Whatever It Takes!


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 of 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. In addition, the Foundation supports other 9/11 first responder organizations. John's last wishes were written down and electronically scanned. View John's Final Wishes.


Wish Gala

You are invited to the Johnny Mac Foundation 14th Wish Gala on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Cocktail party, bar, dancing, raffles, and more! Our 2018 honorees are the New York City Fire Department Hockey Team and the Brotherhood for the Fallen Suffolk County. The Gala will be held at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, NY.

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Hockey Game

Charity Hockey Game

May 12, 2018. More information coming soon!

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Golf Outing

July 12, 2018 at Dyker Golf Course. More information coming soon!

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Recent Events

  • Hurricane Relief

    The Johnny Mac Foundation is proud to have assisted Houston Firefighters to rebuild by providing $5,000 in gift cards to Lowe's and Home Depot.

  • Mitten Tree

    The Johnny Mac Foundation filled the Mitten Tree at the Bayport-Blue Point Library thanks to generous donations and Jack's Aunt who knitted all the hats!

  • NY Firefighter Memorial

    John McNamara's name was memorialized at the New York State Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Albany, New York in October 2017.

  • Tunnels to Towers

    The foundation participates every year in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in memory of John and all the firefighters we lost on 9/11 and afterwards.

  • Time Capsule

    In September of 2017, the time capsule at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park was renamed to honor John. Jack was present for the ceremony.

  • Firefighters Memorial

    In October 2017, Jack was present as John's name was memorialized at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


Our Team

The Johnny Mac Foundation Board is comprised of a president, vice president, treasurer, and board members. We welcome our newest "Junior" Board Member, Jack G. McNamara! View Board

Jennifer K. McNamara

Jen Mac

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.

Alyssa Zuckerman

Alyssa Zuckerman
Vice President

Alyssa Zuckerman is an Associate at the law firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, located in Melville, N.Y., whose practice focuses on representing employers in both the public and private sectors in education, labor and employment law matters.

Denise DeSimone

Deidre DeSimone

Deidre has been a career civil servant for more than 33 years and during this time has worked in three of Suffolk County’s largest departments; Social Services, Health Services and Civil Service.

Contact Us

Send us an email to contact the Johnny Mac Foundation with any questions. You may also contact us at P.O. Box 72, Blue Point, New York, 11715