Take a Bow

Dallas volunteers break bread in anticipation of major civic award

Dallas volunteers break bread in anticipation of major civic award

Deanna Naugles, Stephen Giles, Anne Motsenbocker
Deanna Naugles, Stephen Giles, Anne Motsenbocker Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Clarice Tinsley, Jennifer Sampson
Clarice Tinsley, Jennifer Sampson Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley, Baga Pjetrovic
Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley, Baga Pjetrovic Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Ginger Allen, Jason Sickles
Ginger Allen, Jason Sickles Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Scott Murray, Mike Doocy, Darren Woodson
 Scott Murray, Mike Doocy, Darren Woodson Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Michele Mecca, Gerry Mecca
Michele Mecca, Gerry Mecca Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Barbara Lord Watkins, Anne Motsenbocker, Clarice Tinsley
Barbara Lord Watkins, Anne Motsenbocker, Clarice Tinsley Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Sydney Seiger, Joanne Bahrenburg
Sydney Seiger, Joanne Bahrenburg Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Tiffany Woodson, Darren Woodson
Tiffany Woodson, Darren Woodson Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Tate Sands, Lynn Mahurin, Jessica Lee
Tate Sands, Lynn Mahurin, Jessica Lee Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Stephen Giles, Regen Fearon, Kathy Saunders
Stephen Giles, Regen Fearon, Kathy Saunders Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Bob West, Sally Mashburn
Bob West, Sally Mashburn Photo by Kelly Alexander Photography
Deanna Naugles, Stephen Giles, Anne Motsenbocker
Clarice Tinsley, Jennifer Sampson
Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley, Baga Pjetrovic
Ginger Allen, Jason Sickles
Scott Murray, Mike Doocy, Darren Woodson
Michele Mecca, Gerry Mecca
Barbara Lord Watkins, Anne Motsenbocker, Clarice Tinsley
Sydney Seiger, Joanne Bahrenburg
Tiffany Woodson, Darren Woodson
Tate Sands, Lynn Mahurin, Jessica Lee
Stephen Giles, Regen Fearon, Kathy Saunders
Bob West, Sally Mashburn

Since 1979, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has been recognizing individuals who epitomize the spirit of volunteerism with the J. Erik Jonsson Award. While we'll all have to wait until the big United Way Awards in May to discover this year's winner, the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society met at its Second Tuesday Luncheon in the meantime to honor past recipients.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas president and CEO Jennifer Sampson welcomed members to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, along with Women of Tocqueville chair Kristy Faus.

Receiving some well-earned applause were Barbara Lord Watkins, Chuck Gummer, Sam Self, and Debbie Taylor, all previous awardees who were acknowledged for their work as outstanding volunteers.

Named for the co-founder of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, four-term Dallas mayor, and the first president and co-founder of Texas Instruments, the J. Erik Jonsson Award is the group's highest volunteer award. Candidates are nominated by United Way volunteers and staff, and the recipient is selected by an adjudication panel composed of past winners.

Keynote speaker Clarice Tinsley then took the audience through her four incredible decades at Fox 4, from covering international news to affecting local change through her reporting in Dallas.

Now more than 950 members strong, the Tocqueville Society — Ruth Sharp Altshuler Circle of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 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.