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What it Means to Give Back to My Community


Mile High United Way’s Tocqueville Society is an esteemed group of business and philanthropic leaders dedicated to tackling our community’s most pressing challenges.


The Tocqueville Inspiration Award was created to recognize individuals who have been pioneering and steadfast in their work to engage their corporate and personal networks in participating financially, and as ambassadors on behalf of Mile High United Way and its programs. This year we are thrilled to give this award to Marty & Phyl Ruffalo.


Marty and Phyl have been engaged with the United Way for many years and Mile High United Way Tocqueville members for more than a decade. As a Tocqueville Ambassador, Marty engages business and community leaders in the Society, and Marty and Phyl are the first members of our brand new Donor Advised Fund. Marty also serves on the volunteer leadership team, stepping up to help us raise $25 million over the next five years for our United for Families: Strong Start, Strong Future initiative. Always ready to jump in and volunteer in our Power Lunch program or mentor a new philanthropist, make thank you calls or attend events, Marty and Phyl are truly an inspiration.


The Tocqueville Ascent Award was created to recognize newer members of the Tocqueville Society who have come on board and quickly become integrally engaged in supporting Mile High United Way’s impact in the community. This year, we were excited to give Celia Dietrich this award.


Celia joined our Champion Circle just last year, and quickly jumped in with both feet. She started by digging in with the staff to learn all she could about the Bridging the Gap program, and when she learned about their desire to strengthen the mental health elements of that program, Celia connected us with the leadership at the National Mental Health Innovation Center at CU’s Anschutz Center. Celia did not hesitate to raise her hand to become part of our volunteer leadership team charged with raising $25 million over the next five years as part of the United for Families: Strong Start, Strong Future initiative. When you work with Celia, what you really feel is her heart – she cares so much about children and families in our community and her authenticity and enthusiasm for our community is truly contagious.


Thank you to Marty and Phyl Ruffalo and Celia Dietrich for all you do for Mile High United Way and our community!


Pictured above (left to right): Marty Ruffalo, Phyl Ruffalo, Celia Dietrich

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