The United Way of Southeast Louisiana presented the 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award to entrepreneur and philanthropist David Fennelly, Chair of Associated Terminals and Turn Services. Fennelly has pledged a donation of $1 million to give back to the region he proudly calls home.

Earlier in 2015, Fennelly led the launch of United Way’s Club Connect, an early grade reading program that provides books, online reading resources and promotes parent engagement for young students. The program recently launched at Hynes Charter Elementary School, which sent its cheerleading squad and chorus to attend the award celebration as special guests who offered a performance as thanks.

The “Alexis de Tocqueville Award Celebration” took place at the Hyatt Regency, where guests enjoyed a seated dinner and program led by Master of Ceremonies Todd Slack, Chair of the Board of Trustees. Irish music and dancers created a festive atmosphere. The evening also included a video tribute to Fennelly to celebrate the community he empowers.

The Tocqueville Cabinet includes Alexis Hocevar (Chair), Florence Schornstein (Chair), Elwood Cahill, Dan Casey, C. Allen Favrot, Rick Haase (Chair of Campaign Cabinet), Catherine McRae, John Roberts, Frank Stewart, Michael Williamson (President and CEO), Barbara Windhorst and Carol Wise. Florence Schornstein presented the award to Fennelly.


Thanks A Million
Board Member Richard Howe and Founder Allen Favrot
Thanks A Million
Carlos Sanchez, Honoree David Fennelly, Kay Fennelly and United Way SELA President and CEO Michael Williamson

Event at a Glance

What: “Alexis de Tocqueville Award Celebration,” benefiting United Way of Southeast Louisiana
When: Thursday, November 19
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans