Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Centex is contributing $100,000 straight out, through the American Red Cross. From corporate offices, this was characterized as recognition of the employees’ personal contributions — between all divisions the company employs more than 18,000 people, according to the company Web site.

Toll Brothers employs more than 6,000, according to Jon Downs, vice-president of human resources. As Downs confirmed, Toll Brothers will be matching employee contributions dollar-for-dollar.

He said they were hoping to solicit, and match, a significant amount of money from subcontractors and suppliers as well.

“Everybody’s been touched by the magnitude of this tragedy,” Downs said. “There’s been such an outpouring from the employees, and we wanted to match their resolve.”

Toll Brothers will donate through the American Red Cross as well. That Web site is ( — Centex also noted the Salvation Army (, and various volunteer agencies listed on the USA Freedom Corps Web site (