Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hubbard House Gets Big Boost: $2.5 Million; CSX Chief, Wife Donate to Shelter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hubbard House Gets Big Boost: $2.5 Million; CSX Chief, Wife Donate to Shelter

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Byline: CHARLIE PATTON

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Ward, chief executive officer of CSX Corp., and his wife, Terry, a member of the Hubbard House board of directors, invited a couple of the nonprofit organization's executives to lunch at the River Club.

After everybody ordered, the Wards delivered some good news to Ellen Siler, Hubbard House's chief executive officer, and Carol Ginzig, its chief financial officer.

The Wards had decided to donate $2.5 million to Duval County's domestic violence shelter.

It's a staggering sum for an agency that operates on a $3.5 million annual budget, more than 90 percent of that coming from government sources, Siler said.

"I'm sure everyone in the River Club was wondering why the people at our table were all crying," Siler said.

The donation -- the largest ever received by the shelter -- came from the Wards' personal funds, Siler said.

In a statement, the couple said that rather than making a lot of smaller donations to worthy causes, they wanted to "make a meaningful donation" to one organization "to allow them to make a major step forward. …

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