TAP for Pat
Organized by: Alex Dugan
On July 27th, 2015 we tragically lost our dear friend Patrick Dugan. Everyday, Pat taught us how to live a good life by example. The love, comfort, and guidance that emanates from him is infectious; Pat’s personal brand of altruism – empathy, compassion, humility – is easy to see in every path he chose to take. However, his long-term involvement with Nashville’s The Afterschool Program (TAP) could be Pat’s most powerful lesson. TAP brings together Vanderbilt student mentors with impoverished kids and adolescents from North Nashville on a weekly basis. Each student mentor is matched up with a kid for the entire semester and at each meeting they work together on schoolwork, but not without having fun. While TAP is a young organization, you can already see its amazing effect on not only the 85 children enrolled, but the 220 student mentors as well. Pat worked closely with TAP leadership and in the tutoring program, building a self-assessment process to better gauge and improve the children’s emotional and psychological growth. The Afterschool Program has blossomed over its initial several years, and that is directly attributable to Pat’s early and committed involvement, driven by his fundamental concern for helping others. Pat and TAP possess the raw power to bring people together that most likely wouldn’t have crossed paths. We need to harness that power, his legacy of kindness, openness, and love, and use it to continue Pat’s work in making our homes and communities a better place, in improving the lives of others to the best of one’s ability. Patrick made it his job to love others, now we need to learn from the example he has given us and make it our job as well. There is no better way to honor and cherish Pat. Please help us honor Pat and continue his work by donating to TAP Nashville. Any amount goes a long way, for we are hoping to create a scholarship program or outdoor adventure program for them, as he would have wanted.