The past few weeks have been quiet! Kevin hasn’t had any health complications, which is really the most important thing. He continues to make progress getting off the ventilator — Kevin is now up to 14 hours a day off of the vent with the assistance of the pacing device that he’s able to use as a result of his successful surgery several months ago. He has had a steady stream of visitors as well — if you’d like to stop by, all we ask is that you give a call to the house first (610-485-7270) to make sure Kevin is free.
Now for the fun stuff – we have some really exciting details to share about Kevin’s birthday party on September 14th, especially some auction items that you won’t want to miss. We’ll turn the blog over to Kevin’s Aunt Denise, who has been working with a committed group of Friends of Kevin Neary to make this even truly special. (Again, if you have auction items or other ways you’d like to help, please contact her at email@example.com.)
Update from Denise Neary on Kevin’s Birthday Party
And now, for something completely different – Kevin’s Aunt Denise here, taking a moment to update everyone on the event on September 14.
As you know, the Friends of Kevin Neary will host a 30th birthday celebration and fundraiser in his honor on Friday evening, September 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Citizens Bank Park’s Diamond Club. (Kevin will turn 30 on September 22.) Tickets are available here.
What can you expect when you get there?
The event will be held at the Phillies’ Diamond Club – a panoramic view can be seen here. Parking will be free.
WIP SportsRadio personality Glen Macnow will be our master of ceremonies for the evening, and other special guests from the Philadelphia sports world are expected to attend. Some of those guests may or may not be green!
First and foremost, the night is to celebrate Kevin’s birthday, and to toast not just that milestone birthday, but his many triumphs over the last several months.
Kevin and his family have been overwhelmed by the support of family and friends, and from strangers. The evening is a nice opportunity for us to say thanks.
The famous Kevin Neary will be there, in person, to accept birthday greetings!
Not everyone can have Major League Baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies let them throw a party at their house….but of course Kevin can!
Second, we hope to raise some money for Kevin’s continued care. The silent auction will be a great way to do that, with some very special items. Plan to do your holiday shopping that evening!
I’ll tell you about just a few of them:
- a “ride along” for two with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey;
- accompany emcee Glen Macnow as he does his WIP radio show;
- fantastic tickets to an Eagles game, with an autographed Michael Vick helmet;
- a chance to be an extra, and bring three friends behind the scenes, on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (at the Philly filming next season…spend the day, meet the cast, get autographed merchandise); and,
- tickets for four to the December 8 Army-Navy game at the Linc, decked out in Navy goodies.
- a framed poster from the movie The Notebook, autographed by the movies’ stars
Want to go away?
Auction items include: a beautiful condo on the beach in Sea Isle for Irish Weekend, September 21 – 23, 2012; a gorgeous condo in Ocean City the week of September 15, 2013; a lovely condo in Kissimee, Florida (two tickets to Universal included) and a weekend in DC, with hotel, breakfast and tickets to the Spy Museum included.
How will you get there?
We have Bolt Bus and USAirways vouchers!
Want a staycation?
We have amazing hotel packages in Philadelphia and New Jersey; we have tickets to major Philadelphia professional and college sporting events; to Delaware Valley cultural and entertainment venues; and to some of the best of Philadelphia restaurants.
Thinking A to Z? We have Arden Theatre to Yards Brewing Company.
Whether you want brunch at Sabrina’s, or prime rib at Union Trust, whether you love comedy clubs or the ballet, want to read a best-selling author or bring in the new year at Dave and Buster’s….and almost everything in between…..there is an auction item for you.
Haven’t bought your tickets yet?
And tell your friends….be like Rosie Connors, who is encouraging her friends to be part of FORC (Friends of Rosie Connors).
Join us as we cheer the force that is Kevin Neary!
Hope to see you there!
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
- Cornucopia Catering
- Gold Transportation
- Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and
- Starr Restaurants
And, of course, we want to thank the Phillies organization again!
*******************************************************************Some frequently asked questions:
Cash bar? Sad, but true.
Children? Welcome to participate; must have a ticket.
Credit accepted? We hope to have credit card as an option. Cash and checks will make the checkout process go faster.
What does the ticket buy? Free parking, dinner, a fun evening. It is a bargain….dessert is being provided by Cornucopia, and we aren’t being charged to use the Diamond Club.
Want to sponsor the event? More gifts? Contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to put together a program, so that those attending can preview the auction events available.
We plan to post an auction catalog to this site in early September.
Beth McCanna said:
Awesome news about being off the ventilator for so long every day, Kevin! You are a fighter! Just letting you know we continue to pray for you up here in Jamestown. You are an inspiration!
Joan Stahley said:
Thanks for this update. If anyone can get a crowd, it’s Kevin! He’s so AWESOME and AMAZING!!
Maria Ombres said:
So great to hear you’re off the vent for so long!