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United Way of the Cape Fear Area honors leadership donors within out Harriss-Newman Society.  Leadership Donors represent individuals or couples that contribute $1000 or more per year.  Members of our Tocqueville Society are donors who contribute $10,000 or more per year.

United Way Tocqueville Society

The United Way Tocqueville Society was created to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating a better life for all. Founded by United Way of America in 1984, the Tocqueville Society recognizes the generosity of individuals and couples who contribute at the highest levels of personal giving, with a minimum annual donation of $10,000 to United Way.

The Tocqueville Society honors the work of French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured America in 1831 and wrote eloquently about the generosity and volunteerism that lives in the American heart. Members of the society are caring philanthropists who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.

For more information on UWCFA’s Tocqueville Society, please call Ken DeDominicis at 910-798-3900.

Laurence Gray Sprunt Society

The Laurence Gray Sprunt Society recognized those who give a yearly donation of $5,000 – $10,000 to United Way of the Cape Fear Area.

Laurence Gray Sprunt, from the prominent longtime Wilmington family, was the son of James Laurence and Annie Gray Nash Ruffin. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1949 and spent over three years in WWII in the Navy aboard the USS Chester T. O’Brien. Mr. Sprunt helped to manage his family home, the Orton Plantation, along with his brother, for the last half of his life, passing away in 2016. Mr. Sprunt was a true southern gentleman who was known for his generous natural and his involvement in many charitable organizations throughout his lifetime and in the Cape Fear Area.

The United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s, Laurence Gray Sprunt Society will continue to carry on the Sprunt legacy through your generous gifts. For more information about the Laurence Gray Sprunt Society and how you can donate to this special effort, please contact Ken DeDominicis at 910-798-3900.

Harriss Newman Society

Our Harriss Newman Society recognizes those who contribute $1,000 or more each year to United Way. Harriss Newman Society members are leaders in the effort to advance the common good and build a stronger, more vibrant community.

The Harriss Newman Society is named for one of the founders in 1942 of the Community Chest—the precursor to the United Way. Harriss Newman served as the volunteer president of the Community Chest in 1943 and was a member of the North Carolina state senate.

We celebrate members of the Tocqueville and Harriss Newman Societies annually at our Leadership Reception.  For more information on giving societies and/or the reception, please call Ken DeDominicis at 910-798-3900.