The owners of The Pizzeria — with locations at Smith Haven Mall, Bayport, Islip and soon Bay Shore — are working on a project to help honor a local hero from Blue Point.
They’re teaming with Bunger Sayville and popular Long Island artist, Chris Tomlin, from Marooned Lines, in selling custom skateboards and original artwork to raise money for the Johnny Mac Foundation.
The fundraiser is called Skateboards for a Great Cause.
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Johnny McNamara, of Blue Point, was a firefighter who helped save lives following the attacks of 9/11. In August 2009, he died of 9/11 related cancer. The nonprofit was later founded by his wife, Jennifer, with the goal of supporting the 9/11 first responder community along with educational and athletic programs for the youth.
“The foundation is very excited to partner with The Pizzeria, Bunger and Marooned Lines for this amazing, one-of-a-kind fundraiser,” said Jennifer. “We are grateful to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this incredible event.”
Here’s how it works.
On Sept. 13 at noon, the limited-edition skateboards and custom painting, all designed by Tomlin, go live on my.cheddarup.com/c/skateboards-for-a-great-cause.
There will be 100 skateboards (decks only) for sale at $100 each. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The original art piece, part of Tomlin’s Waves Series, will also go to auction.
“We already have a $1,000 bid for the artwork,” said Cliff Weinstein, co-owner at The Pizzeria. “Chris’ work sells for between $1,500 and $6,000 per piece in galleries on Long Island and New York City.”