First annual Johnny Mac Foundation Day

Local charity hosts community celebration

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On Saturday, June 4, the Johnny Mac Foundation hosted its first-ever Johnny Mac Day at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

The foundation’s steadfast support of the state-of-the-art library that opened just this past December was integral in pushing the project to its final stages.

The foundation’s headquarters are actually located on the property of the library in a former cottage used by the Ursuline nuns, who previously occupied the building and grounds.

The day was filled with family-fun activities including a youth battle of the bands, food trucks, local vendors, fun and games, and youth art exhibit/sale.

Founder of Johnny Mac, Jennifer McNamara, said, “We felt that in light of the years of COVID and the recent losses of young people within the community, we needed a day where everyone could come together in happiness,” adding, “BBP is one of the strongest communities around, and we wanted to find a way for everyone to be together and have an amazing day. It is incredible the amount of musical and artistic talent [that’s] in this community, and we were excited to be able to highlight that. It is exactly the type of day my husband would have loved, and I am so in awe of our executive vice president Janet Borowski, who spearheaded this event.” 

The foundation has been supportive of the community, especially through the past year, in which multiple tragedies with youth have occurred.

For each family that had suffered a loss, the foundation quickly put together charitable drives and raised tens of thousands of dollars to keep the loved ones of the departed afloat while they grieved a severe loss.

The Johnny Mac Foundation, for its expansive charity work in BBP and throughout Long Island and New York City, is really the culmination of an extraordinary couple’s love story that has transcended the bounds of time, perishment, and earthly separation. 

Widowed in 2009, McNamara painfully closed a beloved chapter in her life when her husband died of cancer from his valiant 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. 

Unbeknownst to McNamara, her husband would leave her and son Jack an immortal wish, whose fulfillment would carry his spirit long after his death. 

Hidden in a bag was a letter from husband to wife, meant to be read after his death, outlining a plan for a community center in their hometown of Blue Point (where McNamara and her son still reside). 

Borne out of this request was the formation of the Johnny Mac Foundation, an association dedicated to continuing John’s altruistic soul and the mantra of “Whatever it takes.”

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