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Press Release: 2013 Tocqueville Award

United Way to Honor Jim Dible

Recipient of 2013 Tocqueville Award

ERIE, PA (May 16, 2013) - United Way of Erie County has announced that Jim Dible is the 2013 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during a dinner ceremony at the Ambassador Conference Center on Thursday, July 18. 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) and Leadership Giving Society ($1,000+ annually) members, along with past award recipients and guests of the honoree to pay tribute to the recipient of United Way’s highest honor.

Jim Dible has dedicated decades of his life to volunteerism, donating his time, talent and expertise in countless ways to improve lives and communities. Over the years, Jim’s volunteer involvement has included human services, healthcare, economic development, business development, arts and culture, tourism, education and poverty reduction efforts. He brings wisdom, passion, and commitment to each role he assumes, and because of that, he is a highly coveted volunteer.

In addition to his formal volunteer roles, Jim has also been very generous with his time in serving as a mentor to younger professionals. In this capacity he has provided both encouragement and direction to help those individuals grow and perform to the best of their ability. Also, Jim has consistently supported volunteer service among his staff members and those who call him their mentor, and by doing so, he has nurtured and helped cultivate the next generation of community leaders.

Jim is retired from the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Parntnership, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Jim was Publisher of the Erie Times-News. He served on the Boards of ArtsErie, VisitErie, PA Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, Times Publishing Newspapers in Education and United Way of Erie County. He also also been a vital member of the Erie Together Steward Team since 2009.

Since 1983, the Tocqueville Award has been given each year to an individual whose outstanding volunteer service has demonstrated commitment and creativity and has inspired others to serve in the community. The service must have been sustained over a number of years, and should be of significance to the Erie community. Recent honorees include John Horan, Rev. Steven Pimen Simon, Tom Hagen and Marlene Mosco.

About United Way of Erie County:
United Way is a leader in reducing poverty in Erie County by creating opportunities in the building blocks for good life: Education, Income and Health. United Way is directing its resources to reduce poverty in Erie County by 2025. Additional information about United Way of Erie County and its programs and initiatives can be found at