Tocqueville Society

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.

William & Patricia Frederick's commitment to this community exemplified by whole-hearted community service and selfless philanthropy is why we are proud to name them as the 2020 Philanthropists of the Year.


2019 Tocqueville Society members



Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. Jacobs Sr.


$100,000 - $999,999

William and Patricia Frederick

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation


$50,000 - $99,999

Paul Babbitt and Judith VanNostrand

James H. Cummings Foundation

Christopher and Holly Nelson

1 Member Wishes To Remain Anonymous 


$25,000 - $49,999

Charles E. Balbach, Melissa Balbach and John Bace,  Jennifer and Teo Balbach

Peter Grogan and Christye Peterson, Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management                                               

Dave and Shari Hore

The Noble Family Charitable Foundation

Stanford and Judith Lipsey Foundation

Donald I. MacDavid Estate

The Marks Family Foundation

Lumsden & McCormick LLP

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Regan Jr.

Anne and Phil Rimmler

2 Members Wish To Remain Anonymous 


$15,000 - $24,999

Sebastian, Awner, Houlding, O'Brien Group at Merrill Lynch

Mr. Chris and Mrs. Kimberly Sebastian

Mrs. Maxine and Dr. Steven Awner

Mr. Austin Houlding and Ms. Michelle Daubert

Mr. James and Mrs. Patricia O'Brien

Joan and David Bruce

EJ and Karen Butler

Bill and Jody Dowdall

Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation

Josephine Goodyear Foundation

Walter and Connie Constantine

Peter and Mary Jo Hunt

Alice and Jeremy Jacobs Jr.

Lawley Insurance

Margaret M. Martin

Carolyn and Bob Montgomery

Ms. Betty Ramming  

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sadler Jr.

Robert and Chesterine Stevenson

Eileen & Rupert Warren Charitable Fund

Ted and Ginna Walsh

Margaret and Bob Zak

1 Member Wishes To Remain Anonymous 


$10,000 - $14,999

Mr.  Frederick Attea

The Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation

Bennett Family

Jim and Rosemary Biddle Jr. 

Jill and Keith Bond

Ann and Bob Brady

Paul and Victoria Comeau

Shawn and Amy Connolly

Paulette M. Crooke and Michael Toner

Frank and Robin Curci

Mary Anne and Ray Dannenhoffer, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

James and Alison Derrick

James and Karen Dusel

Robert and Elizabeth Evans

Drs. Eli Farhi and Emily S. Friedan

Chris and Jennifer Feeney, Delaware North

Bob and Lisa Feldman

Eric and Brenda Feldstein

David and Sandra Fraboni

Dr. Joseph A. Gardella Jr. and Ms. Carol A. Kizis

Bodil and George Gellman

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Gibbons

Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Gioia

Gene and Kathy Gramza

Pete Grum

Mr. and Mrs. James Houser, Delaware North                              

John J. and Maureen O. Hurley, Canisius College

Louis and Joan Jacobs

Edwin M. Johnston Jr.

William and Anne Joyce

Kenneth R. and Linda A. Kahn

Christopher and Julie Kay 

Adair and Kevin Kearney, Hodgson Russ LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Koch,  New Era Cap 

Brian and Deborah Lipke

Jock and Betsy Mitchell

Trudy and Van Mollenberg

Carol and Carl Montante

Mr. Stephen J. Muscato and Ms. Theresa J. Muscato

Sanford and Margery Nobel

Susan and Robert O'Sullivan

Ronald J. and Diana M. Papa

Richard and Karen Penfold

Frederick and Lisa Pierce

Ann and John Sessions

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Shedler

Mrs. Kenneth L. Slawson

Harris N. Snyder Fund

Maria Testa and Thomas Petrocelli

Joseph S. & Mary Ann Testa Philanthropic Fund

Robert P. Thill & Elizabeth A. Moll Charitable Gift Fund

Alan and Phyllis Vogt

Jim and Michal Wadsworth

Jack Walsh

Robert and Aileen Walter

Gina and Michael Weiner

Weiss Family Philanthropic Fund

Heather and Jon M. Williams, The OSC Charitable Foundation

Dr. Gil Wolfe

Howard and Leslie Zemsky

2 Members Wish To Remain Anonymous