Madison the City will officially “swing into summer” Thursday with its annual event series held each Thursday in May.
Madison the City will officially “swing into summer” Thursday with its annual event series held each Thursday in May.
Madison officials will mark this evening’s summer kick-off event with a public proclamation honoring a Madison teen who passed away three years ago and the non-profit his grandparents have established honoring his legacy.

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler has proclaimed May 2 as “Do a JackAttack Day” in Madison to honor the memory of 13-year-old Jack Dunaway, who died August 13, 2016.

"We will be celebrating the act of kindness which was a dominant trait in Jack's life. Be kind to each other is what Jack taught us in his short life,” Hawkins-Butler said.

Jack’s grandparents Nathan and Brenda Dunaway created the non-profit Do a JackAttack, founded in January of this year, to encourage people to do random acts of kindness for others. 

“After his passing, we heard numerous stories of acts of kindness that Jack had done for others. Whether it be giving his lunch to someone who had none or befriending the new kid at school, these and many other stories encouraged us to start ‘Do a JackAttack,’” Nathan Dunaway said. “Matthew 25:40 says ‘The King will reply, Truly, I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Jack is remembered for his acts of kindness and being a Madison Middle School eighth grader who played football and loved classic rock music and video games.

The Dunaways will attend the city’s first Swing into Summer on May 2 in honor of Jack.

“With over 1,140 likes and followers on our Facebook page, Do a JackAttack, we hope that others will continue to spread the message of kindness,” Dunaway said.

Swing into Summer is 6 to 8 p.m. by the Red Caboose on Main Street each Thursday in May and includes activities for families and all ages. Swing Into Summer will mark the beginning of the summer season in Madison. Mayor Hawkins-Butler will read a proclamation dedicated to Jack Dunaway, his family and his grandparent’s non-profit at the event.