Family Dollar Founder, Prominent Philanthropist, Dies At 85

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  • Family Dollar founder Leon Levine died Wednesday at age 85.
  • The North Carolina chain store creator contributed to charitable causes in the Charlotte area with the wealth acquired from Family Dollar’s expansion.
  • “I don’t know what Charlotte would look like without his generosity,” Dean Jones, Senior Vice-President for Fundraising at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, said.
  • Various institutions are named after Levine due to his philanthropy. Locations like Levine Avenue of the Arts, Levine Hall at UNC Charlotte, and Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute bear his name.