Auction ends Friday at 2 p.m.!

This is just a friendly reminder that our first online auction ends this Friday at 2 p.m.

We’ve got some great items still available that are steals. And the funds go to a great cause – they will go a long way toward getting Kevin the care he needs to lead a productive, positive, and healthy life.

Been thinking about making a bid? Now’s the time to get in on the action.

Please share with friends and family! The link to the auction can be found below.

https://www.32auctions.com/FOKN

 

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First Online Auction Starts Today! Plus, Details for Golfer Refunds

We are disappointed that mother nature did not cooperate and we were forced to cancel the golf tournament this year. It’s an opportunity for people to catch up with Kevin and see friends in a relaxing setting. The weather was abysmal that Sunday (our venue, Wyncote Golf Club, was closed) and really didn’t improve all that much overnight. The event will not be rescheduled at this time, as Wyncote does not have many available days at this point.

However, we’re making the most of it by providing a new opportunity — our first online auction. As many of you know, the golf tournament is a major fundraiser for Kevin’s needs. Since we have a few really great auction items, we will be running an online auction that starts at 2:00 p.m. today, September 19th. Current auction items include our amazing club-level tickets to the Eagles-Panthers game, tickets to the Army-Navy game, and a golf outing at the world-renowned Plainview Country Club. Other items may be added as time permits. The auction will end on October 12th.

Start your bidding now! We are so grateful to our auction item donors for their generosity, and this is a great way for folks to give.

Important information on golf refunds. For those of you who were signed up for the tournament, to address the issue of refunds we have come up with several options to choose from:

  • Refund all funds. (All refunds will be issued by check. If we haven’t cashed your check yet, we will return the check.)
  • A gift card to Wyncote for $100.00. (A weekday round is $63.00, and the balance can be used at your discretion for lunch and drinks. Weekend rounds are $83.00) This option donates the difference to the Kevin Neary Trust. (The golf event usually generates about $40.00 per golfer as a contribution to the Trust as a point of reference).
  • Contribute funds to the Trust. We are including this as several people have already indicated their intent to do so. Please be advised that gifts to the Kevin Neary Trust are not deductible for tax purposes.

Please let Joe Neary know which option you would like to exercise at your earliest convenience.

Details for the Friends of Kevin Neary – Sixth Annual Golf Tournament

Friends of Kevin Neary – Sixth Annual Golf Tournament

September 10, 2018

Thanks to everyone who is attending this years’ golf tournament. Kevin and the Neary family appreciate everyone’s continued support and hope that this years’ event is a good one for all the golfers.

As usual, golf registration is from 7:00AM to 8:30 AM.

Continental breakfast will be served, and the Dunkin Donuts Cruise Van will be in the parking lot.

Kickoff time for the golfers is 8:30 and, as there are fewer golfers, the day should progress more quickly than in past years.

Dixon Golf will be at the second tee with their closest to the hole event.

The usual prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place finishers as well as the longest drive and closest to the pin.

The day will conclude with lunch at the clubhouse at approximately 1:00 to 1:30 PM.

This year’s event features fewer silent and live bidding items; what we miss in quantity, we make up in quality!

We plan on having a beef and beer in April where many of the items available in the past will be offered. We hope to see you in April.

The following items will be available this year.

Silent Auction Items-

Dunkin Donuts Basket- $50.00 DD gift card, two pounds of coffee, two boxes of K-cups, DD swag(sunglasses, koozie, etc.), and cobranded gear (Eagles tee shirt and Sixers beach towel)

Wawa Baskets(3)- Three bags of coffee, two 16 ounce travel cups, and a small cooler.

Two Villanova-Georgetown Basketball Tickets and assorted Villanova items, including 2018 championship hats, shirts, and banners, a 2018 championship travel cup and beach towel as well as special newspaper inserts from the Villanovan. (Date to be announced).

PGA Section Basket- Includes a dozen golf balls, hats, club cover, glove, shoe bag, tee shirt, four different shirts, a leather card case, a pullover, and one or two other items, including a very nice bag that contains the items.

Two Iron Eagles Logos- Need to be seen to be appreciated.

Phillies Tickets- Four tickets to Phillies vs. Marlins, Sunday September 16th at 1:35PM. They are in Section 105, Row 15, Seats 1-4. (As an added bonus Kevin sits at the back of Section 104 if you are interested in visiting).

Wyncote Golf Club- Round of Golf for Four.

Plainfield Country Club- Round of Golf for three plus Kevin’s great friend, Leon Aryian. A course which is rated one of the top 100 in the country, located in Edison, NJ.

Live Auction Items-

Springhaven Country Club Golf- Golf for three people with Mike Pierce and including lunch. Details to be arranged between Mike and the winning bidder.

Army- Navy Tickets- Four tickets to the game, plus parking, December 8th, 3:00PM at Lincoln Financial Field.

