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 (nearyc@gmail.com). 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:http://www.gofundme.com/wbkgzfw4.

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 (nearyc@gmail.com).

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: http://www.gofundme.com/wbkgzfw4.

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

Updates and a great tournament announcement

Well, the summer has been busy for Kevin. We’ve got an update on what he’s been up to, but first we wanted to give you several exciting updates on our golf tournament to benefit Kevin and see to his needs. In particular, we have one really, really exciting
announcement – especially for fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Golf tournament

Only fifty one days – just 7 weeks and two days – until the third annual Friends of Kevin Neary Golf Outing on September 21st! And, more importantly, just thirty six days (five weeks and a day) until signups are closed on September 5th and we need to give the golf course our head count. If you have signed up already we thank you, and ask that you contact Bill Burland at burlandbill@gmail.com as soon as you have your foursome together so he can make his arrangements for the course. If you haven’t signed up, please do so as soon as possible. We have over eighty golfers signed up and commitments from about twenty eight to thirty two more. With a field of one hundred and twenty spots room and opportunities are going quickly. Register now and don’t get shut out.

Amazing Auction Item Announcement – even if you’re not attending the tournament!

We just got word of another stellar donation that’s going to get a bunch of you excited. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – a great friend to the Nearys – has donated an LA set visit to the tournament! This will be one of the several live auction items at the tournament.

If you’re interested in this or other live auction items and can’t attend the tournament, you can either ask someone who is attending to be your bidding agent, or you can get in touch with Chris Neary (nearyc@gmail.com) to discuss what you’d be willing to bid so you can be part of the action.

Other live auction items include: (1) four club level tickets, pregame field passes and a parking pass to the October 11th Eagles game against the Saints; (2) tickets to the Army Navy game; (3) four clubhouse passes to the 2016 Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional Country Club; and several more.

Silent auction items include: (1) Four weekly passes to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines; (2) brunch at the Mendenhall Inn; (3) tickets to Philadelphia college sports games; (4) a signed mini-Zach Ertz helmet; (5) a Rickie Fowler signed cap; and many more! Of course, there will be a Wawa gift basket to bid on!

If you’re not a golfer, but still want to come, you are welcome to join us for lunch!

And now what you’ve all been waiting for…an update on Kevin!

More importantly, here’s a quick update on Kevin. Kevin has been enjoying the summer with no major health issues clouding the picture. He’s been going to Phillies games (he’s 4 and 3, way better than the Phils), going to lunch and/or dinner with friends, going to a party or three, and having visitors stop by to discuss the Phils, Sixers, and Eagles. Kevin looks forward to the visits and the door is always open. We encourage you to call ahead to make sure we’ll be here as we often have appointments with doctors or with Kevin’s good friend, Handsome Joe, who cuts Kevin’s hair in the city, or going to a Phillies game. Kevin hopes to get to some Sixers games this fall so the schedule will hopefully get fuller with activities. We do have four or five more Phillies games on Sundays including August 2nd as well as the business person’s special this Thursday to see the Dodgers and Jimmy Rollins. Let’s hope they continue to play well. Finally, Kevin is looking forward to attending a wedding in August as his high school friend Rob Treml is getting married on the 22nd.    

Weekends with the Phils and Family

Phillies baseball was good again to the Nearys, as Father’s Day saw Kevin notch another victory in a disappointing season to date.


Kevin, Christopher, Lindsey, Chris L. (nurse), and Joe (dad) were able to spend the weekend together and attend the game on Sunday. The weather, supposed to be stormy based on early week forecasts, turned sunny (It is, after all, Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and pleasantly breezy. It was a great day and the end to a great weekend as Kevin’s brother Chris and his girlfriend Lindsey came up to spend a couple days with him and to celebrate Fathers Day.

