The Town of Palm Beach United Way's Tocqueville Society was established to deepen the understanding, commitment and support
of our most generous and community-minded investors. In the spirit of the great philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville,
and his admiration of volunteerism in America, United Way of America founded the Tocqueville Society in 1984.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way's Tocqueville Society was established in 1990 by community leaders,
and since its inception has raised more than $68 million for the needs in Palm Beach County.
Generous gifts from individual donors are what make it possible for us to improve lives, strengthen communities and partner with others
to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. These leaders in giving are our visionaries, our champions.
They are people who advance the common good by funding quality programs that focus on the building blocks for a good life —
a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family, and good health.
Membership in the Society is granted to individuals who give a minimum contribution of $10,000 annually to the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
This year's Society is chaired by Debra Vasilopoulos.
Last year, under the chairmanship of Mary Freitas and David Mack, the society raised $3,473,524 from 159 members.
For more information about how to become a Town of Palm Beach United Way Tocqueville Society member
please contact Beth Walton at (561) 655-1919.
2018 distinguished citizen award
The Alexis de Tocqueville Society "Distinguished Citizen Award" is presented by the Town of Palm Beach United Way
at the Annual Tocqueville Society Dinner to an individual or couple who embody the American spirit of giving and volunteerism
witnessed by Alexis de Tocqueville as he traveled the United States in the mid 1800s.
This year's winners are Jana and John Scarpa.
The following individuals and couples are past award recipients:
2017 - Michele Kessler
2016 - Tom Quick
2015 - Danielle Hickox Moore
2014 - Patricia L. Cook
2013 - Bud Tamarkin
2012 - Stanley Rumbough
2011 - Lesly Smith
2010 - Marjorie Fisher
2009 - Sydelle Meyer
2008 - Daniel Ponton
2007 - Ruth and Edward Hennessy
2006 - Rob and Mary Montgomery
2005 - Ruth and Carl Shapiro
2004 - Nicki and J. Ira Harris
2003 - Paul Leone
2002 - Gene Ribakoff
2001 - Anita Hamilton
2000 - Christine Curtis
1999 - Mary Alice Fortin
1998 - Helen Cluett