A salute with a bluegrass soundtrack

Friends, neighbors, and colleagues of Peter Salovey and Marta Moret saluted the couple’s service to the community at the annual United Way Tocqueville Society Awards reception on Nov. 6 at the New Haven Lawn Club.

Salovey and Moret — president of Yale and president of New Haven-based consulting firm Urban Policy Strategies, respectively — received the 2019 Alexis de Tocqueville Herbert H. Pearce Award, the highest prize presented by United Way of Greater New Haven.

Marta Moret (left) and Peter Salovey with Jennifer Heath, president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven.
Marta Moret (left) and Peter Salovey with Jennifer Heath, president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven (Photos courtesy of United Way of Greater New Haven)

Peter and Marta embody the very best qualities of United Way’s Tocqueville Society members,” said Jennifer Heath, fellow Tocqueville Society member and president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven. “They give their time, talent, and treasure to make greater New Haven better, and they also make space in their busy lives to connect with members of our community in person to see the impact of their donations in action.”

ShoreGrass Bluegrass — a current band that includes former members of the Professors of Bluegrass, a group Salovey played with for years — provided the evening’s soundtrack. As part of the fun, Salovey grabbed a bass and joined the musicians for a rendition of “Life’s Railway to Heaven,” a familiar tune from his days with the Professors of Bluegrass.

Left: Salovey and Moret pose with  ShoreGrass Bluegrass; right: Salovey joins the band on bass
Left: Salovey and Moret pose with ShoreGrass Bluegrass; right: Salovey joins the band for a rendition of “Life’s Railway to Heaven.”

Now in its 21st year, the Alexis de Tocqueville Herbert H. Pearce Award honors area individuals who embody the American spirit of giving and volunteerism described by de Tocqueville, a French diplomat who in 1831 wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.”

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