Kippur to be honored at JFSA Men’s Night Out

Gary Kippur

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s annual Men’s Night Out event is getting a new format this year. There will be no keynote speaker for the event on Tuesday, April 9. Instead, it will begin at 6 p.m. in the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden with a whiskey and scotch tasting led by Robert Leopardi,  the Southern Arizona sales director for Quench Fine Wines. Food trucks will be on hand for dinner at 7 p.m.

The MENtor Award presentation will take place, with this year’s award going to Gary Kippur.

Kippur, a third-generation scrap metal dealer who continues to run Tucson Iron and Metal, is a diamond in the rough, says Bobby Present, one of the evening’s co-chairs along with Nathan Rothschild, Isaac Figueroa, Eric Mellan, and Kippur.

“Beneath his tough business persona — and his employees love him — he’s the sweetest guy I know,” says Present, who adds that Kippur “has high expectations of himself as a Jewish leader and he’s really stepped up to the plate many times, in many different arenas.”  He also has high expectations of others, says Present, which makes him an effective mentor.

The cost of the evening is $36, plus a $180 minimum pledge to the Federation’s 2019 Community Campaign ($18 for students). RSVP by April 2 at www.jfsa.org/mensnightout or contact Geri Bertagnolli at geri@jfsa.org or 647-8468.