FOKN Golfin’ Again!

We hosted our first Friends of Kevin Neary tournament in 2013, at Wyncote Golf Club, and are planning for an even bigger and better event to benefit Kevin  at Wyncote on Monday September 15, 2014.

Last year’s event sold out—and with our first tickets going to the Fanatic’s Brian Startare, we predict another sell-out event, and another great day of golf.

Details about the day, and ticket sales, are here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fokn-golfin-again-tickets-10587243731

On the site, you can:

- Buy a ticket, or a foursome  (and see who else is coming), or a sponsor package
       -  Six months out and  we already have one bronze sponsor!

- Make a donation

- Sponsor a hole

Our auction items already include:

City Tap House in Philly:
http://www.citytaphouse.com/

Herr’s Snacks:
http://www.herrs.com/

Mile High Restaurant in Glen Mills:
http://www.milehighss.com/

The Philadelphia Eagles!!!

and

Some awesome gift baskets!

We are grateful to all, and we know there is so much more to come!

Note that SALES END September 1.

Questions about golf?  Contact Bill Burland, burlandbill@gmail.com

Want to donate an auction, raffle, or goodie bag item?   Contact Chris Kelly, kellyc51@comcast.net.

Looking forward to a great event!

FOKN March Madness

Update: After you have paid, Dan Dvorak will send you an email to invite you to join the league. Thanks for your patience!

As many of you know Kevin is a huge NCAA basketball fan, so welcome to the first FOKN NCAA March Madness Tourney. With the many NCAA March Madness pools, we want you to add one to raise a few dollars for the FOKN Trust. You can email our pool manager, Dan Dvorak, atFOKN_Dvorak@hotmail.com with any questions. Hopefully, we made it simple enough for signup and play. Below are details.

To participate in the pool you’ll need to register for a CBS Sports account if you do not have one already. Click on the following link or enter into your web browser http://foknncaa2014.mayhem.cbssports.com/

The brackets will open on Sunday night March 16th and Bracket selection will be closed Wednesday at midnight so remember to have your picks done by Wednesday night. For your bracket to be eligible you’ll need to support FOKN with a $25.00 entry donation payable through the below paypal account.

If you use your paypal account or transfer money via your bank account paypal will not charge a fee. You must use “transfer to a friend or family member” or paypal will charge a small fee. The web site is   https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/home

Click on “send” and follow the instructions to transfer funds to email address: FOKN_Dvorak@hotmail.com, or  you can pay with a credit card through the same paypal web site, paypal will take a fee of $ 1.03 from the donation amount.  You can donate for up to 10 brackets, $25 per bracket entered.

1st Place will receive 15% of the total amount and earn bragging rights to the first winner of the FOKN NCAA March Madness Tourney.

Please, please, please pass this on to family and friends to help make this a simple, fun and successful fundraiser for FOKN.

Mexican Vacation…

While we usually like to share updates on Kevin and his progress, this time we are taking a moment to share a little about our Dad.  Dad and his girlfriend Kathy, traded in the snow boots and ice scrapers for a week in warm and Sunny Riviera Maya, Mexico.  For all that Dad does to take care of Kevin and all Kathy does to take care of Dad, this was a well deserved break for both of them.  Here are a few pictures from the trip:

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In other news, Kevin is doing well.  He is hoping for some warmer temperatures to roll around soon so that he can get out a bit more easily.  The new van has helped with winter trips so this spring and summer should be a breeze!  Thanks to everyone who has been in to seen Kevin over the past few weeks.

Thank you all!

How you helped….

It has been a relatively quiet month at Neary home.  And that is great news. We did want to share a special post to again thank everyone for their generosity and show the impact that your support.

As you all know we were fortunate to have had help finding a van to get Kevin all the places he needs to go.  Having that van at the ready, and not having to rely on public transportation for every trip is integral to Kevin’s independence.   We had a few issues with the van and with your help, have been able to replace it with a brand new one. Below are a few photos of Kevin’s new ride.  We are so thankful for this upgrade.  It is a bit more reliable, has a brand new lift, better head room for Kevin, his chair and for his nurse. Some other features include a dvd player and TV for longer trips, head phones to keep out some of the noise, better ambient lighting and a much smoother ride.

Thank you so much for making this happen!

 

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Irish Network of Philadelphia Event – 12/8/13

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Please join the Irish network of Philadelphia for a fun evening to support Kevin! On Sunday, December 8th from 2 – 8 pm the Irish network of Philadelphia and the Tir Na Nog Irish bar and Grill will be hosting a benefit for Kevin. They will have live music, a buffet and the first drink is on the house!

