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John E. McGorry Memorial Fund

About John E. McGorry

John was born on November 4, 1957, the third child of Jack and Margaret McGorry. John had four siblings, Margaret Mary, Jim, Maureen and Joe. He received his education at St. Kilians in Farmingdale, Half Hollow Hills East in Dix Hills, S.U.N.Y. in Farmingdale, and Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania and obtained his Masters Degree at Adelphi University. John married Debra Grasso in June 1982 and together they raised two beautiful children, Timothy Patrick and Tara Nicole.

John's athletic abilities were broad as evidenced by his playing football, lacrosse, wrestling, cross country and spring track. He loved running and competed in countless marathons, many to support philanthropic endeavors on Long Island. He organized "The Corporate Challenge" each year for The Long Island Home and was a key member of his parish and community.

John began his career at South Oaks Hospital in 1985 and became the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at the Long Island Home. He was responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of the state-of-the-art C.A.R.E. Course and he instituted over 230 scholarships for the Summer Youth Adventure Program for Children at Risk. He inspired students attending South Oaks Hospital's programs to complete their high school education and established an in-house GED Equivalency program. John enhanced the Fitness & Wellness Program by providing a broad range of activities in a pleasant and secure environment, which was the cornerstone of his philosophy of fitness training to achieve the highest level of wellness.

John was also a collaborator and contributor to the National Initiative "Healthy People 2000" which addressed the need for substantial improvements in wellness for all Americans.

John was an inspirational leader and motivator and he supported The Long Island Home with his time and his energy. In 2009 John was the first Long Island Home employee to receive the Tapestry of Life Award. On October 23, 2009, John succumbed to his long and brave battle with cancer. His devoted wife, Debbie, accepted the award on his behalf as members of his family and friends paid tribute to this amazing man.

John truly made a difference in the lives of all of us.

At the request of the family of John E. McGorry, The Long Island Home has proudly established the John E. McGorry Memorial Fund. Donations to this fund will be allocated to the South Oaks Hospital Challenge Activities Ropes Experience (C.A.R.E.) Course including scholarships for children participating in the Summer Camp Program, as well as fitness and wellness programs.

At The Long Island Home, John promoted health and wellness for patients, families and employees. He is a remarkable example of the mind, body and spirit connection and truly lived the mission of the Long Island Home "We Care For People."

In his memory, the John E. McGorry Fund will honor his dedication and commitment to quality healthcare. The John E. McGorry Fund is a wonderful legacy in memory of this outstanding individual.

Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard or Discover. A receipt will be mailed and emailed to you.

Click here to download our mail-in or fax-in donation form.

Payments can be made by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Please make checks payable to The Long Island Home. A receipt will be mailed to you.

All donations are fully tax-deductible as permitted by law. Acknowledgements will be sent to the family of John E. McGorry unless otherwise specified. If you have any questions, please contact mthompson@south-oaks.org.

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