United Way Suncoast uses the famed fleur-de-lis to symbolize its Tocqueville Society group of donors. History tells us the fleur-de-lis represents faith, wisdom, and chivalry. Jamie and Jane Egasti have shown faith in the mission of United Way Suncoast, wisdom in helping shape the groundbreaking Campbell Park Early Learning Initiative and chivalry in coming to the rescue of so many precious minds in South St. Petersburg.
Last month, we presented the inaugural Spirit of Tocqueville Award to the Egastis at a special breakfast at the Centre Club. The Spirit of Tocqueville Award will be given annually to an individual or couple who exemplifies the philanthropic spirit of Alexis de Tocqueville. Here is a short video that highlights the Campbell Park Early Learning Initiative.
We thank all who attended the breakfast. We appreciated the opportunity to reconnect in person. The members not only got a chance to learn more about the early learning initiative in Campbell Park, but they also enjoyed the comments of St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Stephanie Owens, “We’re all here because we want to be here. We want to be right here in our communities, thriving,” Owens said. “I think we’re going to make it happen in St. Petersburg. I know that you’re making it happen with United Way and I encourage each and every one of you, in your own individual lives, to continue to make it happen.”
The namesake of the Tocqueville Society, French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, admired the American spirit of neighbor helping neighbor when he visited in 1831. Today, members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society exemplify that philanthropic spirit that so impressed young Tocqueville. We still have neighbors helping neighbors. Our recent Week of Caring effort inspired 463 volunteers to complete 53 projects for 26 organizations. The work extended to more than 1,000 hours, delivering a value of $30,195 to groups still grappling with the effects of the pandemic, spiraling inflation, and pressing staff shortages.
The United Way Suncoast Tocqueville Society provides individuals the opportunity to help lead a movement that transforms lives today and for generations. You’ve seized that opportunity, transforming from civic leaders to community champions, advocates and committed citizens dedicated to improving lives across our region. You make it possible for people to achieve their full potential.
The Egastis and our Tocqueville Society members continue to help give people the freedom to rise. To learn more, please contact Sara Miller.