Boston, MA CEO Jay Calnan of J. Calnan and Associates (JC&A) was honored at the 2022 RFK Community Alliance Gala with the Embracing the Legacy Award on October 26th at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Over the years, RFK Children’s Action Corps., now RFK Community Alliance, has sought to celebrate and acknowledge groundbreaking individuals who exemplify the organization’s mission to promote meaningful and sustained well-being for children, youth, and adults facing educational, developmental, mental health, and other challenges.
Calnan has dedicated the last 26 years of his career to philanthropy, including founding Team IMPACT in 2011, which connects children with serious illnesses or disabilities with college athletic teams. The nonprofit creates two-way relationships between families needing additional social and emotional support and college athletes under enormous pressure to perform. “I am proud to continue RFK’s legacy of creating an impact in the community and accepting this award,” said Calnan. “JC&A has always prided itself on ‘Doing Well By Doing Good’ and I hope to continue this principle throughout our community, workplace, and partnerships.”
Earlier this year, Calnan was also honored with the 2022 Patriot Award at the Seal Legacy Foundation Event at The Encore Boston Harbor. The Patriot Award is given to individuals who support the SEAL Legacy Foundation’s mission of providing support to families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALS, educational assistance for SEALS and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL Community. These honorees exemplify patriotism and continue to serve their communities in their unique ways.
At JC&A, giving back is embedded into the fabric of who they are. Calnan also supports causes such as Boston PAL, The Corey Griffin Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The One Hundred Club, Champions for Children’s Hospital, South Shore Hospital, The Jimmy Fund, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The American Heart Assoc, The Greg Hill Foundation and Father Bill’s to name a few. As a result of his leadership in the community, JC&A has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal for 16 years straight as a Top Charitable Contributor and a Best Place to Work, as well as a Top Workplace for 2022 by The Boston Globe, and the 2022 Construction Management Company of the Year as recognized by the Boston Real Estate Times.