Loepp Family Foundation Pilot Center unveiled at DLS

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published September 22, 2021

 Daniel Loepp, pictured, and his wife Amy donated $1 million through the Loepp Family Foundation to open the Pilot Center at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren. Loepp, 64, has been the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 2006. He is a 1975 De La Salle graduate.

Daniel Loepp, pictured, and his wife Amy donated $1 million through the Loepp Family Foundation to open the Pilot Center at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren. Loepp, 64, has been the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 2006. He is a 1975 De La Salle graduate.

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WARREN — De La Salle Collegiate High School students in need of extra academic or emotional support will now receive it with the opening of the Loepp Family Foundation Pilot Center.

The new center was unveiled the morning of Sept. 10. Staff, alumni, students and Christian Brothers who once taught Daniel Loepp were present for the center’s dedication ceremony at the all-boys Catholic school. Loepp and his wife Amy also were in attendance.

Special introductions were made by Advancement Director Greg Esler and Principal Br. Ken Kalinowski. The Loepp Family Foundation, established in 2014, donated $1 million for the new Pilot Center. The school received $500,000 up front this year, and the remaining $500,000 will be distributed over the next four years.

“The funds will be used in a variety of ways in the Pilot Center,” DLS President Larry Rancilio said. “We are planning on increasing staff, developing more testing for the students, addressing more physiological issues, and incorporating more technology. The donation has allowed us also to expand the resources to more students. Today De La Salle is thankful and proud to celebrate the Loepp Family Foundation.”

“We’ve been working on this for four or five years. It will focus on kids that might fall through the cracks in a college prep environment. It will help them mature and grow and be successful in high school,” Loepp said. “It will make a difference in the lives of the students, and it will give kids the opportunity to go to De La Salle that maybe wouldn’t.”

Loepp, 64, has been the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan since 2006. He first joined the organization in 2000. Many Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan representatives attended the unveiling.

Loepp is a 1975 De La Salle graduate. He attended the school when it was located in Detroit before it moved to Warren in the early 1980s. While in school, Loepp was a member of the student council, drama club, spirit club, school newspaper and the prom committee. Loepp’s two older brothers also attended De La Salle, and his sister attended Dominican High School in Detroit.

“It was really a great school. You were involved and you knew everybody. They certainly prepared me very well,” Loepp said. “We developed a lot of friendships. The Christian Brothers that taught there had the biggest impact on me. They were very influential in crafting my thought process. They taught me about the responsibilities you have as a Lasallian student. They were totally committed to growth. They had a tremendous impact on thousands of young men.

“My parents sacrificed so we could go to those schools,” Loepp said. “I’ve been very fortunate in my adult life. It makes sense we would give back to a place that meant a lot to me personally. I hope I get some of my colleagues interested in the Pilot Center so maybe we can do other things.”

Loepp believes the school’s new administration will move De La Salle forward.

“Larry Rancilio is just a really sharp person,” Loepp said. “There are so many De La Salle teachers doing a terrific job. They’ve invested a lot in the school. The future is bright.”

Mike Szatkowski, academic support, and school psychologist Andrew Campbell attended the unveiling of the Loepp Family Foundation Pilot Center. They both see a need for the center and look forward to utilizing its resources.

“Several years ago, we realized a lot of students were coming to us that may have had some unidentified needs,” Szatkowski said. “Maybe they were coming to us and not getting extra support, and out of frustration left the school or in some cases were asked to leave. I know one of the things Mr. Loepp is supplying is an assessment program to monitor students’ progress.”

With the Pilot Center, Campbell said assessments will be performed on the students.

“The data we collect will identify students who might need support and enrichment in one area or another,” Campbell said. “It’s also beneficial to the student body as a whole. The Pilot Center is giving us a way to consolidate so all the kids have an opportunity to have a Lasallian education.”

The Loepp Family Foundation supports many other organizations, including the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Kirk Gibson Foundation, Goodfellows Fund of Detroit and the Children’s Trust Fund.

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