The Town of Palm Beach United Way hosted the 28th Annual Tocqueville Society Dinner in honor of its major donors, thanking them for their commitment to lasting community change. The evening honored Michele Kessler with the “Distinguished Community Citizen Award.” The award is the highest honor the Town of Palm Beach United Way bestows and recognizes unparalleled leadership in philanthropy. (Bio attached)
“Michele is the perfect example of a true philanthropist. She exemplifies the spirit of caring and the power to make meaningful impact in our community” said Jay Boodheshwar, Chairman of the Board.
Since 1990, the Distinguished Citizen Award has been given each year to an individual or individuals whose outstanding volunteer service has demonstrated commitment and has inspired others to serve in the community. Past honorees include Thomas C. Quick, Doyle Rogers, Frances Hufty, Nate Appleman, John Brogan, Ann Appleman, Alex Dreyfoos, Edward Cook, Sidney Kohl, Helen Cluett, Mary Alice Fortin, Christine Curtis, Anita Michaels, Gene Ribakoff, Paul Leone, Nicki and Ira Harris, Ruth and Carl Shapiro, Mary and Bob Montgomery, Ruth and Edward Hennessy, Daniel Ponton, Sydelle Meyer, Marjorie Fisher, Lesly Smith, Stanley Rumbough, Bud Tamarkin and Danielle Moore.
Thomas C. Quick, Chairman of this year’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, thanked society members for their incredible generosity, raising $4,203,249 to date and for their commitment to improving the health, income and education of those less fortunate in our community. In its 28-year history the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Palm Beach has raised over $64 million. “The Tocqueville Society serves as a great example of what distinguishes Palm Beach as a special place to live…for the love, care and attention for those individuals less fortunate in the surrounding communities” said Quick.
The dinner was held on March 27, 2017 at Club Colette and was graciously underwritten by Sabadell Bank & Trust.