We recognized long-time donors, Richard and Louise Carriere, with the prestigious 2016 Tocqueville Society Award on May 3. The award was presented at an annual thank you celebration for leadership donors. More than 250 people attended the event at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.
“With every aspect of Richard and Louise’s community involvement, their values embody what United Way is all about—improving lives today, and ensuring our ability to help the generations of tomorrow,” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. “It is thanks to the generosity of donors, including the Carriere’s, that we are able to launch and support programs that change lives and strengthen our communities. We are grateful for their commitment to helping Rhode Islanders in need.”
The Carrieres have been members of our Tocqueville Society for 13 years; their commitment helps make significant and long-lasting change in people’s lives.
Founded in 1984, the United Way Tocqueville Society is an affinity program for leadership donors at United Way organizations across the country. The name recognizes Alexis de Tocqueville, a political thinker and historian whose work focused on creating social equality. The annual Tocqueville Society Award is the highest annual honor presented to United Way donors and volunteers. Rhode Island’s Tocqueville Society members contribute more than $3.6 million to United Way of Rhode Island each year.