Michael and Nancy Grogan
Giving Back to the Community
Michael Grogan is the president and chief auctioneer of Grogan and Company. Michael is also a familiar face on Antiques Road Show, the PBS program, where he provides expertise on silver, Oriental carpets and paintings. As an established business owner on Charles Street at the foot of Beacon Hill, he has long been familiar with the commercial life of “The Hill.”
After Michael and his wife Nancy relocated from the suburbs, their perspective broadened to wanting to participate in the fabric of city life. “Now that we actually live here, we found ourselves wanting to participate in activities that didn’t necessarily revolve around art and antiques. And, we wanted to start socializing with interesting and knowledgeable people.” Once they learned how much Beacon Hill Village has to offer, it seemed a natural fit.
Why did you join?
Michael: Because of the work I do appraising art and furnishings, I often work with older families. I find it enlightening to listen to their stories and appreciate their wisdom. This is so true of the Village’s members too. Just read some of our board member bios on this website and you’ll be impressed at how accomplished and amazing the members are. When I first heard about The Village, I knew it had that treasure trove of people to get to know and enjoy. We were “all in” from the moment we first became involved. <link to board members>
Nancy: I believe that supporting a cohesive and involved community is critical which is why I was very active in the Dedham community where we had lived for so many years. I believe that when individuals become actively involved, the community as a whole becomes a stronger and better place to live.
How are you participating?
Michael: Early on we offered up our gallery for string quartet performances by Conservatory students. Space is at a premium on The Hill, so this was an immediate and tangible way we could participate and give back. Serving on the board is another obvious way to help out. I purposefully involved myself in marketing activities because we are committed to ensuring the organization’s sustainability.
Nancy: I watched the struggle that my parents went through as they tried so hard to remain independent. We are fully aware that there will come a time for us too when we face that challenge. So the fact that we’re helping to ensure that there will be resources available to stay vibrant and active in our own home is enormously appealing. We want to be sure that at some future time, services will be there for us too.
What do you especially enjoy about The Village?
Michael: I just love going to social events where I often have a chance to catch up with the people I’ve worked with in my business. I look out and see dozens of people happily being together, talking together. It’s a real love-fest. It’s a wonderful thing to be part of the entire community now.