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!

Better days… and a golf update…

In case you Delaware County Daily Times recently ran an article on Kevin.  Please check it out at

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2013/08/24/news/doc521820654fe3d907484368.txt

Forget back to school…embrace back to golfing!
The Friends of Kevin Neary tournament is just over two weeks away, on September 16, at Wyncote Golf Club. Things are humming.

The Fanatic’s Brian Startare will emcee what promises to be a great day of golf, fun, and friendship. Get your ticket while you can!
All eighteen holes now have sponsors—-there are still additional sponsorship opportunities. http://fokngolfin.eventbrite.com/

New fantastic items for the silent auction and the raffles are arriving every day.
The FOKN swag bags are filling up. (We’ll will add a program PDF, listing all of that good stuff, before the big day.)

And of course, THE attraction of the day—Kevin will be there!
Please plan to join us! Hope to see you there!

Golf not for you? Please consider making a donation, at http://kevinneary.com/kevin-neary-trust/
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Ideas for sponsorships? Please contact burlandbill@gmail.com
Ideas for auction or swag bag items? Please contact Kellyc51@comcast.net

No news is good news…

It has been almost a month since our last post.  We are happy to share that over the past few weeks things have been relatively stable for Kevin.  With the warmer weather it has been much easier to get Kevin to a few Phillies games this season.  Also Kevin was able to attend our cousin Lauren’s wedding.  Here is a photo of all of the cousins on our mom’s side of the family, including the newest addition Michael Walsh.  Welcome to the family!

lauren wedding pic

 

Other updates:

FOKN WEBSITE
It hard to believe that we have been posting on here for 21 months.  In that time   we have had 188,873 hits(just over 11,000 to reach 200,000 hits!) and have 489 following Kevin’s story through our email updates.  Thank you again to each and every one of you who follows Kevin’s progress.

GOLF OUTING
Just a reminder that the golf outing is just about a month away.  We have a great day of golfing and fun in support of Kevin.  If you have not signed up please do so right away!  Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole please be sure to do so before August 19th so that we have time to have signs made.  Anyone interested in doing so can contact Bill Burland at burlandbill@gmail.com.

More information can be found at https://fokngolfin.eventbrite.com/

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Thanks again!  And remember Kevin loves visitors! Please come see his new space!

Event update!

Thank you to everyone for your kind words following the Penn Gazette story. We are so thankful for you to take the time to read the story, share it with others and to express your support for Kevin.

We want to share a quick event update since it is almost here!

The Friends of Kevin Neary tournament is just two months away, on September 16, at Wyncote Golf Club.

A quick review of some of the things in the works.

The Fanatic’s Brian Startare will emcee what promises to be a great day of golf, fun, and friendship.

Reserve your ticket now; they are moving!

http://fokngolfin.eventbrite.com/

Ten sponsors have already nabbed golf holes; only eight left!

So many people working on this event!  Kevin’s supporter and friend extraordinaire, Bill Burland, is a one person promotion machine, encouraging ticket sales and sponsorships.  Kevin’s family…..especially Aunts Marianne and Denise, Uncles Steve and Chris, cousins Jennifer and Jeff and brother Joe are all working on the event, supported by so many of the FOKN crew.

Jessica Ewing  put together the stunning event poster.

Silent auctions in hand, or promised, include:
four (great!) Eagles/Cowboys tickets, October 20
an Eagles football signed by Jeremy Maclin
a Dunkin Donuts gift basket
a Reading Terminal Market gift basket
a Ryder Club 2012 money clip (donated by the PGA)
a Scotland Run Golf Club package
a Simon and Schuster golf book package
Sixers’ Damian Williams autographed photograph
WIP show visits

Start planning your bidding strategy; those are some great items!

Each golfer’s goodie bag will include:   golf balls, tags, towels, tees,
bottles of water, snacks compliments of Herr’s and Tastykake, a Golf Channel promotional tee package, a Dunkin Donuts gift certificate and a $10 Golf Galaxy Coupon!

We are grateful for all of these generous contributions, and reliable reports suggest that more are on the way!

And of course, the biggest attraction of the day—Kevin will be there!

Please plan to join us!   Hope to see you there!

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Any ideas for sponsorships?   Please contact burlandbill@gmail.com

Ideas for auction or swag bag items?   Please contact Kellyc51@comcast.netImage

Special note…

Before we share the most recent update, with Father’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to be sure to thank our dad for everything he’s done for and continues to do. Without him, we don’t know where we’d be. So many have given so much of their time, skill and personal resources to help take care of Kevin. But our Dad has been there through it all. So Dad, thank you for all that you do. We love you and couldn’t do all that we do with out you.
As many of you know, our dad is a kind of a baseball fan — and an even bigger fan of the Phillies. This past weekend he and Kathy were able to make a quick trip up to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. We wanted to thank everyone who came to the house for the weekend to help make the trip possible. Here are a couple pictures from the trip:

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And now an update on Kevin.
Speaking of the Phillies, Kevin went to his first Phillies game this season on June 2nd and stayed until Charlie pulled Cliff Lee with a 7-1 lead. The bullpen made it hairy but the Phils won and Kevin had a great time. We took both of Kevin’s nurses to the game (Chris L. and Chris B.), got a free tee shirt, and the seats worked out great. Looking forward to getting to more games more often.
Kevin also had an appointment at Magee to look at assistive technology and came home with some pretty interesting ideas for things that will help Kevin to communicate more easily. We ordered a phone system which should be installed in late June and which Kevin will be able to utilize through his head array. Once we get it up and running we think it will be of great benefit to Kevin and will give him more ways to communicate with his friends and eventually utilize when he gets back to working.

The addition to the house is almost completely finished and Kevin is getting used to the new accommodations. He has more freedom to move around and more room/privacy to have guests. It has been a real help, and we are tremendously grateful to everyone who helped make it happen. Please feel free to stop in to see Kevin. (It always helps to call first to make sure we’re home.)

FOKN Golfin’ Update

The golf tournament is fast approaching and we urge you to sign up as soon as possible. As of today twenty five percent of the slots are sold and we have commitments for five to ten more foursomes. Don’t get shut out of this fun event! If you know anyone that would like to contribute prizes or giveaways to the event please let Bill Burland (burlandbill@gmail.com) know.

Sign up today: http://fokngolfin.eventbrite.com/#

As always, thank you all!

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