Jack McDonald – GI Tickets Foundation - 5/26/15
This past month, we had our second online public selection process for the NJ Hero Award. I’m so pleased to name Jack McDonald, founder of GI Tickets Foundation, our 35th New Jersey Hero!
Jack was up for the NJ Hero Award along with two other nominees – Tom Cunningham of Operation Jersey Cares and Ray Chimileski of Operation Chillout. These three NJ residents are making a huge impact in the lives of military service members and their families, so it was a real honor to recognize them and the great work they do during Military Appreciation Month. It was a close race, but after 3 weeks of online voting, Jack came out on top with over 9,000 votes!
GI Tickets Foundation is a New Jersey non-profit organization that was established by Jack McDonald as he entered his junior year of high school. Currently, their team is run by Villanova and UPenn students whose mission is to send active duty soldiers and their families to major sporting events/concerts as a ‘thank you’ for their service. GI Tickets works diligently with monetary donors, season ticket holders, professional teams, and Fortune 500 companies to utilize unused tickets and tailor custom outings for soldiers. They are able to provide premium seats and create personal experiences for the veterans and their families.
I was so inspired by Jack’s initiative and commitment at such a young age and really appreciate his willingness to give back to our service members and their families, who sacrifice so much for us as a state and nation. I am honored to name him our 4th NJ Hero of 2015.
For more information on Jack and GI Tickets Foundation, please visit: http://www.giticketsfoundation.org/.