The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation hosted its 13th annual Champions for Children Gala on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. For over 13 years, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund has provided financial, emotional, and practical support to families tackling childhood cancer in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area.
Legendary NBC 4 New York sports broadcaster Bruce Beck served as Master of Ceremonies, joined by “the voice” of the NY Giants, Bob Papa, and toasted the foundation’s 2017 honorees – Boston College alumnus and Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Equity for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Steven Barry, along with the team members of the 2007 NY GIANTS Super Bowl Championship Team, accepted by Michael Strahan, all of whom are passionate advocates for childhood cancer patients and their families.
“On behalf of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship Team, it was an honor to accept this award from Coach Coughlin’s incredible foundation,” said Michael Strahan. “Coming together as a team to win the Super Bowl was an unbelievable experience; coming together as a team last night, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to support the many local families facing the unthinkable, is what teamwork is all about.”
At this year’s event, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund held both a live and silent auction featuring luxurious vacations, sports memorabilia, sporting events tickets, and several once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opportunities. Special guests included sports celebrities; New York Giants players, coaches and alumni; Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation college scholarship recipients; and pediatric oncology patients with their families.
“I am so honored to be a part of the legacy that started at my alma mater, Boston College,” said Steven Barry, Chief Investment Officer of Growth Equity at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation honoree. “Jay’s spirit continues because of the work of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, and it is an incredible feeling to share in the support they are providing families just like Jay’s who are going through the unimaginable.”
“It is an honor to continue Jay’s legacy and help families in the NY/NJ area who are tackling childhood cancer,” said Tom Coughlin, founder of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars. “It was great to be reunited with the 2007 Super Bowl Championship team, and to honor them, along with Steve Barry, for their continued support for our work. With their help, we raised over $1.2 million to continue to help these families facing such tough times. Thank you to our honorees and our guests for BEing THERE and being part of our team.”
Past honorees of the Tom Coughlin Champions for Children Gala include: Charles W. Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of NY Mellon, Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG, LLC, John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Football Giants, Jerald F. Irving, President and CEO ICAP Securities LLC, Al Kelly, CEO of Visa Inc, the NFL, Steve Tisch, Laurie Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch.
For more details and photos from the evening’s event, as well as instructions on how to make a donation, please visit http://www.tcjayfund.org and follow the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund on all social media outlets by searching @tcjayfund.
About the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay developed leukemia while playing for Coach Coughlin at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first-hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family. Coach Coughlin vowed, if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children tackling cancer.
OUR MISSION is to help families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support. From diagnosis to recovery and beyond, we are part of the team, allowing parents to solely focus on their child’s well-being. Our goal is to BE THERE for parents facing the unthinkable so they can be there for their families.