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Friars Club Adopt-A-Scholar Program for Aspiring Entertainers

A graduate of Texas A & M University and longtime New Jersey resident, Harvey Bell holds a master of business administration in finance. Harvey Bell has more than 35 years of professional experience as well as diverse philanthropic interests that include support of the Friars Club.

Established in 1904, the Friars Club upholds a commitment to brotherhood and camaraderie among entertainers. In addition to hosting annual celebrity “roasts,” the members-only organization operates a charitable arm, the Friars Club Foundation, which supports arts and education through its Adopt-A-Scholar program.

Since 2007, Adopt-A-Scholar has awarded four-year scholarships to students aspiring to careers in the performing arts. Adopt-A-Scholar provides $3,000 annually to support the next generation of artists and entertainers, with the goal of building capital to continue the scholarship program for years to come. To date, the Friars Club Foundation has provided financial support to help more than 360 students attend theater programs in liberal arts schools including Fordham University, New York University, Columbia University, and Brooklyn College.

About the Friars Club’s Celebrity Roast

Harvey Bell - Friars Club

Harvey Bell is a longtime New Jersey resident who enjoys the music of Frank Sinatra and follows the New York Knicks in his spare time. In addition to these endeavors, Harvey Bell belongs to the Friars Club. A members-only organization for the entertainment community and those pursuing other career paths, the Friars Club fosters social and professional relationships and hosts various luncheons, honorary dinners, and other activities.

One of its hallmark events is the Celebrity Roast, a public event wherein top entertainment- industry names make unrestrained yet comedic barbs at the guest of honor. A raucous tradition, the event is filled with witty remarks. Since its inception more than a century ago, the event has brought laughter and enjoyment to guests and audiences alike. Furthermore, the Friars Club ensures that it upholds the event’s motto: “We only roast the ones we love.” Guests have included an assortment of celebrity figures beloved by the club, including individuals such as Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Black, and Lucille Ball, among many others.