United Way of Greater Cincinnati has a million reasons to thank Corporex President and CEO Bill Butler and his wife, Sue.
They recently became Northern Kentucky's first couple to make a $1 million donation. That gift will be paid over five years.
"We are delighted with the Butlers' gift," United Way President Robert C. Reifsnyder said. "The generosity of their gift is another example of their continued commitment to the community."
Butler founded Corporex Companies Inc. in 1965 and built it into a 1,400-employee real estate development organization with offices in Cincinnati, Denver, Boston and Orlando, Fla.
"Sue and I have been blessed with success in a number of areas, and we believe strongly in the obligation as well as the rewards that are inherent in giving back to the community," Butler said.
Said James Schwab, Cincinnati market president of U.S. Bank, who is co-chairing the fund drive with his wife, Vivian: "This pledge, as part of the five-year benefit, means a $200,000 immediate boost to our efforts to close the campaign gap."
The campaign gap was about $700,000 in mid-October but was cut to about $200,000 by Wednesday, largely because of the Butlers' gift, United Way spokeswoman Carol Aquino said.
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