You can register at http://www.irishnetwork-philly.com today.

We hope to see you there!

Two years and some belated thank yous

Two years ago tonight, Kevin’s life and all of our lives were changed forever.  In those short two years, Kevin has made tremendous progress and continues to move forward, thanks in large part to the community’s response around him. We can never thank all of you enough for all you have done to help Kevin and our family.
 
Our dad, Joe Neary, had a few words of belated thanks to share:
 
Today marks two years since Kevin was assaulted and left to die on a Philadelphia street. Due to the quick response of the police, EMTs, Kevin’s life was saved. We owe those men and women a huge thanks for their dedication to their jobs and more importantly their concern and support during those first few days and during the trial. I think all of the EMTs, officers and detectives were at the sentencing hearing and their support was invaluable. The officers were Kenneth Taylor, Stanley Sanford, and Quentin White and the EMTs were Angela Cummings and Kenneth Gorgol. This is a very late thank you but it is a very sincere one.
 
The detectives on the case, first Neal Goldstein, and then Mike Rocks and Bob Kerwin were unbelievable. We worked most closely with Mike and Bob and their resolve to apprehend the assailant was unshakeable. I think Kevin’s spirit had a lot to do with their resolve but their professionalism from start to finish was apparent and their dedication to their job was tremendous. They too have been there from the start to finish and they are a credit to the department they serve. Police Commissioner Ramsey should be proud of the officers and detectives who handled this case as they were professional throughout.
 
The district attorney’s office was on top of this case from the beginning and the two assistant district attorneys who were assigned to the case were a blend of passionate professionalism and empathy for Kevin, both as a case and more importantly as a person. Erin Boyle and Allison Worysz were supportive throughout, constantly providing updates and totally dedicated to seeing this case to thea just outcome. Their support was invaluable and we will always be grateful for their friendship during this difficult process. District Attorney Williams should be very proud of these two fine young prosecutors.
 
A huge thank you should go to the medical professionals at Hahnemann who stabilized Kevin, and at Jefferson where they continued the stabilization process and got him strong enough to transfer to Magee. Magee was a phenomenal experience and the people there, doctors, nurses, aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, support staff, case manager, and respiratory therapists all made it possible for Kevin to come home. We owe all three hospitals so much and know every day what they have provided to make Kevin’s recovery possible
 
Finally we need to thank everyone who has supported Kevin and our family since November 15th, 2011. We could not have done all we have been able to do without all of your support. The ability to keep Kevin at home is due to the generosity of all who have contributed in any way to his care. The items we have been able to purchase to make Kevin’s life safer and healthier are a direct result of the incredible generosity of so many that naming any one person or group would only slight others. Suffice it to say that we are eternally grateful for your support.
 
Thank you for keeping all of us in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Joe Neary

A good month…

It has been a month since our last post and we are happy to report it has been a relatively stable, but busy month.

First a note of thanks to everyone who made it out to the FOKN Golf outing.  From all accounts it was a great time all around.  The work of the organizing committee paid off with a great day of golf and of course support Kevin.  At the end of the day we raised over $13,000 toward Kevin’s long term care.  Special thanks to Chris Kelly, Denise Neary and Bill Burland, and the entire committee for your hard work.

Kevin was also able to travel to Morristown, NJ for Joel and Ashley’s wedding.  The 100 plus mile trip included a hotel stay, two nurses and a lot of driving by our dad, but was well worth it!

Here is a picture of Kevin, Tom and Darian from  Joel and Ashley’s special day.

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Last golf outing update…

Happy Sunday everyone.

Just one last note about tomorrow’s golf outing.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered to plan and help out with the event.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and are thankful for everyone who is participating.

Nice NBC10 shout out to the many volunteers who worked so hard to build the addition to our family home; Kevin and our family are so grateful to all of them.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Shooting-Victims-Father-to-Thank-Community-for-Overwhelming-Support-in-Sons-Recovery–223347331.html

We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday at the golf tournament! (The tournament is sold out, thanks to the efforts of Bill Burland.)

The program is here:FOKN Golfn 9-13-13

Two favors to ask:

• Cash and checks will help speed the checkout process.

• If you are golfing, and haven’t sent Bill Burland (burlandbill@gmail.com) names in your foursome, please get that information to him.

Golf update!

So, the really good news is that the great article in the Delaware County Daily Times last week generated lots of buzz about Kevin’s golf event.

The good and bad news is that we only have eight tickets left to sell.

So two foursomes or eight individual tickets.

Time’s a wasting.

Act now! We’ll be sold out soon.

Still plenty of room for those who want to join us just for lunch and to take part in what’s going be a really fun day!

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