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Bill Corbus honored as philanthropist of the year

Posted: November 25, 2012 - 12:06am

Long-time resident and local businessman, William A. “Bill” Corbus, was voted Philanthropist of the Year by the Juneau Community Foundation.

Corbus was presented the award by Board President, Eric Kueffner, at the annual Philanthropy Awards dinner.

“Bill is the kind of person that every non-profit wants on their Board, because he is hard working, reliable and creative.” Kueffner said.

Corbus previously served on the Juneau Community Foundation Board of Directors and was instrumental in establishing their Sustainability Fund to ensure the long-term operation of the Foundation. In recognition of his leadership and generous contribution to start up the Sustainability Fund, friends and colleagues honored him by donating $10,000 to the fund just prior to the awards event. An anonymous donor contributed an additional $10,000. Guests at the event were then challenged to match that $20,000 by the end of the year.

“His response has been immeasurable in terms of both monetary contributions to the Juneau Community Foundation and other community causes, his leadership and community influence,” said board member, Bob Rehfeld, “When Bill Corbus takes on a cause, we know it is worthy and, consequently, our pocketbooks will be a little lighter.”

Known for his quiet demeanor and sound advice, Corbus’ support of the Juneau community includes financial contributions to non-profits and others in need, fundraising for the Eaglecrest Foundation, serving on the Hospice and Home Care and Bartlett Hospital boards and, since 1974, continuing as a key figure in the fight to keep Juneau as Alaska’s Capital.

Corbus served as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue and as a Trustee for the Alaska Permanent Fund and the Alaska State Pension Investment Board. He was lauded for his service on the statewide Rasmuson Foundation board by its President Diane Kaplan, who called Corbus “a thoughtful, level-headed, pragmatic leader and an inspiration to others who have ‘done well’ and want to ‘do good’ for their community.”

Corbus moved to Juneau in 1970 to work for his family’s company, AEL&P, and fell in love with the community and the surrounding outdoors. He currently serves as President and Director of Alaska Energy and Resources Company and Chairman and Director of AEL&P. He is an avid skier, hunter and fisherman, and enjoys traveling with his wife Katie.

For more information about the Juneau Community Foundation, please visit www.juneaucf.org or call 523-5450.

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