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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Mourns the Passing of Legendary Local Philanthropist Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray released the following statement today on the death of philanthropist and real-estate executive Joseph E. Robert, Jr.:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph Robert, a great philanthropist and advocate for children’s health and welfare as the founder of Fight for Children and creator of the legendary ‘Fight Night’ fundraisers.

As a St. John’s College High School graduate, Mr. Robert personified leadership in both his professional achievements in the real-estate business and his community service in raising millions of dollars to help our children and their families.

I proclaimed November 10th as ‘Joe Robert Day’ in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to raise and donate millions of dollars to causes that support children and families, such as the Children’s National Medical Center and the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative.

Although Mr. Robert succumbed to his battle with cancer, he fought valiantly for more than two decades to help our kids have access to quality education and quality health care, and his life’s work and memory will undoubtedly live on in the lives and hearts of many District residents. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, fellow philanthropists, business colleagues and all those who loved him.”