Michael served for 12 years as a Livengrin Board Member, most recently as Treasurer, then Chairperson of the Board. During his Board tenure, he helped guide Livengrin Foundation through a difficult financial period into one of stability, profitability, and growth. He was instrumental in the development of Livengrin’s plans to build three new residential buildings to house the Foundation’s 83 rehab patients, as well as the current project of constructing an all-new, 16,000 square foot medical center to house 36 detox and special needs patients.
Also during his time on the Livengrin Board, Michael was our largest donor, and along with his family, was responsible for launching our current Capital Campaign with a leadership gift. His annual gifts to Livengrin helped support and sustain numerous patient-centered initiatives.
Michael’s generosity and commitment to his community went beyond his involvement with Livengrin and the addictions field. He and his wife, Kate, established the MAC Chapman Foundation (named for their three children) which benefits sick and underprivileged children. Michael was also on numerous other nonprofit, civic, and trade associate boards. In both his professional and personal life, Michael was known for his compassionate nature and his strong desire to make a positive impact within the community. He performed large and small acts of kindness and generosity to many different people and organizations…most of which were not done in the public eye. It wasn’t important to Michael that people knew he was being charitable, only that the charity received the support it needed.
Michael, along with his brother Randy, took over leadership of the Chapman Auto Group after the passing of their dad, Roy Chapman in 2006. Michael was past President of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia; was a board member of The Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia; was appointed by former Mayor Nutter to the newly-formed Water Rate Board for the city of Philadelphia; and was active in several trade organizations. At the Philadelphia Auto Show in January of 2016, he purchased Pope Francis’ “Pope Mobile” at auction to benefit Catholic Charities of Philadelphia. He and his wife Kate established the MAC Chapman Family Foundation, named after their three children, Michael, Avery and Charli, which benefits sick and underprivileged children throughout the Delaware Valley.
Michael passed away on December 2, 2016, after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Just a month prior to his untimely death at age 53, Livengrin honored Michael with the Standish Forde Hansell Leadership Award at our 50th Anniversary Gala, for his long-time service to Livengrin, our patients, and the recovery community.