Tom and Mary Ellen Fahey worked hard to raise their five children in Beverly/Morgan Park, and still found a lot of time to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Mary Ellen served on BAPA’s Board of Directors and was an integral part of revamping BAPA’s bylaws.
“We feel BAPA is all about being in a place where you’re putting your money and energy into an organization that benefits the neighborhood,” Mary Ellen said. “BAPA is the centerpiece of the community and it’s responsible for bringing neighbors together.”
Mary Ellen cites the events BAPA puts on as important pieces to further build a sense of camaraderie among Beverly/Morgan Park residents. “The activities that BAPA sponsors are truly community-building,” she said, adding that many neighbors enjoy getting together after the Ridge Run, truly taking the event back home to build relationships with each other.
As an avid volunteer, Mary Ellen looks forward to helping out at the Ridge Run and Home Tour each year and encourages others to get involved as well. “We all have to try to do a little something in the neighborhood, when we can,” she said.