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:

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 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 ( 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 ( 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,

Questions, contributions about auction items?  Contact Chris Kelly,

Questions about the swag bags?   Contact Marianne Kaplan, at

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!

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


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