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United Way to Honor Brady Louis



Recipient of 2014 Tocqueville Award

(ERIE, PA) June 18, 2014 - United Way of Erie County has announced that F. Brady Louis is the 2014 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during a dinner ceremony at the Ambassador Conference Center on Tuesday, July 15. 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, Brady Louis has been one of Erie County’s premier volunteers, donating his time, talent and expertise in countless ways to improve lives and make Erie County a better place to live. Since moving to Erie in 1969, Brady has served on the boards of more than 20 local nonprofits. He has also become Erie’s most prolific Master of Ceremonies, frequently serving as an auctioneer as well.

“Brady’s enthusiasm is infectious,” said Walter & Joan Harf in their nomination of Brady Louis for the award. He is also the past recipient of various awards from other local nonprofits, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Volunteer Award from the March of Dimes, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Man and Boy Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Erie, the Edward C. Doll Community Service Award from the Erie Community Foundation, and many others.

Brady has been a strong United Way volunteer for four decades, serving on United Way’s board, as chairperson of United Way’s Week of Thanks, and on the planning committee for United Way’s Imagination Ball. He has also been a longtime supporter of many other local organizations, including the Rotary Club of Erie, the Erie Playhouse, and the Neighborhood Art House.

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 Jim Dible, John Horan, Rev. Steven Pimen Simon 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 help more Erie County families become self-sufficient by 2025. Additional information about United Way of Erie County and its programs and initiatives can be found at