Thursday, August 23, 2001

Couple gives United Way $1M to help new moms, kids

By Emily Biuso
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati's United Way and Community Chest is $1 million richer, thanks to a donation from Harry and Linda Fath of Hyde Park.

        "It's really very simple. We've been blessed and we need to give back,” said Mr. Fath.

        The Faths presented the gift to United Way Wednesday night at a reception at the Bankers Club.

        John Barrett, the chairman of the 2001 United Way campaign, said he is “not surprised, but delighted” by the pledge.

        This is not the first donation the Faths have made to United Way, but it is the largest.

        “They were good donors, but nothing like this,” said Mr. Barrett, president and chief executive officer of the Western-Southern Life Insurance Co.

        The money will fund Every Child Succeeds, a program that provides support to new mothers and their children.

        More than 1,300 families in Hamilton, Brown, Clermont, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have access to the program.

        Every Child Succeeds was founded by Children's Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency with United Way.

        Mr. Barrett said the gift will show others “what a million dollars can do.”

        “Every Child Succeeds starts with medical health for mother and child before the child is born and basically follows the child until age 3. This program is a winner,” he said.

        According to the United Way, 313 individuals have given million-dollar gifts. Others include Bill and Melinda Gates; Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Walter and Leonore Annenberg; and Jane Pauley and Gary Trudeau.


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