Named for the 19th Century French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville, the Society represents the beliefs that individuals prove to be the real impetus for community impact through their compassion, commitment, and generosity. The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Tocqueville Society comprises individuals whose generosity reflects extraordinary concern, foresight, and dedication to influencing positive change and inspiring a better life for everyone throughout Western New York.
PhilanthropistS of the Year
The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Philanthropist of the Year award recognizes those who are the embodiment of what it means to Live United. All our honorees share a deep philanthropic spirit and a history of volunteer efforts.
Michael Toner and Paulette Crooke's commitment to this community exemplified by whole-hearted community service, strong organizational leadership, and selfless philanthropy is why we are proud to name them as the 2019 Philanthropists of the Year.