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On November 19, 2016, Red Cross Heartland Hero Nicholas J. Murphy saved the life of his friend and fellow Navy Seaman, Breona Mackoff, by pushing her out of the way of a speeding motor vehicle that took his life in a tragic accident in Pensacola, Florida. By sacrificing his own life to save hers, Nick was killed. In addition, Nick’s unselfish sacrifice also saved numerous other families by six of his organs being donated successfully to five other gravely ill donor recipients. Nick’s legacy of sacrifice, bravery and commitment continues to inspire others today through the work of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation. To see his story, play the video below.

The purpose of the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is to provide financial support, grants and scholarships to individuals, families, and charitable organizations for educational, military, legal and charitable giving. Our Foundation provides educational scholarships and financial support to high school and college student-athletes to advance their college and graduate school education, provides military grants to help members of the Armed Forces and their families with needed help, provides free and reduced rate family law legal services to active duty military persons and veterans through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic and the law firm of Murphy & Dunn, and provides monetary gifts and donations to charitable causes that assist children, all in honor of our son, Nicholas James Murphy, who was killed on November 19, 2016 while serving in the United States Navy. 

We have four major goals at Nick's Foundation:

Educational Scholarships

Military Grants & Scholarships

Pro Bono Clinic for Military Families

Charitable Giving for Children

From the Murphy Family


Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. Our family, friends and community have all been unbelievably supportive in getting the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation financially up and running by donating money and supporting this Foundation so we can start helping people who need it most. In this first 18 months after Nick's death, we have raised over $250,0000.00 in total pledges, had 184 golfers play in the inaugural 2017 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" golf outing on June 12, 2017, gave out twenty-seven military grants and financial awards, gave out five substantial educational college scholarships for students attending college, have undertaken 51 pro bono and reduced rate family law legal cases and completing over $202,000.00 in free legal work for military families through the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic at Murphy & Dunn, P.C., and donated $30,000.00 to Almost Home Kids through the Children's Hospital of Illinois, to the Heller Learning Center for Kids with Cancer, and to the Anthony Rizzo Foundation to help kids with cancer. We have also paid out over $60,000.00 through your generous donations to build the Nicholas J. Murphy Memorial Press Box located at Dunlap High School in honor of Nick Murphy. We are giving it back and "Paying it Forward," and the community is responding. 


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Nick Murphy was a true hero and we are very proud of him. Please help us "Pay It Forward" in honor of his life and his legacy.


With gratitude,

Theresa, Ed, Grant, Alec, Nick and Delaney Murphy

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Foundation News

The Big Event

The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation is proud to announce that the 2017 "Fairways for the Armed Forces" golf outing to honor Nick Murphy and to raise money for the educational, military, legal and charitable donations, grants and scholarships given out by Nick's Foundation was a complete success. This past summer we raised over $50,000.00 in net proceeds. This inaugural golf outing was held on June 12, 2017 at Mt. Hawley Country Club.


The 2018 Fairways for the Armed Forces golf outing will be held on June 11, 2018. It is going to be even bigger and better. We are now full and have closed further registration. Thank you to all who signed up. We will have the pairings and hole assignments posted this week. The morning round starts at 7:45 am with announcements and then an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The afternoon round starts at 12:45 p.m. with announcements and a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Morning registrations and a light breakfast will start at 7:00 a.m.. Afternoon registration and a light lunch will start at Noon. This golf event is one of the premiere golf outings in Central Illinois with 192 golfers signed up to play.

Click the button below for details for the 2018 outing.

Thank you to Pat Clark Productions for the wonderful video of the event. The 2018 outing will be even bigger and better and will be held on June 11, 2018 at Mt. Hawley. Click on the link below to see the video. Wait until the end and watch all of it to see Nick himself playing golf with his Dad. That was the last weekend they spent together in September, 2016.