On May 2, Keith and Doreen Koenig welcomed 150 United Way of Broward County Tocqueville Society members and guests for a private reception at their home in Plantation. Tocqueville Society member, Ray Rodriguez was recognized at the reception as the 2011/2012 United Way of Broward County Tocqueville Society Award recipient for his outstanding philanthropic leadership and volunteerism.
Mr. Rodriguez’s commitment to volunteerism, creative approach to serving the Broward community, outstanding leadership, long-term financial commitment, and encouragement to others to get involved, exemplify the qualities of a Tocqueville Society Award recipient.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Rodriguez has been a committed volunteer and donor to United Way of Broward County. He served on the board of directors as treasurer and board chair, the finance and allocations committees, and a strategic planning task force that positioned United Way as a “catalyst for change.” He and his wife, Cindy, have been members of the Tocqueville Society for 10 years.
United Way of Broward County’s Tocqueville Society was established to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of the most generous and community-minded investors. In the spirit of the French political thinker, Alexis de Tocqueville, and his admiration of voluntarism in America, United Way of America founded the Tocqueville Society in 1984.
The United Way of Broward County Tocqueville Society was founded in 1990 by community leaders Bob Elmore, Wayne and Marti Huizenga, Bob and Millicent Steele, and William and Norma Horvitz. The Tocqueville Society represents the collective caring power of more than 110 individuals and couples who invest $10,000 or more per year in United Way of Broward County. With more than 26,000 members nationwide, Tocqueville Society members stand as strong symbols of support for initiatives and programs that improve lives while building a stronger, healthier, more vibrant community.
Locally, as well as nationally, generous gifts from individual donors are what make it possible for United Way 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 visionaries and champions. They are people who advance the common good by funding initiatives 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.