Everyone calls him Bob or Bobby, because it befits his humble, easy going spirit and warm sense humor, but no matter what you call him, Robert E Loup is one of America’s foremost Jewish philanthropists and national leaders, and Denver is proud to call him a native son. Of course, Denver has grown up lots, and the world around has changed immensely too, but none of us have ever lost appreciation for this man who put the interests of his community first, and rose to become a national leader of extraordinary distinction.
The JCC Annual Dinner, set for Wednesday, November 9, will honor Bob and his legacy by renaming the Hineni Award, the highest community award that we can bestow, the Robert E. Loup Hineni Award. Previous Hineni recipients are Joyce Zeff, Eddie Robinson and Dick Robinson, and Jordon Perlmutter. These awardees indicate the prestige and stature associated with this accolade.
Nobody in our community exemplifies Hineni – Here I Am – more than Bob. Not only did he do all that was asked of him, and more, but he did it in a way that has inspired a whole new generation. Bob epitomizes what it means to put the community’s interests above your own, and to do it with a generous, open heart that motivates everyone around him to also answer Hineni – Here I Am.
The JCC is at the exciting forefront of dynamic change and revitalization. With the capital campaign well underway, and the beginnings of construction already well in evidence, plans are being translated from blueprints into bricks and mortar. This dinner will celebrate not only this historic milestone, but will also ensure that we do not forget the importance of the JCC lies not in the structure itself, but everything that takes place within the facility, from learning to culture to fitness to a gathering place for the community.
So please stay tuned for more information about our fabulous Annual Dinner on Wednesday, November 9. I hope you can join me and our wonderful 2016 dinner co-chairs Robyn Loup and Robin Chotin. Tickets will be on sale at the end of the summer and with a man like Bob Loup involved, you know we will sell the ballroom out.
Chief Development Officer