Every year, the United Way for Greater New Orleans Area honors one person committed to philanthropy and service to the New Orleans community with the Alexis de Tocqueville Award. The selection committee most recently honored William Goldring with the 2010 award for his work as president of the Goldring Family Foundation and the Woldenberg Foundation.
Tocqueville Society Chairman Kim Sport said, “Bill Goldring’s concern for the individual as well as the community is in the true style of what Tocqueville described as the extraordinary generosity of Americans.”
The Roosevelt New Orleans provided the backdrop for the Tocqueville Society, which includes patrons who donate $10,000 or more annually, as the patrons dined, danced and bid on items at a silent auction. The student jazz orchestra from Lusher Charter School provided the music and local jazz legend Irvin Mayfield with Ronald Markham surprised guests with a performance.
Master of Ceremonies Clancy DuBos entertained the 700 guests including Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Tocqueville Society founder Mr. C. Allen Favrot. Attendees were treated to a delicious filet mignon dinner catered by the hotel.
The inspirational night was center around the reading of a letter that Goldring’s father wrote to him at the age of 21.
Goldring continues to live and be inspired by that letter about “health, happiness and wealth.”