Celebrating a man for others.

2014 Dan Finn Foundation Gala – October 2, 2014

Every year in the beginning of October, friends and family gather to celebrate a wonderful son, friend, scholar, and athlete, and to honor his legacy. The foundation’s proudest day is when we have the ability to give others who embody Dan’s tenacity towards life, the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

 

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Dan Finn 1980 – 2004

Dan is the second of three children born to Ed Finn, Sr. a Jersey City school teacher and member of referee board #33, and Mary Finn, an administrative assistant in the Campus Ministry office at St. Peter’s Prep, Dan’s alma mater. His older brother, Ed, Jr. is also a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep and Georgetown University and is currently a Senior Vice President of Finance in Boston. Maura graduated from St. Dominic Academy and is currently an editor at the Center for Nursing and Educational Testing (CNET) in Jersey City. She is a graduate of New Jersey City University, transferring after two years at NJIT.

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October 2, 2014

The Metropolitan Room at

The Newark Club

1085 Raymond Blvd

Newark, NJ 07102

Event Program 6PM-10PM

Cocktail Hour
Spectacular Silent Auction
Dinner
Live Auction
Awards presentation

Purchase Tickets

Please contact Ed Finn Sr. for more information. Tickets are $125 per person.

Efinsr@aol.com


Annual dedicated awards

Every year, The Dan Finn Foundation delivers the following awards to deserving recipients who display character above the normal call of duty.

Giving back to the community

Brigadier General James J. Grant- Director, Joint Staff – United States Army


With an illustrious career of service and dedication to the State of New Jersey and the United States of America, Gen. Grant serves as the Director, Joint Staff to The Adjutant General of New Jersey, serving dual roles of providing federal supervision to more than 8,300 members of the NJ Army and Air National Guard as well as monitoring State operations of the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  His responsibilities include: the Joint Staff, Family Support, Fiscal Division, Installations, the NJ National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt, Ethics, the Office of Military Affairs, Public Affairs and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Gen. Grant received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Officer Candidates School in 1982.  Prior to his commission, the General served as an enlisted member in US Marine Corps serving from 1973 until 1975. Since 2008 he has been Chief of the Joint Staff, NJ National Guard at Fort Dix and NJDMVA, in Lawrenceville. He has been an avid supporter of the Dan Finn Classic serving as a member of our Board Of Trustees.

Contributions To Youth

Ed “Faa” Ford – Presented by Harvey Zucker – Jersey Journal


Longtime sports columnist for The Jersey Journal and larger-than-life figure in Hudson County, “The Faa” succumbed to a long illness and was lost to us all in 2011. Ford was the Asst. Director of the Jersey City Department of Recreation after a colorful career as a high school baseball coach, referee and Major League Baseball scout. “He had a heart of gold,” said Billy Blitzer, a scout with the Chicago Cubs. “He was great not only for the game but for the kids of Jersey City. He helped hundreds of kids throughout the years – putting them through school or buying equipment when they couldn’t afford it.” “The Faa” had a passion to build the characters of the youth he interacted with over his career. Ford, with his trademark wad in his cheek, was a fixture at local sporting events. He was a champion of local athletics and used the power of his popular column – Faa’s Corner – to advocate more funding for youth sports. Mr. Ford was known to spend 12 hours a day with “his kids.” In 2012 the Caven Point Athletic Complex was named after him. A true icon in Hudson County he impacted the lives of everyone he knew from those who have risen to prominence, to those who are just good people who had the fortune to be impacted by him.

Excellence In And Through Sports

Bob Hurley – Coach – St. Anthony HS


For over 40 years, Bob Hurley’s teams have dominated high school basketball in New Jersey. His is a sustained excellence that has produced 26 state championships, more than any other HS program in history, and four national titles. He has been named National Coach of the Year four times. In 2011, Coach Hurley became the tenth coach in high school history to win 1,000 games, creating a national powerhouse despite having no true home court. Seven of his teams have gone undefeated. In 2010, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; only the third HS coach to be so honored. Hurley, with an uncompromising passion for basketball, has taken kids from the streets of New Jersey and transformed them into young men who just happen to play winning basketball. More than a coach to his players, he has been a teacher, a father figure, advisor, and friend. As a Coach he demands excellence, commitment, and sacrifice on and off the court. He has dedicated his life to being only the best in all of his endeavors. He is a loyal friend and Trustee of the DFC and we are honored to have him in our corner.

Person of the Year


On August 12, 2004, Dan, a recent graduate of Fordham University, was struck by a hit and run driver while vacationing with his family in Myrtle Beach. He was pronounced dead two days later at the tender age of 23. A two sport athlete in high school having attained All State honors in soccer and All County in basketball, Dan was best known for his affable personality and willingness to help anybody, anywhere, anytime. Even in death he gave of himself through a donation of his organs. Dan’s Aunt Ellen was the recipient of one of Dan’s kidneys. The other kidney and pancreas were transplanted into a man who had suffered through nearly 20 years of dialysis. His heart is in the chest of a man from Charleston, S.C. Even the corneas of his eyes were used to improve the vision of a young boy in Pennsylvania. Dan continues to live on as “A Man For Others.” The Dan Finn Classic is symbolic of what he really stood for, helping others in their time of need.

Distinguished Guests

The Dan Finn Foundation is proud to honor the 2014 distinguished guests.
Bob Cecchini
Retired J C E A Executive
Mary Klinger
Rutgers Prep Athletic Director
Rev. James F. Keenan
Former President St. Peter’s Prep
Eric LeGrand
Rutgers Football