Jack McNamara, Jenni Grape & Jennifer McNamara President of the Johnny Mac Foundation
Photo by Ed Shin
Johnny Mac Foundation Holds Its 14th Annual Wish Gala
More than 100 guests attended The Johnny Mac 14th Annual Wish Gala at the Mansion at Oyster Bay on Feb. 11. The event honored the Williams Warriors and Jenni Grape, who received the Jamie Atkinson Award.
The funds raised go towards various community charities, sponsorships, and aid for people in distress, whether with a health condition or a fire that decimated their home. Funds are also used to assist 9/11 first responders who are in varying stages of illnesses related to the time they spent at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11. The Johnny Mac Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed by John’s wife, Jennifer, after his death in August 2009 from a 9/11 related cancer. John was an FDNY firefighter and caring for others was what he did.
In a list of final wishes, John asked to have a community center built in Blue Point, NY. In accord with John’s motto “whatever it takes,” the foundation now works tirelessly to fulfill that wish.