On January 24, 2019, we were pleased to celebrate the new year by welcoming our new Tocqueville Society members. Thank you to all who attended!

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society, the largest Tocqueville Society in the United States, is a committed leadership group making a measurable and sustainable impact on Child Well-Being in Greater Atlanta through the connected efforts of their philanthropy. The Tocqueville Society is open to individuals who contribute $10,000 or more annually to United Way of Greater Atlanta.

For more information, please email tocqueville@unitedwayatlanta.org.

On October 17th, society members gathered at the Cherokee Town Club for our annual Tocqueville Recognition Reception. During the award ceremony, we discovered unexpected reasons to be thankful.

The Tocqueville Society Award was granted to Mike and Susan Petrik. Each year this award is presented to a member or family who dedicates extraordinary time, talent and treasures throughout the Greater Atlanta community.

The Petriks joined the Tocqueville Society in 1998 and the Ivan Allen Circle in 2012. From 2008-2017, Mike served as the Board Chair, Governance Chair, and Public Policy Chair, all while demonstrating tremendous leadership as part of Alston & Bird’s campaign. In his remarks, Mike shared that the evening was made even more special by the news he and Susan had learned at the doctor’s office just hours before – officially in remission, Susan is now cancer-free.    

We also welcomed former United Way of Greater Atlanta President and CEO, Mark O’Connell, to present the Community Impact award named in his honor. The partner selected for this award shows an above-and-beyond commitment to improving Child Well-Being in our region. The winner, Communities in Schools of Atlanta, was represented by Executive Director, Frank Brown. With tears in his eyes, he expressed gratitude and passion for the students served by the organization – 96 percent of whom were promoted to the next grade level or graduated from high school.  

The program concluded with remarks from Peter Buffett, personally inviting members to attend “A Concert & Conversation” at Morehouse College the following night. Read more here.

Check out photos from the two evening event with Peter Buffett.

 Dave Polstra has been a Tocqueville Society and Ivan Allen Circle member since 2010, and he currently serves on the Tocqueville Cabinet as Chair of the Creative Giving Committee. As Co-Founder of Brightworth, Dave brings more than 30 years of experience, wisdom and insight in the wealth management field.

A personal Wealth Advisor to high-net-worth families since 1981, Dave provides comprehensive financial and investment advice, specializing in retirement transition planning, executive compensation, estate planning and charitable planning. He is a well-known speaker at national conferences, where he teaches retirement plan distribution and wealth transfer strategies to attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors.  

Dave currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is also the past chairman of the board of Eagle Ranch Children’s Home and the Eagle Ranch Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Medical Missions Ministries (MMM), an organization that provides free medical care to the poor living in rural Guatemala. In 2011, Dave received the Global Community Impact Award from Invest in Others Charitable Foundation for his work with MMM.

Dave and his wife, Betsy, have three adult children and are active members of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. His hobbies include jogging, waterskiing, wake surfing and vineyard cultivation.