The Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Masthead: Blue Ridge Mountains







Setting the Standard

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's local chapter of the Tocqueville Society was created in 1990 to recognize individuals and couples who invest $10,000 or more each year. Since that time, members of the Tocqueville Society have generously given over $21 million to impact critical community issues. 

In addition to their generous community investments, Tocqueville members also leverage their business and community acumen; helping to guide United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's focus, policies, and overall work.


We want to make it easy for you to join. There are numerous ways to make your investment, including asset-based gifts, payroll deduction through your workplace, by phone with a credit card, sending a bank draft, or paper billing, all on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. 

  • Donate $10,000 or more to the Live United Fund and express your interest in the Tocqueville Society.
  • Visit our Ways to Give page and choose the best option for you to contribute and join.
  • For detailed information about the Tocqueville Society, please contact Heather Wingert, 828.333.2426

And be sure to connect with us on Facebook

Tocqueville Society Co-Chairs

  • Bill Hathaway - MAHEC
  • Sharon Hathaway - Mission Health
  • Amy Hanks - Beverly-Hanks and Associates, Realtors

Joining the Tocqueville Society isn't just about becoming a critical investor in our community and the work of United Way. Members also receive many personal and professional benefits:

  • A special feature in our Leaders United publication as well as in United Way Worldwide's Book of Leaders (unless you prefer to remain anonymous);
  • Networking opportunities with other members and corporate and community leaders;
  • An annual recognition reception for all Leadership Givers;
  • Two annual events held exclusively for Tocqueville Society members;
  • The opportunity to help shape the scope and direction of United Way's work;
  • A place of honor among Leadership Givers and the opportunity to inspire the generosity of others; and
  • Regular communication sharing the tremendous impact members are making in our community.

In 1973, United Way of America began honoring those who demonstrated extraordinary commitment, leadership, and service and made a broad impact on their community and/or the nation. Previous winners of the national award include Ambassador Walter Annenberg, Presidents Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter, Senator and Mrs. John Glenn, and Bob Hope. In 2002, we began the tradition locally, with Buddy and Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg being honored with our first Tocqueville Society Community Service Award. Explore the full listing of local Community Service Award winners

This Award is given annually in recognition of philanthropic leadership and unwavering community engagement. This year we had the pleasure of awarding Bob and Glenda Burgin with the Tocqueville Society Community Service Award for their long and storied history of philanthropic service throughout Buncombe County. For more information about their incredible impact throughout our community click HERE. Congratulations, Bob and Glenda, and thank you for your tireless efforts!

** Denotes Tocqueville Community Service Award Recipient

Marla and Joel Adams**
Tim and Amy Bibby
Ruth and Ron Billings
Barbara Blomberg**
Bart and Elaine Boyer
Travis and Jenny Boyer
Donna and Ed Broadwell
Drs. Cindy and David Brown
Joe and Janice Brumit**
Scott and Tracy Buchanan**
Tim and Linda Bugg
Glenda and Bob Burgin
Ken and Lisa Carrig
Randy and Martha Carson
Curtis and Greg Catevenis
Kit and Mark Cramer
Michael and Gina Crawford
David and Suzanne DeFerie**
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Bobbie Eblen
Dr. Leon Elliston 
Tom and Carolyn Fehsenfeld
Ernest and Shirley Ferguson
Tom and Kay Finger
Gary and Taylor Foss**
David and Charise Gantt
Drs. John and Janet Garrett
Michael and Kay Goodman
David Greiner and James Gray
Hugh and Susan Greene
Junius and Pat Grimes 
George and Barbara Groome**
Neal and Amy Hanks
Drs. Bill and Sharon Hathaway
James and Marie Hefley
Vicki Heidinger
Ken and Jane Hughes 
Dr. Randy and Mary Johnson

Dr. Robert and Lynn Kieffer
Dr. Phyllis Lang
Jeff and Cherie Ledford 
Bill and Heather Lee**
Lyn and Tom Leslie
Bernd and Toby Linder
Joe and Catherine Lordi
Barbra and Keith Love**
Greg and Lee Lowe
Dorie Maitland (In Memoriam)
Larry and Joanne Manofsky* (through the Provident Benevolent Foundation)
David and Majorie McGuirk
Lee and Rob Merrill
Jim and Pat Morris
Jim Oliver
Butch and Kathy Patrick 
Lynn Patton
Karl Von Ruck (In Memoriam)
Robert Pew and Susan Taylor
Michael and Linda Rauchwarg
George and Donna Renfro
Charles and Eula Jo Silver
Traci and Ricky Silver
Debra and Jeff Slosman
Brad and Shelli Stanback
Bernie and Sue Stanek
Jerry Sternberg** and Marlene Breger-Joyce
Jimbo and Robin Stickney** 
Dana and Jana Stonestreet
Dr. James and Beth Teague
John and Diane Teeter**
Pam and Jim Turner**
Warren and Lauren Wall
David and Joy Wiggins
Drs. Win and Meg Word-Sims
David and Dianne Worley
JoAnn Yoder
Dr. Michael and Ann Young**