Eagles Package- Four club box seats in Section C16, Row 4, Seats 5-8 for the October 21st game versus the Carolina Panthers, 1:00 PM kickoff (check the week of the game for time confirmation), a parking pass, and an Eagles Super Bowl Champion Football, with the score of the game, and signed by Corey Clement and Jalen Mills. (Tickets are electronic and details to obtain them will be forwarded to the winning bidder).

 

Thanks

There are a great many people to thank and I hope I don’t miss anyone.

Bronze Sponsors-

Mark Gibbons- Gibbons Insurance

Bill Marriott and John Garzia- AA West Company

John Schiavello- Valcourt

Steve and Laurie Schwalb

Jim and Judy Shortall

Stan Wellinsky- Valcourt

 

Program Sponsors-

Joan Stahley- Maleno

George Swayngim- Georgeo’s Water Ice

Beverage Sponsor-

Brenda Hushen- Bayada Nursing

Sign Sponsors-

Bob Barksdale- Barksdale Studios

Jonathon Capon- Valcourt

Mark Gibbons- Gibbons Insurance

Art Gorga and Nick Picozzi- Fire Police Association

George Luttrell

Chris Kelly and Denise Neary

Bill Marriott and John Garzia- AA West Company

Dan McGovern- McGovern’s Landscaping

A.J. Ober- Ober Law

Kathleen Perkins

John Schiavello- Valcourt

Steve and Laurie Schwalb

Jim and Judy Shortall

Stan Wellinsky- Valcourt

Donations-

Army- Navy Tickets- United States Naval Academy Athletics

Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards and Basket- Kristi Crocker, Alliance Marketing

Eagles Package- Tracey Foster

Eagles Metal Logos- Maurice Furlong

Golf Ball and Ball Markers-Lorna Kozlowski- Long and Foster Real Estate

Herr’s Snack Products- Maryann Tice

PGA Section Basket- Sue Unger

Plainfield Golf- Leon Aryian

Springhaven Golf- Mike Pierce

Villanova- Georgetown Tickets and Gear- Jerry Quinn

Water, Granola Bars, Orbit Gum, Koozies- Joe Neary

Wawa Baskets- Jim Shortall

Wyncote Foursome-Melanie Irrgang

Volunteers-

Bill Burland, Dan Hill, Carol Hughes, George Lutrell, Chris Kelly, Steve Neary, Kathy Perkins, Jan Tate, and Kathy Van Bergen.

Thanks to all the volunteers that have solicited gifts, contributed time, and generally always been there for Kevin. My apologies to anyone I have missed. Thanks also goes out to Joseph(JP) and Olivia Neary, as well as Chris and Lindsey Neary who have managed so much of the communication work for the event and the website.

Finally, to all of the golfers, thank you for your support for the past six years. Many of you have been here from the beginning and without you we would have been hard pressed to maintain Kevin living at home. Kevin and I and the entire Neary family can not begin to express our gratitude for your support.

E-A-G-L-E-S!

Great news arrived recently as the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles continued their generous support of Kevin and the golf tournament! The Eagles donated four tickets and a parking pass to the October 21st game agains the Carolina Panthers, the very team the Eagles began their playoff run against on the way to their Super Bowl victory.

Accompanying the tickets is a football with the Super Bowl LII Champions logo, the final score and Eagles logo. To top it off, the football is autographed by two Eagles: Corey Clement, who caught a critical touchdown and four passes for 100 yards during the Super Bowl, and Jalen Mills, whose huge goal line pass break-up of a Tom Brady pass to Gronkowski kept the Patriots out of the end zone.

Don’t get shut out of the event — register early! Click here to get your tickets.

As always, thanks to all of you and the Eagles for your continued support!

Save-the-Date: The Sixth Annual Friends of Kevin Neary Golf Tournament!

As previously mentioned in Bill Burland’s emails, the tournament will be held September 10th, 2018 at Wyncote Golf Club, with golf beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding around 3:30-4:00 p.m. Please help us support Kevin and the family with his increasing medical costs.

Here are the initial details, with more announcements to follow on this site.

Ticket sales will begin shortly and end August 31st. (Due to increased costs, early bird discounts have been discontinued.)

The event will be capped at 120 golfers due to space limitations.

Questions about the event related to golf should be directed to Bill Burland at burlandbill@gmail.com or 484-678-8000.

Questions about other matters can be addressed to Joe Neary at jwn428@aol.com or 610-316-1588.

Details on support opportunities and costs are provided below. Please keep an eye on this website as further details on the tournament — including how to buy tickets — will be rolling out over the next few weeks!

Support Opportunities

Foursome: $550       Single Golfer: $140       Mulligans: $25

Gold Sponsor: $3,000

  • Includes one foursome, hole sponsorship, unlimited mulligans, and two additional lunches.

Silver Sponsor: $2,000

  • Includes one foursome, hole sponsorship, unlimited mulligans.

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Includes one foursome, hole sponsorship.

