The original mission of the Dan Finn Classic was twofold. First and foremost the intention was to get the Finn Family out from under the tremendous financial burden that befell them following the tragic incident that took their son’s life. Secondly, at the request of the family, was the desire to perpetuate the good memory of Dan Finn.
Following the Dan Finn Classic of 2006, it became apparent that the Finn’s, while not completely in the clear, were no longer in crisis state as their bills became manageable. The focus thus concentrated on keeping Dan’s name alive, not just by naming a basketball event after him but helping others, as Dan always did, in charitable, humanitarian, and educational ways.
The DFC 2014 along with our Foundation Gala have afforded us the opportunity to offer tuition assistance grants to an additional 75 elementary and high school graduates bringing the total to date to close to 300 students sharing over $250,000.00 in scholarship and tuition assistance grant monies. Additionally, charitable and humanitarian causes, including the families of two fallen Jersey City police detectives, Marc DiNardo and Melvin Santiago, the Wounded Warriors campaign, the Jersey City Firefighters Distress Fund, the Bill DeFazio Scholarship Fund, St. Michael’s (Union City) Sports Assn., Superstorm Sandy relief through Shore 2 Recover, Boston Strong through the Charlestown Boys Club, and many other worthwhile projects.
It is anticipated that close to $70,000.00 will be spent in 2015 funding similar projects.
The scores of volunteers who help bring the DFC to fruition each year take pride in knowing that their efforts will continue our goal of helping those less fortunate than ourselves.