Founder and President of Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE) and The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., Lois Pope is recognized as one of America's leading philanthropists.
About Lois Pope
A patron of the arts and champion of veterans, the underserved, and the ill, Lois Pope has employed her gifts for social good and made a difference in myriad lives.
Lois Pope serves as a Trustee of the University of Miami and a Board member of its Miller School of Medicine and Dean's Leadership Cabinet. In 1998, Lois Pope established the University's Lois Pope LIFE Center, a world-renowned neurological research facility that serves as home to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Her gift of $10 million also helped fund 20 LIFE Fellows conducting neurological spinal cord research. The advanced facility conducts research in neurological disorders and diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.
In March 2011, Lois Pope attended a Patrick Park's St. Patrick's Day Party in honor of supporters of the Lois Pope Life Foundation, Inc. Other events to honor supporters included a February 2011 reception at Michele and Howard Kessler's Palm Beach home and a Tiffany & Co. dinner party, held in January. In December 2011, the 18th Lady in Red Gala will take place, which will serve as the last fundraiser to raise money for Lois Pope's Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, another organization she founded, which is constructing a memorial to honor the country's more than three million living disabled veterans. Lois Pope plans to officially dedicate the memorial on a 2.4-acre site in Washington, DC on Veterans Day in 2012.
In 2011, Lois Pope received the American Lung Association's Humanitarian of the Year Award for her community service and support. She has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her humanitarian work and is a Daily Point of Light award recipient, an honor initiated by former President George H.W. Bush. In addition, she has been honored by various civic and community organizations, including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the City of Hope, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Florida Atlantic University. In 2006, Colin Powell appointed Lois Pope to The City College of New York's Board of The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. She served along with Tom Brokaw, James Baker, Barbara Walters, and Henry Kissinger.