Jay Lynch joined the Garden City Kiwanis Club in the early 1990s, and soon after, he spearheaded the club’s support for the Island Harvest mission. For almost 25 years, under Jay’s leadership, the club members have made weekly pick-ups of donated bagels from the Bagelman in Garden City, delivering them to the Mary Brennan Inn, the soup kitchen in Hempstead. “Our club has some of the nicest people in the community, people who willingly offer assistance to neighbors in need,” said Jay. “They’re all active professionals and local business men and women, who make time to support this worthy cause.”
Jay has also supported the annual Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon, the leading fundraising event for the Kiwanis, for the past 25 years.
Jay is managing partner at Lynch & Lynch in Garden City, and has 38 years of legal experience, in the area of civil litigation. He is a well-respected and involved member of the community and is active in the Chaminade Golf and Tennis Open Committee, Saint Anne’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus at St. Anne’s, and the Chaminade High School Alumni Board, where he currently serves as vice president. He has held leadership positions on the St. Anne’s School Board, Western Property Owner’s Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild, and the Garden City Community Fund. He is a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and has been a basketball and soccer coach for his three children, Jim, Mike and Teresa.
Jay and his wife, Jan, have been active members of St. Anne’s Parish since they moved into Garden City in 1982, serving on a variety of committees and ministries. Over the last 15 years, Jay said he has had more than his share of fun running the Respite Basketball Program, coaching children with special needs in competitive basketball games. He also is proud that he is one of the founding members of St. Anne’s Spirit Day Committee. “Spirit Day is a great day for our church and a great day for our community,” said Jay. Both Jan and he also have served as a Eucharistic Ministers for many years.