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Oct. 2 Veteran Tribute Fundraiser to Honor Former LRCC Board Chair James W. Butler III

Thursday, July 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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He has been called the “chairman of the boards” for his community involvement across Greater Lansing and beyond.

But before James W. Butler III lent his leadership to this community, he was a young man called to serve his country in Vietnam. The qualities that drive him today were already on display through battlefield valor that earned him four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and other commendations.

This dedication to country and community is why Butler was chosen as the honoree this year at the annual Veteran Tribute organized by Volunteers of America Michigan.

The tribute, with exhibitions, a walking buffet and cash bar, will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the MSU Demmer Center, 4830 Jolly Road.

“James embodies what the John E. Demmer Award is all about,” said Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President of the nonprofit agency.

Patterson explained that the award is named for its first recipient, World War II veteran and community benefactor John Demmer, founder of the global business that bears his name.

That first award was issued in 2012 at an event that became an important annual fundraiser for Volunteers of America Michigan veteran services. The nonprofit agency is the largest provider of services to homeless veterans in the state.

“James has long been a good friend of the VOA, whether advocating for veteran services or supporting our efforts to build a medical clinic at our homeless service center,” Patterson said. “His community service is so extensive, it’s hard to summarize in a few sentences. He also happens to be a bona fide war hero.”

 “By purchasing a sponsorship or buying tickets to attend, folks can demonstrate their gratitude to James Butler for all he has done for this community,” Patterson said. “Please join me in saying thanks to James, by helping Volunteers of America keep its promises to our nation’s veterans.”

Tickets to the event are $100. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, starting at $250.

To find out more, visit, or contact Renee Jones at (517) 862-4673 or

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