Debbie Hubbell, local philanthropist, advocate and volunteer, has won the 2013 Tocqueville Society Award, the highest honor given by United Way of Central Iowa. Tocqueville Society, United Way’s premier philanthropic society, includes 320 individuals and families who annually contribute $10,000 or more to United Way.

Hubbell is a founding member of the United Way of Central Iowa’s Women’s Leadership Connection, a network of 600 women who have donated millions of dollars to support early childhood education locally. The group also spends time talking with and lobbying legislators and government officials so that more attention is given to early childhood education.

“As a mother and grandmother, she invests her boundless energy and heart into everything she undertakes,” United Way of Central Iowa President Mary Sellers said in a news release. “Thanks to Debbie, many thousands of children have grown, learned and flourished in safe, positive and enriching environments. She’s given children opportunities where they had few and she’s helped families care for their children in ways they otherwise could not.”

In 2007, Hubbell was named a Woman of Influence by the Business Record.  She is a member of the United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Council, its board of directors, and also serves on United Way’s Education Cabinet. She is leading this year’s capital campaign to renovate the Des Moines Community Playhouse and serves on the Chrysalis Foundation Board of Directors.