BAPA Member Profile: The Riordan Family

Ann Marie and Dan Riordan are new BAPA members who decided that membership was the clear way to support the neighborhood. “We love the Beverly community and we’re so proud to be residents,” Ann Marie said. “We are so impressed with the work Margot [Holland] has done as BAPA director and the direction she’s taken the organization. That motivated us to be BAPA members.”

The Riordans take part in many BAPA-sponsored events in the community, but it’s the Ridge Run that holds a special place in their family tradition. “The Ridge Run is the highlight of our Memorial Day weekend. We run it, along with our four kids, and it’s a great community event that we all really look forward to,” Ann Marie said. Tommy (16), Jack (14), Nora (12) and Nicholas (9) all run the 5K with their parents, typically with energy to spare.

Tommy attends Reavis High School in Burbank, part of District 220 which Dan is the superintendant of. Jack, Nora and Nicholas attend Christ the King School, where Ann Marie is principal. “We obviously love Beverly, and CK is a big part of it,” Ann Marie said.

Ann Marie loves the fact that so many generations of people have brought up their families in Beverly/Morgan Park. While neither Ann Marie nor Dan grew up here, they hope that their kids decide to keep up the neighborhood tradition of moving back to start their own families.

The Riordans credit BAPA for keeping them, and the rest of the community, on track to maintain the neighborhood and community as a whole. “BAPA concentrates on beautification and getting us together for social events, which is so important,” Ann Marie said. “BAPA helps us all keep our focus; we all want the same goal and without BAPA driving it, I don’t know how organized we would be in accomplishing all of the initiatives that BAPA does.”

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