First Phillies Game of the Season

Spring is here and the temps are rising.  That makes it much easier for Kevin to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, watching the Phillies.  Hopefully he can help them turn it around!


Here is Kevin with his nurse Chris on the left and our cousin Michael on the right. Oh and that is dad’s finger, he didn’t want to be left out!



Since our last post, things are humming along on the golf front.   More golfers, more exciting auction items, more sponsors!

We are overwhelmed by your generosity, and humbly ask that you keep helping us promote the event in any way you can.

One of the many good things about spring—it is so much easier for Kevin to be out and about in that beautiful van you gave him.

FOKN Grateful


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.

Already promised:

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.)

For more information on the event, please contact Bill Burland at or at 484.678.8000.

Have auction items to donate?   Please contact Chris Kelly at

Our thanks for your continued support, and we hope you’ve had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Round 3!

The Third Annual Golf tournament to benefit Upper Chichester’s Kevin Neary will raise funds for Kevin’s continued medical needs.  Kevin was paralyzed from a gunshot wound to the neck in 2011.

The tournament will be held Monday, September 21, at Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford, PA; the event begins at 9 a.m.

Kevin Neary will be the guest of honor!

And our thanks to Kevin’s good friend Brian Startare from 97.5 “The Fanatic,” who will once again serve as our  Master of Ceremonies!

It promises to be a day of good sport, fun, and friendship.

Register here for the event as a sponsor, golfer or to donate directly to help Kevin.

Ticket sales end on Friday, September 4.

For more information on the event, please contact Bill Burland at or at 484.678.8000.

Have auction items to donate?   Please contact Chris Kelly at

Sponsorship packages are available.  They include:

One hole sign
Website and program thanks as bronze sponsors

Two foursomes
Reserved table for lunch
Two hole signs
Mulligan package
Website and program thanks as silver sponsors

Three foursomes/first three to start
Reserved lunch seating
Three hole signs
Unlimited mulligans
Website and program thanks as gold sponsors

Have questions about FOKN Golfin’ 2015? Contact Friends of Kevin Neary

More tests and some golf stuff

Good afternoon everyone-

Just a quick updated on Kevin.  It sounds like Kevin is starting to look and feel a bit better.  The doctors and nurses at Riddle are running a few more tests today.  If all goes well Kevin should be home in a day or so.  Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and messages!

In other news, please stay tuned for more information on the 3rd annual Friends of Kevin Neary Golf Outing on September 21st.!

fokn golf 3

Hospital update

Good morning everyone. We just wanted to update you that Kevin is still at Riddle Memorial Hospital. There has not been much change in his condition but the staff is working hard to figure out what is going on. He is still a bit confused and disoriented, which has made for some creative stories. We will let everyone know, via the website, as things change.

It is difficult for Dad to get calls while with Kevin. The best way to get an update is to check the site or to get a hold of me by text, phone or email. (

Thanks everyone!

Quick update

Good evening everyone! We just wanted to post a quick update on Kevin.

Kevin was admitted to Riddle Memorial Hospital’s ICU last evening.  He was experiencing some of the same symptoms that sent him to the hospital right before Thanksgiving.  They are running some tests and we can expect him to be there for a few days.

If you would like to visit please check out the visitors guidelines here:

If you can, please give Dad a call to make sure Kevin is up to having visitors stop in.

We will post an update when we have more information or Kevin is headed home.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read this, follow Kevin’s story, and for keeping all of us in your prayers.

Irish Network Event in Philly! This Tuesday, December 16th

Hi all –

We just wanted to send a quick reminder about this great event on Tuesday that’s being put on by the Irish Network of Philadelphia to benefit Kevin.

Details on the event and how to register are here:

Kevin has been doing well since his recent hospitalization. Thanks so much for your support, and thanks to the Irish Network for putting this event together again.

Update – home

Hi everyone – we hope you had a great Thanksgiving. This is just a short note to let you know that Kevin came home from Jefferson on Saturday. He’s doing better but we ask that you call before dropping by to visit as Kevin needs his rest.

Thanks for all of the well wishes.


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