United Way of Central Maryland Honors Local Philanthropists at Tocqueville Society Event
Andy and Sana Brooks, T. Rowe Price, Gertrude B. Hopkins and the Harford Family House Inc. Recognized at Annual Event
Baltimore, MD (September 17, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland celebrated the recipients of the Philanthropists of the Year, Outstanding Tocqueville Organization of the Year, and Volunteers of a Lifetime award at this year’s Tocqueville Society event, recognizing the impact of 530 members of its Tocqueville Society. Members of the Dix Années Société, society members for ten or more consecutive years, were also recognized.
The 28th Annual Tocqueville Society Event on September 16 was hosted by Monica and Hugh Warns at the Penguin Coast exhibit at The Maryland Zoo and kicked off with a performance by the Pathway Church of God youth choir, a recipient of United Way’s Maryland Unites funding to restore Baltimore following the unrest. United Way of Central Maryland recognized the commitment and influence of Tocqueville Society members and their contributions over the last year to the organization’s efforts to improve education, financial stability and health in central Maryland. Members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society each contribute $10,000 or more annually, and last year contributed a total of close to $8 million collectively.
This year’s honorees include:
Philanthropists of the Year – Andy and Sana Brooks
For their leadership and outstanding financial commitment to changing the odds for families and communities, husband and wife Andy and Sana Brooks were recognized as Philanthropists of the Year. Andy Brooks is head of U.S. Equity Training and vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Sana is a first grade schoolteacher at Calvert School.
Outstanding Tocqueville Organization of the Year – T. Rowe Price
T. Rowe Price’s support for the Tocqueville Society has gone beyond donations. Their associates have donated their time through ongoing volunteer opportunities in the community. In addition, T. Rowe Price helped grow Tocqueville Society by 83 total members, thanks to Andy’s leadership and passion for sharing the work of United Way.
Volunteer of a Lifetime – Gertrude B. Hopkins and Harford Family House, Inc.
Gertrude B. Hopkins has devoted the past 26 years to helping families in crisis regain their independence at the Harford Family House, Inc. As one of the founding Board Members, B. has served as an apartment sponsor, setting up apartments for new families, helping them get settled and establish connections in the community, and everything in-between. She has also brought on additional volunteers through her efforts to promote the organization.
“The individuals recognized last evening, along with all of our Tocqueville Society members have made an extraordinary impact through their generosity, volunteering and advocacy,” said Holly Hoey, Vice President, Major Gifts of United Way of Central Maryland. “This annual celebration allows United Way to say thank you and show our appreciation for all of their efforts.”
Tocqueville Society members have given a cumulative total of $102.7 million to United Way’s work since its founding in 1987, uplifting poverty-stricken residents of central Maryland. Today, gifts given by 530 Tocqueville Society members account for thirty-three percent of United Way’s annual private sector funding.
To learn more about United Way’s Tocqueville Society, please visit www.uwcm.org/tocqueville.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.