By AUTUMN HUGHES
Members of The Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of the Ocoee Region (UWOR) gathered for a celebration Thursday night. Special guests for the evening were Jim Haslam and Sharon Pryse, chairs of the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Tocqueville Society.
Members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of the Ocoee Region gathered for a celebration Thursday night.
The event included a meal of small-plate tapas prepared as part of an “Argentine Asado Experience” and expertly paired wines.
UWOR President and CEO Matt Ryerson and Donor Engagement coordinator Ashlan Morelock greeted guests to the exclusive event held at Southern Charm Venue on Minnis Road.
Special guests for the evening were Jim Haslam and Sharon Pryse, chairs of the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Tocqueville Society.
Members of the Tocqueville Society donate at least $10,000 annually to the United Way. The local society was established in 1987.
In his remarks to the local group, Haslam asked how many people are members and was told 19.
"He said, 'That's a good number but I'll tell you what I'll do: When you hit 25 call me and I'll be your 26th," Morelock said.
Morelock said she and Ryerson are already making plans to grow the ranks of the local Tocqueville Society and meet the challenge Haslam generously provided.
"We are very excited," Morelock said. "As I was walking Mr. Haslam out to his car, I told him he'd be hearing from me soon to collect his $10,000."
Chef Mariano Cebrián, owner and operator of Panoram Imports of Chattanooga, was in charge of the meal that featured the grilled art and flavor of the Argentine asado – a combination barbecue and social event. The meal included 15 entrées served as small-plate tapas and presented in seven courses
About the Alexis de Tocqueville Society
Founded in 1984, the United Way Tocqueville Society is an opportunity for passionate individuals to become more deeply involved in United Way’s mission.
The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions in the United States, France and Romania who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.
Specifically, the United Way Tocqueville Society aims to:
• Change lives through philanthropic leadership focused on the building blocks for a better life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family through retirement, and good health
• Communicate the vital role of personal philanthropic action in creating long-lasting changes.
• Expand high-level personal giving and United Way Major and Planned Giving programs.
• Strengthen local United Way leadership by building a network of like-minded leaders across the globe.
For more information about UWOR’s Tocqueville Society or any of the local United Way programs, visit www.unitedwayocoee.org.
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