About Us

How We Formed

On September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Saint Mary High School Class of ‘81 chose to establish the John Griffin 9/11 Foundation to honor the memory of their fallen classmate, “Griff”.

The mission of our Foundation is to award tuition assistance to a currently enrolled Saint Mary High School student whose family is unable to meet tuition costs due to extenuating circumstances. Criteria for eligibility is set by the Foundation Committee in conjunction with the SMHS Principal. The amount distributed is contingent upon the success of our benchmark fundraiser, “Griff Rocks On.” We invite you to join us, be a sponsor or make a donation. To date, the foundation has awarded $33,200. With your help, we plan to award a great deal more!

Foundation Committee

Benn O'Hara ‘81, President

June Maarleveld Griffin ‘82, Vice President

Dennis Van Dyk ‘81, Treasurer

Kathy Tormey Serrao ‘82, Secretary

Jim Tormey ‘80

Sue Carr McGuire ‘81

Joe McGuire ‘81

Emil Stefanacci ‘81

Sandi Kroll O’Reilly ‘85

"Truly a night to remember in honor of Griff!"
Sue Carr McGuire, Class of '81


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$1000 V.I.P. Package

Includes: 10 admission tickets, 1 reserved table…PLUS your name on sponsor banner!


Includes: backstage meet ‘n greet with the band and photos…PLUS your name on sponsor poster!

Sponsor by Check

Make check payable to “The John Griffin 9-11 Foundation”and mail to:
Dennis Van Dyk, Treasurer
158 Daniel Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070


For information on receiving tuition assistance, please contact the Saint Mary High School Principal during regular school hours.

As evidenced by the heartwarming testimonials of Griff’s wife, June, and the many family and friends in this video, Griff’s zest for life, contagious sense of humor, gift of friendship and spirit of giving are at the heart of our tuition assistance mission.

"The perfect band to honor one of Jersey's finest."
Dennis Van Dyk, Class of '81

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