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Alexis DeTocqueville Reception. Pictured from left to right Jo Bullard, Vaughan Morrissette, Ashley O'Conner, and Lucy Harrison.

United Way Celebrates Remarkable Philanthropy at Alexis De Tocqueville Society Reception

The United Way of Southwest Alabama hosted an unforgettable evening at the Alexis De Tocqueville Society Reception, where longtime supporters gathered to celebrate the spirit of generosity and community impact. The event, held at the Country Club of Mobile, served as a tribute to Clifton and Genie Inge, honoring their enduring commitment to philanthropy and their remarkable contributions to the betterment of Southwest Alabama.

Clifton and Genie Inge, married for 62 years, have left an indelible mark on the community through their steadfast support of numerous organizations including the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Gulf Coast, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Mobile, among others. Their generous donations, totaling over $250,000, have positively impacted the lives of 19,441 individuals in Southwest Alabama, embodying the spirit of compassion and service.

United Way President & CEO Justine Bixler commented, “It was a wonderful evening, filled with gratitude for our long-time supporters and admiration for the incredible legacy of Clifton and Genie Inge. Their unwavering dedication to improving our community serves as a shining example for us all.”

In recognition of their extraordinary philanthropy, United Way of Southwest Alabama announced the establishment of the Clifton & Genie Inge Circle within the prestigious 1926 Society. This newest honor level, reserved for donors with cumulative contributions ranging from $250,000 to $499,000, pays tribute to the profound impact of the Inges’ generosity and commitment to creating lasting change.

Ashley O’Conner, daughter of Clifton and Genie Inge, expressed heartfelt gratitude to United Way and fellow guests for the special recognition. She shared insights into her parents’ dedication to philanthropy and emphasized the importance of continuing their family legacy of giving back to the community.

Membership in the 1926 Society, named in honor of the year United Way of Southwest Alabama was founded, is reserved for the organization’s most generous benefactors. Once a donor has contributed a cumulative total of $25,000 to United Way of Southwest Alabama, they are recognized with lifetime membership, joining a distinguished group committed to advancing the mission of United Way and improving the lives of individuals and families in need.

As the evening concluded, attendees left inspired by the remarkable legacy of Clifton and Genie Inge, and renewed in their commitment to creating positive change in Southwest Alabama.

Thank you to our event hosts: Guy Helmsing, Allen Ladd, Robert Matthews, and Brent Barkin.

For more information about the United Way Southwest Alabama and membership in the Alexis De Tocqueville Society, contact Justine Bixler at or 251.433.3624.