Family bonds over a great cause

Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, is president of philanthropy, research, and clinical care for Rogers Behavioral Health. His wife, Jill is a clinical research coordinator at Rogers Research Center. While this work is impressive, one of the couple’s most important responsibilities has been in instilling the value of philanthropy within their role as parents.

As their children have grown into young adults, the concept of giving to others has become a family affair. This year, when it was agreed upon that a donation would be made to Rogers, they took the concept of family giving quite literally—sharing in a day-long Black Friday shopping expedition to purchase child and adult items for the Foundation’s Holiday Gift Drive.

“Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is typically about locating the best deals for yourself or those close to you,” Jill explained. “We decided to turn the tables and venture out as a family with the goal of choosing gift items that may provide a bright spot at an otherwise difficult time for Rogers’ patients.

“There is nothing better than giving to others, yet parents don’t always think about sharing this experience with their kids. Spending the day together moving from store to store and enjoying a family lunch out proved to be a fun, bonding experience for a great cause.”

Jill also reported that they, indeed, found some great Black Friday deals in the process!