Penn vs. Princeton

Hey everyone!  Just a quick update on Kevin’s latest excursion.  As you might know, the winter weather makes it a bit more difficult for Kevin to get out of the house.  But the Penn vs. Princeton basketball game is reason enough for Kevin to brave the elements.

While it was a tough 71-73 overtime loss, it seems that Kevin, Chris Neary and Chris Kelly seems to have a great time.  Here are a few photos:


We hope everyone is having a safe and happy new year!



A thank you and more events!

We wanted to thank everyone who came out to the event at Zavino! And special thanks to Kevin’s friend Erin, who organized the event and donated her tips! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, this event raised over $1,000 for Kevin. Truly amazing!
We also wanted to make sure you were all aware that the Irish Network of Philadelphia has again dedicated its Christmas gathering to Kevin’s benefit. The event, which is co-hosted by The Brehon Law Society and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, will take place on Thursday, December 3rd in Philadelphia. If you’d like to attend, details are here and you can buy tickets and register here. It’s always a lot of fun.
Thanks again to everyone who continues to chip in!

Save the Date! Next Year’s Golf Tournament – September 12, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the fourth annual golf tournament to benefit Kevin will be held at Wyncote Golf Tournament on Monday, September 12, 2016.


An Eventbrite site will be set up early next year.

Questions about golf? Contact Bill,

One of the high class dilemma of such a successful event is topping it — but we count on all of you. Do you have any connections you’d be willing to pursue for silent or live auction items, or for our FOKN swag bags? We could really use the help!

Contributions? Contact Chris Kelly,

Any other questions? Please shoot an email to

New Event at Zavino University City – Monday, Nov 16th

We’re excited to let you know Kevin’s friend Erin has organized an event at Zavino University City. It’ll be fundraising happy hour to help the FOKN Runners — a group of folks committed to hitting the pavement to raise money for Kevin’s care. Come on out this Monday, November 16thfrom6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Zavino in University City!

There will be happy hour specials, and a gift basket to raffle off with a gift card to Zavino/Philly Runner and some wine. Erin will be donating all of her tips to the FOKN Runners fundraising effort. Also, be sure to look for FOKN runners participating in the Philly marathon/half marathon.

We’ll have more to announce about events later this week!

25,000 Thank You’s!

With thanks to golfers, donors, sponsors, and volunteers we are elated to report that we raised $25,000 at the golf tournament on Monday.

We want to thank everyone on the committee for all of the hard work and effort the past few months pulling this together.

Special thanks to Bill Burland, who recruited the golfers who responded with such extraordinary generosity.

Extra special thanks to Denise Neary and Chris Kelly for making this all happen.

Kevin and all of us are so grateful.

Final program and updates for Monday’s tournament!

We are so excited for this coming Monday’s tournament! We wanted to share the full program so that you can start planning your bids.

If you’re not planning to attend the event, but would like to bid on a live auction item, get in touch with someone you know who will be going or Chris Neary ( We want everyone to be able to get in on these great opportunities provided by our generous sponsors!

Speaking of our sponsors, thanks to everyone who helped contribute. They’re listed in the program – take a look!

Coming to golf?    Don’t forget to check in with registration, starting at 7:30.
Coming just for lunch?    Plan to be arrive by 12:45.

See you Monday.

FOKN GOLF program


Sales for the tournament ended yesterday, and, with a huge hat tip to Kevin’s champion/neighbor Bill Burland, we are set for a great day of golf on the 21st!

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, all of our sponsors, all of our donors, and all of our volunteers!

Look for an updated program on this site just before the event.

BREAKING……season parking tickets for the Flyers, and for the Sixers, are now part of the auction line up!

And an additional (awesome) live auction item looks like it is coming together.

Golf “swag” bags will be assembled next weekend—with thanks to Kevin’s aunt Marianne Kaplan and her fabulous crew of volunteers.

Whether or not you are coming, what could you do now?

We are so grateful for the continued support of the community for Kevin, and for our family.

And a reminder about a charter FOKN supporter—-Mike Possenti, who is donating FOKN golf towels to our event, has already raised nearly $40,000 in his gofundme fundraiser!   (One donor saying any friend of Kevin’s is a friend of hers!)

If you are interested in reading more about Mike’s struggle or wish to make a contribution, please visit:

Happy end of summer!

See you in September? Sneak peek at our auction items and draft program!

As promised, a sneak peek at our golf tournament draft program! To see it, click here: FOKN GOLF program.

Why are we sending it early?

  • Can’t golf?   Join us for lunch!  Reminder:  ticket sales end on September 5!
  • To note two wonderful additions to the live auction items — a hotel stay for the It’s Always Sunny Visit, and an upgraded Travel Advantage Network stay  (and we may have a trick or two still up our sleeves).
  • To let you know all the silent auction items we have in hand.
  • To encourage you to plot your bidding strategy.  If you will not be in attendance but see something you like, get in touch with someone who will be there! Or, if you see a live auction item and know your maximum bid, get in touch with Chris Neary (

Does the program draft include everything?  Of course not!

There’s more.

Those who participate in the raffle might win the 50/50; or might win fine “consolation” prizes like a STARBUCKS gift basket or a DIXON golf prize.

This year, for the first year, golfers will have the option to participate in a $10 DIXON hole in one challenge.  DIXON staff will be at the course to run the event—it sounds fun, with some great prizes!

We are OVERWHELMED by the generosity of so many, and by the hard work of the committee.

Will we see you in September?

Reminder to buy your tickets – and a sneak peek on silent auction items

As we gear up for our event on the 21st, a reminder that sales end on September 5! With over 100 tickets already sold, there is no time to waste.

Last week, we told you about our live auction items for Kevin’s September 21 golf tournament.

Today, we feature some pictures of SILENT auction items our friend Mike Pierce is donating. We thank Mike, and predict some out of this world bidding.

We’ll post a draft program at the end of this month, but thought these great items were worth a special salute.

We have special events, restaurants, jewelry, sports, great golf gifts, and so much more coming in.

Start thinking about your bid strategy now!


A regulation-sized signed football by star Bengals running back Jeremy Hill with a certificate of authenticity.


Authentic Mini helmet signed by current Eagles star tight end Zach Ertz with a certificate of authenticity directly from the NFL Players Association.


An 8×10 framed, signed game day giveaway commemorating NCAA Basketball Championship Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski on the occasion of his 1,000th game at Duke University on February 13, 2010. The card was personally signed by Coach K in black sharpie in the center of the picture of him coaching during a game.

Helping others

Our family’s journey with Kevin has led us to some incredible people, and incredible stories.

We thought you might be interested in this one.

Our friend Mike Possenti is a great supporter of Kevin’s, and fellow Salesianum alum,–he reached out a few days ago to confirm that he is donating golf towels to our September 21 golf tournament.   He didn’t mention the health and financial crises he is facing.

Here’s his story:

Mike was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11.  In November of 2011, Mike broke his foot, marking the beginning of his health problems. Soon after, his kidneys began to fail and he was on dialysis 4 days a week. He lost his right leg in August of 2012 due to the disease.

In October 2013, Mike had a kidney transplant.  But the following July, Mike’s left leg was amputated; he now needs another prosthetic.  Mike is a single dad with two great kids and his health care costs are mounting.


If you are interested in reading more about Mike’s struggle or wish to make a contribution, please visit:

Golf Outing Update:

We also wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the golf outing live auction items.  Take a look at these great packages:

FOKN Live Auction Listing


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