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​College receives record $3.25M gift from The Angell Foundation

The Angell Foundation of Los Angeles, Calif., has awarded Providence College a record gift of $3.25 million in honor of the College’s 100th anniversary in 2017.

Named for Emmy Award-winning producer and writer David Angell ’69 and his wife, Lynn, who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, the foundation has continued David and Lynn’s history of  support to the College.

The $3.25 million gift, however, represents the largest contribution the foundation has made to PC since its original pledge of $2 million in 2004 for the Smith Center for the Arts. The Smith Center’s Angell Blackfriars Theatre is named in recognition of that contribution.

In addition, The Angell Foundation has supported the David and Lynn Angell Scholarship Fund, the Campus Ministry Program, and the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) program, in which students attain their master of education degree and/or certification as a secondary school teacher while working in lower-income Catholic schools in New England.

This year, the foundation also awarded PC a grant of $169,875 to establish a Summer Bridge Program, Friar Foundations. The program will provide incoming freshman students who require additional academic assistance with the resources needed to make a successful transition to college.

Altogether during the past 11 years, the foundation, which funds programs in the areas of spirituality, art, youth, education, and social justice, has donated more than $7.5 million to PC.

“Providence College was of tremendous importance to David. The values, education and friendships that he gained during his time at PC helped mold him into a remarkable human being with a generous spirit and a desire to help others achieve their fullest potential. We are honored to have partnered with Providence to champion issues and programs on campus that we believe would have been meaningful to both he and Lynn,” said Perry Oretzky, the foundation’s president.

College access a priority

Joseph P. Brum ’68, special assistant to the president for development projects, said the $3.25 million gift reflects both The Angell Foundation’s regard for the College and its commitment to honor the wishes of the Angells. He noted the foundation recently became aware of a comprehensive campaign in conjunction with PC’s centennial celebration and that the Angells were passionate about providing access to college for students in need.

Brum expects the bulk of the contribution to be utilized for the latter, specifically the scholarship fund the Angells established in 1993. The fund solely awards grants based on financial need to the most deserving students. Its market value as of December 31, 2013, was nearly $2.5 million.

“This gift truly shows how supportive the foundation is of Providence College and how committed they are in stewarding their funds to assist causes and organizations that were important to David and Lynn,” said Brum.

Mr. Angell and Brum met as undergraduates and maintained a close relationship. Brum and his wife, Carolyn, frequently visited the Angells at their seasonal home on Cape Cod, and Mr. Angell always remained close to the College, said Brum. Mr. Angell was a member of the College’s regional committee for the Providence 2000 fundraising campaign. The Angells frequently hosted receptions for alumni and other members of the College community in their California homes.

An extraordinarily talented and gracious man, Mr. Angell was a television situation comedy script writer and producer based in Hollywood who strove to elevate the quality of television. He won eight Emmy Awards during his career, including one as producer of Frasier and wrote scripts for such hit sitcoms as Wings and Cheers.

“David was totally unassuming. He was the best,” said Brum. “He had a wonderful sense of humor but was quiet and self-effacing at the same time. He had a genuine gift for seeing humor in everyday life.”

— Charles C. Joyce

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