Southie charity honors Callanan

Pictured (l-r): Julie's Family Learning Program alum and Board Member, Lauretta Brennan, All Souls author Michael Patrick MacDonald, Executive Director of BEST Hospitality Training, Marie Downey, Julie's Executive Director Bob Monahan, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, corporate director and civic volunteer Linda Whitlock, Julie's Board Chair Ellen Segal, and honoree James Callanan, CEO of JCALPRO, which is regarded as the premier events logistics company in Massachusetts. Photo by Moss Lynch.


Julie’s Family Learning Program of South Boston held its annual fundraiser at Boston Symphony Hall on Friday, December 14. Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart was on hand to present Julie’s Annual Angel Award to his colleague, Southie native James Callanan, CEO of JCALPRO Inc. “All Souls” author, Michael Patrick MacDonald, gave a Christmas reading honoring the four decades of work that Julie’s has done with the “least among us,” families like his own from the Southie projects.

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Julie’s Family Learning Program has served South Boston since 1979 when it was founded by Irish American nuns Sister Jean Sullivan and Sister Louise Kearns who moved into the D Street Housing Project in its toughest days of poverty, violence, and a drug trade that took a lot of the neighborhood’s young.

Julie’s Executive Director Bob Monahan said the evening was their most successful ever, reinforcing Julie’s mission of support and resilience for mothers, some of whom got to enjoy Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.