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United Way Honors Jim Dible with 2013 Tocqueville Award

July 18, 2013 (ERIE, PA) - United Way of Erie County presented Jim Dible with the 2013 Tocqueville Award during a dinner ceremony tonight at the Ambassador Conference Center. 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, having donated his time, talent and expertise in countless ways to improve the community. 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.

In addition to his formal volunteer roles, Jim has been generous with his time in serving as a mentor to younger professionals from the area. In this capacity, he has provided both encouragement and direction to help those individuals grow and perform to the best of their ability. Many executives and other volunteers credit Jim with contributions that have transformed the local landscape and will positively impact those who live and work here for years to come.

Jim Dible currently serves as a 15-year member of the Board of Directors at United Way of Erie County, having also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee, and as a member of a number of other United Way committees, including its Campaign Cabinet. He was also heavily involved with the creation of Erie Together, the region’s anti-poverty movement, and he has served as a member of Erie Together’s Steward Team since its inception.

Jim Dible’s volunteer efforts have also included, among others, serving as a Corporator at both Saint Vincent Hospital and Hamot Health Foundation, a member of the Governing Body at ATHENA PowerLink®, and a member of the Board of Directors at ArtsErie. Additionally, he has served, oftentimes as Chair, on the Board of Directors at the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, on the VisitErie Board of Directors, as a member and president of the Board of Trustees at the PA Newspaper Association Foundation and as a member of the Advisory Board at PNC Bank, Northwest PA.

In honor of his lifelong commitment to advancing the common good in our region, United Way of Erie County presents the 2013 Tocqueville Award to Jim Dible.

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, Joan & Walter Harf, Tom Hagen, Marlene Mosco and Rev. Steven Pimen Simon.

About United Way of Erie County:
United Way is working to advance the common good in Erie County by creating opportunities for a better life for all in the areas of Education, Income and Health. United Way of Erie County’s mission is to decrease poverty in Erie County. Additional information about United Way of Erie County and its programs and initiatives can be found at