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​Alumni could buy ornaments for an "Angel Tree" benefiting PC's
Angel Fund.

Through New ‘Angel Tree’ Tradition, Alumni Raise $2,000 for Angel Fund

Two regional alumni clubs competed during their Christmas parties this year to raise money for the Angel Fund, which helps students to remain at Providence College even while their families are experiencing financial hardship.

The “Angel Tree” was the idea of Lizzie Reilly ’09, a member of the Alumni Club of New York, and was introduced at the club’s Christmas party, held at Stout, a New York City restaurant, on December 7. Alumni making a donation to the Angel Fund were given an ornament to hang on the tree.

They contributed $1,060 to the angel fund.

“My take was that alumni of PC prioritize family values and giving back to a community they feel a part of,” said Reilly. “A ‘giving tree’ is something many Catholic churches set up during the Christmas season for those less fortunate in our communities. I was sure many alumni watched their parents be a part of this tradition and would respond well to something after this model, attached to a good cause of the College, the Angel Fund.”

After its successful debut at the New York club party, the Angel Tree was featured at the Christmas party of the Alumni Club of Greater Boston, held December 12 at Umbria Prime in Boston.

Young alumni in the Boston club were challenged to outdo the New York club in giving. Though fewer people attended —150 — those giving donated $500 to the Angel Fund. The participation rate, 11.2 percent, surpassed the New York club participation rate of 10.5 percent.

More important, through the new tradition, the two clubs raised more than $1,500 for the Angel Fund. The Angel Tree will be a feature at more alumni club Christmas parties next year.

Contributions to the Angel Fund are especially important this year. More than 30 students approached the Office of Financial Aid for emergency assistance after Hurricane Sandy, which devastated areas of New York and New Jersey, where many students live.

Since its inception in April 2009, the fund has received donations of more than $2.2 million and has helped 620 students continue their studies.

— Vicki-Ann Downing




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