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.
PLEASE HOLD THE DATE!
An Eventbrite site will be set up early next year.
Questions about golf? Contact Bill, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Any other questions? Please shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 (email@example.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!
See you Monday.
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?
- To allow you to feast your eyes on the great auction items we have, which may help change your mind if you are still on the fence about attending! If you’d like to register, go here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fokn-golfin-2015-tickets-15593108407.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Does the program draft include everything? Of course not!
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?
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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!
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 (email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, contributions about auction items? Contact Chris Kelly,email@example.com.
Questions about the swag bags? Contact Marianne Kaplan, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our family has a lot of it to pass around.
For all of us, in our busy lives, things happen quickly, good intentions are left unfilled.
Since Kevin was shot, our family, and especially Kevin and Dad, have had to deal with some unimaginably tough things.
Throughout, our family is remembered, and we are so grateful.
We had something more horrible than we imagined happen; and we have experienced more kindness than we knew existed.
So, a genuine note of thanks — for the good thoughts, the prayers, the visits, the support, and so much more.
Just a few examples:
- Kevin’s friends over-filling the waiting rooms of hospitals to the point that ticketing systems had to be created
- Major league baseball giving us Citizens Bank Park to hold a birthday party
- Friends leaving Kevin’s trust as a preferred donation upon their death
- Friends working so hard on a series of fundraising events
- The Irish Network of Philadelphia asking if they could help raise funds for Kevin
- Caregivers who have shown, over and over, that they are so much more
- And countless other offers donate or creative ways to help in any way possible
Why this review? Our fundraising efforts help to defray Kevin’s uncovered medical expenses, which can be considerable. As an example, the trust covers over $1800 a month ($60 to $63 a day) in essential home health care services. Being able to sustain those services has been huge for our family, and we couldn’t do it without you.
We’ve got another great event coming up this fall, and we wanted to share some information so people can start to plan ahead.
Family and friends are working on a September 21 golf tournament/fundraiser for Kevin.
We wondered if it would become routine, as we know we have asked a lot from many people. We have been delighted anew by the generosity of friends new and old.
Our planning committee this year is bigger, with even more friends and families helping.
ESPN 97.5 host and Friend of Kevin Neary Brian Startare ASKED if he could emcee the event, and we were over the moon to accept that kind invitation.
Bill Burland, as always, working as hard as a human can work to sell tickets. Marianne Kaplan, queen of the swag bag. Peggy Neary, queen of the raffles.
A big group of volunteers working on auction items.
Six months away, and we already have two tournament sponsors, and one friend donating golf tees for everyone in attendance.
- Golf tournament tickets for Shriners October 19 – 25 Las Vegas tournament, http://www.shrinershospitalsopen.com/en/TournamentInfo.aspx
- His and her jackets, shirts and Caps from Heritage, http://www.rbcheritage.com/
- Memorobilia from the Sony Open: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/sony-open-in-hawaii.html
With gratitude, we ask your help once more.
Six months can fly by — sign up now to buy tickets, and beat the crowd!
(If you come for just lunch, you will have the chance to bid on items, and will be there for the lunchtime program, which will include some great live auction items. But don’t plan to have the meal of a lifetime: burgers, hotdogs and chips on the menu.)
Have auction items to donate? Please contact Chris Kelly at email@example.com.
Our thanks for your continued support, and we hope you’ve had a great St. Patrick’s Day!