Proceeds from the Jimmy Straine Invitational have been put to good use over the years, thanks to your generous support of this event.

New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project

For several years, the Jimmy Straine Invitational made donations to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project.  This organization was dedicated to providing free health programs for rescue workers who selflessly gave so much of their time – and, ultimately for some, their lives – to the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.  Our own JSI musician, Greg Parr, a retired New York City Firefighter, was a participant in the program long before we became involved.  It is with deep satisfaction that we were able to provide support to several rescue workers who turned their lives and health around because of their participation in the program.

Stephy’s Place

In 2016, we added another charity to our roster of recipients – Stephy’s Place, A Support Center for Grief and Loss located in Red Bank, NJ.  Founded by Sheila Martello, who lost her husband on September 11th, and her New Life Support Group friends (including Trish), Stephy’s Place provides a safe space for people who are grieving and suffering from the loss of a loved one.  With free weekly peer support groups and meditation, guests find themselves surrounded by others who “get it”.  Stephy’s Place has offered much healing to many and is completely donation run.  The Jimmy Straine Invitational is honored to make another donation to Stephy’s Place this year thanks to the kindness of our participants.

Please check out their website at

The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation

The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation was established in 2010 in loving memory of Carolyn Sullivan, a beautiful eight-year-old girl who was tragically taken before her time as a result of a brain tumor.  The Foundation was started not only to keep Carolyn’s memory alive, but to bring a measure of comfort and support to others suffering childhood cancers, other diseases and tragedies.  It is the Foundation’s mission to offer financial assistance to these families.  We want to show love, friendship and support to our friends and neighbors who face difficult times.  To date, the Foundation has helped 49 families within Rockland County, Orange County and Bergen County NJ.

You can view their website at

Support for Family

Tragically, over the years, there have been many families close to the Jimmy Straine Invitational family who have lost a parent, just as Finn and Charlie did in 2001. Through the JSI we have been able to provide some financial support/donations to “our” families to help ease the burden of raising children as a widowed parent. Andrew McTiernan, Tom Preston and Mark Brackin.

Jimmy Straine Memorial Scholarship at CBA

In 2016, a four-year scholarship was established at Christian Brothers Academy, the high school that Jimmy’s sons, Finn and Charlie attend, as well as their cousin, Dugan (Mike’s son).  The Jimmy Straine Memorial Scholarship will provide $5,000 to a deserving young man who would like to attend CBA, but is experiencing financial difficulty due to the loss of a parent.  CBA has provided Jimmy’s sons and nephew an excellent academic environment while also strengthening their faith and service to others.  The “Brotherhood” of CBA provides the boys with many strong role models while forming friendships with their peers that will last a lifetime.  This is our expression of gratitude to Christian Brothers Academy for helping to provide guidance and love to the Straine boys and paying it forward.

Jimmy Straine Memorial Scholarship at Watchung Hills