The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis.


Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team 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. After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer.

Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started this foundation to be there in Jay’s honor. Since 1996 the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope. We have helped over 4,000 families and given away over $9 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

IN HONOR OF JAY MCGILLIS (1970-1992)

The Jay Fund Team

Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

Keli Coughlin

Keli Coughlin

Lynn Chwatsky

Lynn Chwatsky

Marissa Ierna

Marissa Ierna

Rita Malie

Rita Malie

Cary Ann Moody

Cary Ann Moody

Mary Jane Pulzello

Mary Jane Pulzello

Julie Walther

Julie Walther

Board of Directors

Tom Coughlin – President
Ernie Bono, Sr. – Vice President and Secretary
Dr. Michael Joyce – Medical Director
Lamar Wheeler – Treasurer
Ernie Bono, Jr.
Gary Chartrand
JJ Conners
Brian Coughlin
Judy Coughlin
John Crawford
Tina D’Alessandro
Tom Rackley
Sandy Ramsey
Joanne Robertson
Tom Scerbo
Barry Zeidwig

Advisory Board

Kristin Barbato
Maribel Carson
Tim Coughlin
Carolyn D’Angelo
Mark Herzlich
Dennis Kayser
Mike McGillis
Jon Miller
Sandy Montag
Tom Scerbo
Anthony Sichenzio
Kate Snee
Allison Stangeby

Honorary Board Members

Fran Foley
Ken Tonning


Tom Coughlin’s 2017 Leadership Team

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