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Tocqueville Society

The Town of Palm Beach United Way's Tocqueville Society was established by community leaders in 1990 to deepen the understanding, commitment and
support of our most generous donors. Since its inception, the society has raised more than $68 million for the needs in Palm Beach County.

Tocqueville leadership giving is the backbone of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. 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 Nicola and Jeff Marcus.
Last year, the society raised $6,515,350.

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.

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2019 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 recipients are Norma and Bill Tiefel.


The following individuals and couples are past award recipients:

2018 - Jana and John Scarpa
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 - Bob and Mary Montgomery
2005 - Ruth and Carl Shapiro
2004 - Nicki and J. Ira Harris
2003 - Paul Leone
2002 - Gene Ribakoff
2001 - Anita Michaels
2000 - Christine Curtis
1999 - Mary Alice Fortin
1998 - Helen Cluett
1997 - Sidney Kohl
1996 - Edward Cook
1995 - Alex Dreyfoos
1994 - Ann Appleman
1993 - John Brogan
1992 - Nate Appleman
1991 - Frances Hufty
1990 - Doyle Rogers