Hole Sponsor: $100

Beer Sponsor: $500

  • Includes hole sponsor and 2 lunches

Beverage Cart Sponsor: $500

  • Includes hole sponsor and 2 lunches.

Program Sponsor: $250

  • Includes hole sponsor and 1 lunch.

Lunch Only: $30

  • A limited number of lunches will be available

Fly, Eagles, Fly!

On this Super Bowl Sunday, we wanted to give a special thank you to our hometown team. The Philadelphia Eagles have been consistently, generously, animatedly, supportive of Kevin. Every event, they’ve come through for Kevin with great auction items.

We are grateful beyond measure and wish them all good things today!

#FlyEaglesFly

Tomorrow Night! Friendly Sons of St. Patrick – 4th Annual Joint Irish Christmas Party – and Thanksgiving Update!

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with family and friends! We wanted to alert you to a great event tomorrow night – details below.

But first, a few quick updates. Kevin had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kevin, Joe, Chris, Olivia, and Lindsey went up to see their Uncle Rich and Aunt Sherri, who were tremendous hosts as always! Growing up, we always loved seeing the Dickert side of the family on Thanksgiving, and we are thrilled to be able to continue the tradition.

Earlier in the week, the Neary and Dickert families got together for a baby shower for Olivia and Joe at the Neary residence. It was a co-ed event, although the boys did go into the other room to watch NFL RedZone while gifts were opened. It was great to see the family!

Irish Christmas Party – for Kevin’s Benefit

We are so grateful to the Brehon Law Society and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for donating the net proceeds of their annual Christmas party for Kevin’s benefit. The event is tomorrow night – see below for details! It’s a great event and a good opportunity to see wonderful people. Please consider attending or sharing with your network in Philadelphia! Get your tickets here!

The Brehon Law Society and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick cordially invite you to our 4th Annual Joint Irish Christmas Party for the Benefit of our Friend, Kevin Neary.

In this Season of Thankfulness, Family, and Giving, please come out to celebrate Christmas and network with your Irish friends and colleagues; and most importantly, to celebrate and support our friend, Kevin Neary.

LIVE MUSIC from Fan Favorite: The John Byrne Band

Heavy Appetizers and Hors D’oeuvres and Discounted Cash Bar

Admission: $25, with net proceeds to be donated to Kevin Neary

 

Six Years Later, A Note of Appreciation for Our Dad

Believe it or not, today marks six years since Kevin sustained an injury that would change his life forever. Kevin has remained healthy (most of the time!) and is able to enjoy some independence thanks to everyone’s generous support. We can’t say enough how grateful we are for the continue support.
Today, we wanted to call attention to our dad, Joe Neary, who is Kevin’s primary caregiver. This past Monday was Caregiver Appreciation Day, which is an opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation to caregivers for those in need. Many families face situations where a family member is faced with a severe disability or debilitating condition that requires someone to step up.
For us, that’s our father, Joe Neary.
Dad helps Kevin manage his care, which is no small task. He works to ensure that nurses are scheduled and steps up when they’re unable to cover their shift. He makes sure medications and supplies are ordered and accounted for. He handles the paperwork and bureaucratic headaches, which are significant. And he’s the go-to driver of Kevin’s van, making sure Kevin can get to his medical appointments and social engagements.
On top of all that, Dad is still focused on serving his community. Recently, Dad ran for re-election as Township Commissioner in Upper Chichester, where our family has lived since 1985. Dad won re-election easily. We attribute his victory to the faith that people place in him in our community. We couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments and grateful to the example he has set for his children.
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– The Neary Boys

 

Thank you! Another success!

Another year, another wildly successful golf tournament! It almost seems routine, but trust us when we say that the support from you all is extraordinary. We are beyond thrilled and grateful for such a fantastic turnout, donations (including some incredible auction items), and overall support you have shown for Kevin.

There were a number of highlights, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a special shoutout to Bill Burland for recruiting so many golfers and sponsors, Denise Neary for coordinating the auction and program, and Chris Kelly for his successful pinch-hit as emcee AND auctioneer extraordinaire!

We’re also grateful to the amazing committee and volunteers that organized the event. Like we said, it might seem routine — but that’s the result of the tireless work from our fantastic volunteers who secure auction items, line up golfers, and make the day run smoothly.

Thanks to all for your support! The funds raised by the great team effort at the event go a long way to meeting Kevin’s everyday care needs as well as enabling him to get out and about.

Check out some great pictures of the event below.

If you have any more photos from the event, send them over to Chris Neary at nearyc@gmail.com. It’d be great to post them on our Facebook page!

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Golfers ready to head out on a beautiful morning

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Local resident Ed Dougherty tells a story from his pro tour days to a packed house

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Super volunteer Jan Tate and Kevin

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Guests discuss their raffle strategy

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Baby’s first FOKN tournament! Cousin Mike and Jake Dickert

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Some of our great FOKN auction items

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Mother-daughter supervolunteer duo!

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Live auction items were a big hit