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​Friars Club Assists Bogan ’11 with Holiday Heroes Outreach

Providence, R.I.--The Providence College Friars Club partnered with alumna Mary Bogan ’11, a family intervention specialist at Youth Villages (YV), to help sponsor 11 children from Greater Boston as part of YV’s Holiday Heroes initiative.

Youth Villages is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping behaviorally and emotionally troubled children and their families. The organization’s Holiday Heroes is focused on providing these children with gifts that they can request on a wish list through the organization.

The PC partnership originated from an e-mail sent by Bogan to Kathryn C. McCann ’12 (Stewart Manor, N.Y.), a Friars Club member, in October. Bogan asked for ideas about student sponsorship with the Holiday Heroes initiative, and McCann thought it would be a prudent undertaking for the Friars Club--a Christian service organization overseen by Rev. Peter M. Batts, O.P., assistant professor of theology--and its Charities Committee.

“We were aiming to support a dear alumna who gave selflessly of her time and talent at PC, and her current organization, while also making our members aware of the ways we are blessed this holiday season in our ability to give to others,” said McCann, a public and community service studies and political science double major.

With McCann’s leadership, the Friars Club members began to raise funds from individual members and teams, who were paired with one of the 11 children available for sponsorship.

Bogan and other representatives from YV then attended the final Friars Club meeting of the fall semester to accept the gifts for the children.

“With many of the children and young adults we help living below the poverty level, Youth Villages set the goal of brightening the holidays for more than 290 children and families in our programs,” said Bogan, who graduated from PC with a degree in social work.

“We are so grateful that Providence College’s Friars Club decided to help out, sponsoring 11 children who now have holiday memories to last a lifetime. The gifts mean so much to the children and their families, and the fact that the Friars Club of PC, my alma mater, made this happen makes me proud.”

“We were the only college to help support Holiday Heroes this year, and I feel that our collaboration with Youth Villages represented all of the best aspects of both the College and Friars Club--namely, selfless giving as a family of Friars,” added McCann.

--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12

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