2005 Hogan School Dance



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The annual Hogan School Dance is a social action program that most certainly has a significant positive impact on a too often overlooked sector of the local community.  When this program was started over thirty years ago, the Hogan School was an institution of learning for mentally-challenged adults, affiliated with the local Danvers State Mental Hospital.  Our club would host a dance each year for the Hogan School, providing them with well-needed entertainment and socialization.  A number of years ago, the state hospital closed, and the Hogan School was significantly scaled back.  Year after year, less and less people would come to enjoy themselves at this function.  Therefore, in recent years we have reached out to other establishments in the area, including mostly small-scale group homes.  In the last two years (the timeframe for the torch award application), we have had approximately 225 guests, which includes the clients (politically correct term) and the associated staff.  While only 14 of those guests were actually from the Hogan School this past year, we still use that name for all of our program literature.