The Foxboro Never Forgets Memorial of September 11th in Foxboro reminds people to honor and treasure the memory of those who lost their lives by helping others. Hundreds of tributes take place across the country to remember loved ones lost on that dark day in American history, and Foxboro too offers a tribute to honor one of its own.
For the 15th year, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, Cindy McGinty and a committee of devoted friends and citizens will host a community event to honor the memory of her husband Michael G. McGinty, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and nuclear power and utility specialist for Marsh & McLennan working in his New York office on that memorable day. Mike prioritized family above all else, and Cindy honors his memory by creating a day for families to enjoy one another. Community was second to Mike, so 100% of all funds received on Family Fun Day in his honor are awarded to local scholarships to young adults who embody leadership in community spirit as Mike embodied.
McGinty Family Fun Day on the Foxboro Common is THE annual family event that permeates all aspects of the community during which families spend hours and hours enjoying traditional BBQ food, fun, music, games, raffles, bouncy houses, face painting, crafting, and each other with help from local organizations: Foxboro Rotary Club; Foxboro Jaycees; Foxboro Lions; Boy Scouts; Knights of Columbus; Foxboro YMCA; Foxboro Warrior Service Club; Foxboro Regional Charter School; and Bethany Congregational Church. A $5 donation is requested for all the entertainment and activities; food is by donation only; raffle tickets for fabulous gifts are inexpensive; and participants can participate in community service by bringing a pair of warm socks for the Foxboro Discretionary Fund. Mike’s memory is truly celebrated in bringing families together in the heart of the community.
Businesses show their support year after year: while the New England Patriots (and their affiliated charity, Partners in Patriotism) provide both generous grant donations and several raffle prizes, the event would not have had its success without the support of hundreds of local businesses who donate money, gift certificates and products for the raffles, volunteerism at the event, and publicity. Local band Thirty-6 Red performs live music every year.
The organization has provided over $110,000 in scholarship money for Foxboro residents since 2003. Without the amazing volunteerism of community groups such as the Jaycees, the event would not happen. Once again, this year, the Jaycees will be staffing the craft tables and providing coffee for the 80 volunteers who work hard all day to ensure an amazing family event. Jaycees who would like to get involved can help with set up or clean up, helping with games or logistics, staffing the Jaycees Membership Table where children can color a thank you card for a local police officer or fireman, or simply attend to enjoy a wonderful day.