Fox and Savett to Be Honored at Hillel Vision and Values Event


Robert A. Fox, creator of a leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sherrie Savett, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, will be honored for their service and commitment. 

The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at the School of Arts and Sciences on the University of Pennsylvania campus is testament to the personal philanthropy and deep commitment of its creator and namesake, Robert A. Fox.

The program, which was created in 1999 through an initial gift from Robert and his wife, Penny Grossman Fox, and permanently endowed in 2007, combines coursework, events and service experiences to prepare undergraduates to assume leadership roles in their future endeavors.

On Tuesday, June 10, Fox will be honored for his generosity and commitment to the Greater Philadelphia campus and extended Jewish community at the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia Vision and Values Celebration. The event, which will also pay tribute to Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia President Sherrie Savett, begins at 6 p.m., at Steinhardt Hall on the University of Pennsylvania Campus.

Fox, a 1952 graduate of the College at Penn, serves as the chairman and CEO of R.A.F. Industries Inc., a private investment company that acquires and manages a diversified group of middle market companies located across the United States.

His dedication to the Penn campus is without peer. He is an emeritus trustee at Penn and serves on the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees and the Athletics Board of Overseers. In 1999, he received the Alumni Award of Merit, the highest award presented to Penn Alumni, given in recognition of outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania.

Sherrie Savett is delighted to be recognized by Hillel for her dedicated service to the Jewish community. Savett, the managing shareholder at Berger & Montague, P.C., serves as chair of the Securities Fraud Group and the Whistleblower, Qui Tam & False Claims Act Group.

Savett was named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Law and Politics magazine every year for the last decade, and in several years was also named a “Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.” She has earned multiple distinctions by Lawdragon including being named one of “500 Leading Litigators in America” and one of the “100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation.”

A respected business leader, Savett is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and a member of the Union League of Philadelphia.

Savett is perhaps best known for her devotion to the Jewish community and local philanthropic efforts. She is completing her three-year term as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and currently serves on the National Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America representing the large cities.

Her Federation involvement began in 1978, when she was asked to participate in Federation’s first Zachor Leadership Mission to Israel. “That mission ignited my passion for Israel and Jewish leadership and developed my ability to raise money for the community’s most critical needs,” she said, adding “that mission changed my whole life.”

Thirty years and many missions later, her commitment to the Jewish community remains stronger than ever. She is vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Liberty Museum, and former member of the National Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds and Philadelphia Co-Chair. In 2005, she received The Spirit of Jerusalem Medallion, the State of Israel Bonds’ highest honor.

Elie Peltz, University of Pennsylvania; Ali Frank, West Chester University; Matt Solomon, Drexel University; Amy Rubin, Temple University; and Barry Taller, a graduate student at Temple, will be honored as student exemplars during the June 10 event. The young people were nominated and selected by their peers and directors in recognition of their outstanding leadership qualities and efforts.

“We honor those among us who act to enrich the lives of Jewish students, who in turn act to enrich the Jewish people, Israel and the world,” said Jeffrey Barrack, president of Hillel’s Board of Directors, inviting all interested community members to join in the tribute to Fox, Savett and the student exemplars.

For more information about the Hillel Vision and Values Celebration, call Brooke Schostak, director of Institutional Advancement, at 215-898-8265, or email: [email protected]


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