United Way of Erie County has announced that Attorney Robert G. “Bob” Dwyer is the 2016 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during a dinner ceremony at the Ambassador Conference Center on Tuesday, July 12. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to our community through personal leadership and long-time commitment. The award dinner brings together Tocqueville Society (donors of $10,000+ annually), Leadership Giving Society ($1,000+ annually) and Young Leaders Society ($500+ annually and under the age of 45) members, along with past award recipients and guests of the honoree to pay tribute to the recipient of United Way’s highest honor.
For decades, Robert G. “Bob” Dwyer has been one of the community’s premier volunteers, donating his time, talent and expertise in countless ways to improve lives and make Erie County a better place to live. After receiving his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, Dwyer returned to Erie and joined the Knox Law Firm. Over the past 40 years, he has committed himself to making a lasting impact on our community.
“Bob’s service has profoundly affected the quality of life in Erie County,” said Father Steven Pimen Simon in his nomination of Dwyer for the Tocqueville Award. Dwyer is also the past recipient of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership’s Louis J. Tullio Community Service Award and Hamot Health Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisor of the Year Award.
Dwyer has been a strong United Way volunteer for four decades, where he served as both the chair and as an at-large member of United Way’s board. He also volunteered for United Way as a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Professional Advisory Committee, the Legacy and Endowment Steering Committee, and the Board of Corporators. He also participated in United Way campaign and allocation activities for many years.