The “Alexis de Tocqueville Award Celebration” honors a recipient (or recipients) every year since 1986, (except 2003 and 2005) who is committed to philanthropy, service and leadership in the New Orleans community. This year’s honoree, Carol Wise, was instrumental in founding the Women’s Leadership Counsel of United Way, Success By 6 and the Child Care Rebuild Collaborative after Hurricane Katrina and has been in the forefront of improving childcare in our city.

Flo Schornstein, chair and former award recipient, invites you to put on your cocktail attire for the gala Thursday, November 15, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Pictured above and on the cover, with John Hollowell, Executive Vice President of Deep Water Shell Energy Resources Company (Shell Oil Company is the presenting sponsor), former recipient Frank Stewart and C. Allen Favrot, former recipient and original founder of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. The evening begins with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. with the awards gala following. Emcee Angela Hill will lead the evening featuring entertainment by Joe Simon and surprise guests. Call 827-6846 or email to purchase tickets and for more information.

Since 1924, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana (formerly United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area) provides funding to more than 100 programs and 70 partner agencies serving the people of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. By partnering with donors, employers, nonprofits and faith and government groups, United Way brings a coordinated approach to solving community problems. Visit for more information on the United Way and ways you can help.

Special thanks to Melody Reed, Manager of Leadership Giving for United Way of Southeast Louisiana.