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Dallas power luncheon yields landmark $5 million gift for United Way

Dallas power luncheon yields landmark $5 million gift for United Way

Diane Brierley, Ruth Altshuler, Hal Brierley
Diane Brierley, Ruth Altshuler, Hal Brierley Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Meredith Land
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Meredith Land Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning
Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Babe Laufenberg, Ruth Altshuler, Roger Staubach, Hal Brierley, Diane Brierley, Jennifer Sampson, Charlotte Jones Anderson, John Stephens
Babe Laufenberg, Ruth Altshuler, Roger Staubach, Hal Brierley, Diane Brierley, Jennifer Sampson, Charlotte Jones Anderson, John Stephens Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Kit Sawers, Gina Betts
Kit Sawers, Gina Betts Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Darryl Heath, Debra von Storch, Michele and John Stephens
Darryl Heath, Debra von Storch, Michele and John Stephens Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Lauren Reed, Cindy Malone
Lauren Reed, Cindy Malone Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Gracie Hilton, Jennifer Hilton Sampson, Jerry Hilton
Gracie Hilton, Jennifer Hilton Sampson, Jerry Hilton Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Roger Staubach, Jennifer Sampson, Michelle Staubach Grimes
Roger Staubach, Jennifer Sampson, Michelle Staubach Grimes Photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Diane Brierley, Ruth Altshuler, Hal Brierley
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Meredith Land
Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning
Babe Laufenberg, Ruth Altshuler, Roger Staubach, Hal Brierley, Diane Brierley, Jennifer Sampson, Charlotte Jones Anderson, John Stephens
Kit Sawers, Gina Betts
Darryl Heath, Debra von Storch, Michele and John Stephens
Lauren Reed, Cindy Malone
Gracie Hilton, Jennifer Hilton Sampson, Jerry Hilton
Roger Staubach, Jennifer Sampson, Michelle Staubach Grimes

It's not easy to stun a crowd of the city's most generous donors. But Diane and Hal Brierley managed to do it at the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society Second Tuesday Luncheon, where the couple gifted the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas with $5 million.

It's the largest donation the United Way has ever received from a couple, and it's the philanthropic pair's largest donation to a single service organization. Known for their service to the Dallas community, they have been United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Tocqueville Society members for more than two decades.

Formed in 1984, the Tocqueville Society was launched by Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. At this sell-out luncheon, Staubach and Aikman stand-in Babe Laufenberg joined Ruth Altshuler, Tocqueville Society co-chair and Cowboys vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas president and CEO Jennifer Sampson to welcome members to AT&T's global headquarters downtown.

The Brierleys received a 55-second standing ovation. "It's one of the most significant gifts in our history, the Brierleys' largest to a social service organization, and one that sets a bar for the strategy of endowing Tocqueville gifts in the future," said Sampson. "Most important, it comes from two people who do not engage their energy by halves.

"When the Brierleys are in, they're all in."

Other Tocqueville Society members in attendance include Randy Tomlin, Debra von Storch, Laura and Jason Downing, Carol and Don Glendenning, Pat Faubion, Cyndy Malone, Sara and Gary Ahr, Manny Fernandez, and Michele Stephens. Special guests included Michelle Staubach Grimes, Meredith Land, Gina Betts, and Sonny Garcia.

Now more than 900 members strong, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 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.