On Tuesday, January 19, Daniel Ponton hosted a cocktail reception at Club Colette to honor the members of the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Over 125 generous supporters of the Town of Palm Beach United Way attended.
In 1989, the Town of Palm Beach United Way established the local chapter of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for individuals contributing $10,000 a year or more to the campaign. In that year, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Appleman, Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Guyott, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Halmos, and Mr. and Mrs. Leighton Rosenthal became the first members with contributions totaling $60,000. Since its inception the Alexis de Tocqueville Society has raised over $51 million for those in need in Palm Beach County. The Co-Chairmen of this year’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society campaign are Sheila Fine and Lyn Ross.
The National Alexis de Tocqueville Society is named for the French historian and author who came to America in 1831 and praised Americans for voluntarily assisting their neighbors in times of need. In 1972, the desire to recognize individuals who exemplify this spirit of volunteerism for the common good prompted United Way of America to create the National Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and to name it after the young French aristocrat.