This special award recognizes outstanding community service...something Jean and Adolph "Bucks" Weil knew much about.
In 1977 the Montgomery Area United Way established the "Special United Way Award." The award recognized individuals or groups that had shown exemplary service to the community through the United Way. In 1995, the award was renamed to honor Adolph “Bucks” Weil Jr. and the exemplary service he provided to Montgomery and surrounding communities.
Bucks’ philanthropic endeavors were of legendary measure, the care he showed to others was selfless and his service to our community was unparalleled. In 1970, Bucks served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Area United Appeal. Under his leadership, Campaign Chair Bill Oswalt led the United Appear to its first Million Dollar campaign. Bucks Weil was a charter member of The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way and remained a member of the society until his passing in 1995.
Bucks was not alone in his commitment to community and volunteering; his wife, Jean, also had a servant’s heart and a spirit that placed the wellbeing of others above her own. In addition to her commitment to the United Way, Jean was a longtime supporter of the Montgomery Zoo, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Montgomery Academy, the Montgomery Humane Society and the Temple Beth Or Sisterhood. She was the longest acting Pink Lady at St. Margaret’s Hospital until her passing in 2012.
In 2012, Adolph “Bucks” Weil Award was renamed by the River Region United Way to recognize the service and philanthropic endeavors made by both Bucks and Jean Weil. The Jean & Adolph “Bucks” Weil Award recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding service and contributions to the community through the River Region United Way.
As the newest honorees of The Jean and Adolph "Bucks" Weil Award, Barrie and Laura Harmon were genuinely surprised when RRUW President and CEO Russ Dunman presented them with the award at United Way's Annual Meeting on April 17, 2013.
In 2010, Barrie and Laura became Co-Chairs of The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way. When the Harmons assumed the leadership role of The Tocqueville Society, there were 43 members contributing 11% of the River Region United Way’s annual campaign. By 2012, the membership had grown to 91, and collectively, members contributed an astounding $1,218,749 -- or 23% of the annual campaign.
Barrie and Laura Harmon are involved in numerous nonprofit organizations in our community and donate their time and efforts to support the Jackson Hospital Foundation, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Central Alabama Community Foundation, the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in addition to their work with the River Region United Way.
Barrie and Laura Harmon exemplify the philanthropic commitment Jean and Bucks Weil possessed years before; they serve as living examples of the quote “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” River Region United Way is grateful for their service and is proud to honor them in 2012.
Photo of Laura and Barrie Harmon with Russ Dunman provided courtesy of Frank C. Willams