Manage episode 262338731 series 2314819
Jennifer McNamara is the widow of John McNamara who, with her 11 year old son Jack, lives in Suffolk County, New York. When John died, Jennifer began to fulfill her deathbed promise to him to continue his mission. To that end, Jennifer has been a voice on behalf of 9/11 responders, appearing at various public events and doing numerous interviews to raise awareness about sick and dying men and women. She also created and is the driving force behind the FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara Foundation. Jennifer currently works as a labor director for local government and is also government attorney who has a long career focusing on federal employment litigation defense; serves as a family advocate for the Firefighter Cancer Foundation; a Widow Trustee of the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park Committee; and previously served as Secretary and Legal Counsel of the FDNY Foundation, an FDNY captive non-profit, which raises funds for fire safety education and runs the Fire Zone in Rockefeller Center. Jennifer is the Chair of the Annual 14th Wish Gala to raise funds devoted to the building of the Community Center. Held each year in March, the Gala, a formal event, includes higcalarh end silent auction items, dinner, dancing and, as always, a few surprises. She serves on as an advisory board member to a support group created to assist family members, survivors and Responders of the 2017 Las Vegas concert shooting. The Foundation's mission is to honor the essence of who John was and carry on his inspiring work - not only to see the Community Center project grow to fruition, but to continue the selfless spirit of Johnny Mac by supporting other organizations dear to his heart- groups dedicated to the support of Firefighters and First Responders. After John died, hidden in his hospital bag, Jennifer found a list of things John wanted her to do if he did not survive. One of those things was to have a community center built in Blue Point, New York where John, Jenn and Jack lived. Jennifer formed the FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara Foundation, also known as The Johnny Mac Foundation, to fulfill that wish. The Foundation is now tirelessly working to build the community center that John envisioned which will stand as a cornerstone of the community, family, and camaraderie just as John had.