Honoring a Family Tradition
"We believe it's important to be generous and to help others. This charitable fund is a great way to express that value for generations to come."
Jack and Marilyn Monohan
When you hear the name "Monohan" in St. Matthews, the image of a firefighter immediately springs to mind. A Monohan has served in the St. Matthews Fire Protection District since 1931, and John "Jack" Monohan III is proud of his family's legacy of service to the community.
"We've had six Monohans who have served in the fire department. Each started as a firefighter, and each has served in a number of ways, including three as chief," explains Jack. "Service through the fire department is just in our family's blood."
The Monohan legacy runs deep in Louisville. From the family farm in the heart of St. Matthews, to Jack's professional career at Louisville Ladder, to their active membership at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, to his grandfather's founding of First National Bank (now part of PNC), the Monohans are engaged members of our community. Jack's devotion to the fire department is only overshadowed by his devotion to his wife of more than 48 years, Marilyn. "We both went to Eastern High School, but we didn't meet until much later," says Marilyn. "In fact, we met at a fire department picnic. Our marriage is a wonderful partnership because we both love family, love our community, and love service to others."
By creating the Jack and Marilyn Monohan Fund in the Community Foundation, they are able to support their favorite charitable causes today and long into the future. "We believe it's important to be generous and to help others, "adds Marilyn. "This is a great way to express that value for generations to come."
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