H-E-B CEO donates $5 million to J.J. Watt's Houston Flood Relief Fund

CEO makes huge personal donation to help with Hurricane Harvey relief

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator
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SAN ANTONIO - H-E-B CEO Charles Butt is making a personal donation of $5 million to J.J. Watt’s Foundation for Houston flood relief.

“Throughout this disaster, I have been humbled by the state’s unprecedented generosity and heroism,” Butt said.

The $5 million check will be presented at NRG stadium Wednesday.

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“I want to commend and support the extraordinary relief efforts of J.J. Watt, who has taken the lead, not as a world-class NFL player or celebrity, but as an individual who saw the need to help his fellow Texans and immediately took action,” Butt continued.

Gov. Gregg Abbot said Texas will need more than $100 billion in relief to help recover from Hurricane Harvey.

J.J. Watt started raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims with a YouCaring account and an initial goal of $200,000, with $100,000 pledged from Watt personally.

The crowdfunding campaign has now surpassed $27 million in donations.

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“I appreciate the incredible generosity Charles Butt and H-E-B has shown,” J.J. Watt said. “It is amazing what can happen when people from all over come together for one common goal.”

Butt has given one of the largest personal contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief to date.

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