The man who put the Father in our Father's Day
The man who put the “Father” in our Father’s Day

Coming up is another trip to the ballpark this Saturday as the Phillies will be taking on the Nationals on Saturday at 3:05, with an even bigger crew of Kevin’s fans. Kevin’s brother Joe (JP), fiancé Olivia, future in laws Stan and Kim Cotton, Joe and girlfriend Kathy Perkins, and nurse Chris L. all will be attending the game and sitting in section 104. If you are at the game, be sure to stop by to say hello to Kevin and to welcome to Philadelphia the newest members of the Neary family, the Cottons. Afterwards it’s back home and firing up the grill to celebrate a Phils win (hopefully) and Joseph and Olivia’s and Stan and Kim’s visit. We are skipping the game on Sunday so Kevin can spend time with his brother and future sister in law.

Now, a word about the upcoming golf tournament. Next Saturday is July 4th which is only two months from the close of ticket sales for the tournament. Bill Burland has been pushing hard to sell out the tournament as early as possible and the results are impressive. As of today he has 65 golfers signed up which leaves only about 55 spots open, with commitments for about 40 more golfers. Please sign up as early as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements and, more importantly, so you don’t get shut out from a great event on a great course.

Have a great Fourth of July!

FOKN Eagles!

We’ve got a really amazing Philadelphia Eagles donation to announce. But first, a quick update on Kevin and the Neary family! Kevin has been getting out more, thanks to the warmer weather. In particular, he’s been at Phillies home games recently. Stop by Sections 104 and 105 on Sundays, and you’re likely to find some Nearys there! Come by and say hi.

Speaking of Philly sports: Got any plans for Sunday, October 11? Consider bidding on this fantastic Philadelphia Eagles package! It will be a live auction item at our September 21 golf event!

The lucky winner of the Eagles package will enjoy four club level seats, pregame field passes and a parking pass to the Sunday, October 11, 1 p.m. game against the New Orleans Saints AND an autographed Malcolm Jenkins jersey. The pregame field passes, alone, provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for a fan!

Just one example of what is shaping up to be an incredible line-up of auction items.  We’ll post a final program just before the event.

Not a golfer, and interested in bidding? This year we’re providing some bidding options so that everyone in the FOKN community has a chance to win.

First, you could come just to the lunch, and have a chance to bid. It’s the best way to read the room and make sure you’re in on the action.

Second, if you know someone who is going, consider asking her or him to serve as your bidding agent!

And if you don’t know someone planning to attend but would like to bid, please contact Chris Neary (nearyc@gmail.com) who can serve as an honest broker for those not in attendance.

And, all of our silent auction items have “buy it now” prices.  Once the program is posted, the first person who agrees to buy an item at the “buy it now” price is the winner!

The live auction items (and those ALREADY include this Eagles package, a fabulous Travel Advantage Network seven night stay, and four clubhouse passes to the 2016 Quicken Golf Tournament at Congressional Country Club) are targeted to those attending the golf tournament.


We still seek golfers, sponsors, live auction items, silent auction items, and golfer gift bag items!  We’re about half full in terms of golfers, so it’s important for you to set up your foursome soon!

Questions about golf tickets, or sponsorships? Check the event website, and with Bill Burland, burlandbill@gmail.com

Questions, contributions about auction items?  Contact Chris Kelly,kellyc51@comcast.net.

Questions about the swag bags?   Contact Marianne Kaplan, at mkaplan@kaplanconsultingnetwork.com

Phillies, PBMOA, oh and some more golf!

Kevin went to his second game of the season last Sunday and watched as the Phillies completed a sweep of the Diamondbacks, complete with Maikel Franco’s first major league homer. His next game, weather permitting, is May 31st against the Rockies and if you are at the game and you have time to stop by we are in the handicap accessible area behind section 105.
On Wednesday of this week, the 20th, Kevin was a guest of  the Philadelphia Building Manager and Operators Association (PBMOA) at their annual golf outing and dinner at the JC Melrose Country Club in Cheltenham. Before Kevin’s injury he was a member of the association and they very graciously continue to invite him to their outing. Kevin enjoyed seeing a few old friends and meeting a few new ones and he had a wonderful time. Our thanks especially to Joan Stahley for arranging the details of the invitation.
Finally, Kevin is very grateful to those who have already signed up for the third annual golf tournament. As of Thursday night forty three golfers have already signed up for the September 21st event, over a third of the field booked and ready to go. Hope to see you there!

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