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!


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!


Golfers ready to head out on a beautiful morning


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


Super volunteer Jan Tate and Kevin


Guests discuss their raffle strategy


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


Some of our great FOKN auction items


Mother-daughter supervolunteer duo!


Live auction items were a big hit

What to Expect at Monday’s Tournament – And Check Out the Program!

FORE! The tournament golf program is here! If you’re joining us on September 11th, you’ll want to check it out. Get a head start on our many great auction and raffle items. 

Golfing? Important info below – including new things this year!

On your way into Wyncote, stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts truck for a cup of coffee.

Please stop by our check-in table, so you’ll know where you are in the lineup. 

Then take a moment to walk around.  We have a few new things this year!

Back are the popular silent and live items, and the 50/50. 

Want a silent auction item now? Consider offering the buy it now price! Let a volunteer know, so we can mark it sold.  

But there’s more!  This year features raffles and gift card sales.  (You can buy those without even going to the checkout line!)

We’re having just one Dixon golf game this year, for $10 per player.

Coming just for lunch?

We expect golfers to arrive back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m.

That’s when bidding for the raffles and the silent auction items will begin in earnest.

We expect our festivities (featuring some amazing live items) to begin at 2:30.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!


FOKN GOLF Program 2017

FOKN 5 is sold out! But come for lunch!

AMAZING NEWS….the September 11 golf tournament is sold out.

You can still sponsor the event, buy lunch tickets, and make a gift to the trust here:


Going to the tournament, or to the lunch?

We will have:

  • Gift cards for sale, just below value (so many great places already in)
  • Raffle prizes (including gift baskets, sporting event tickets and more!)
  • 50/50 (winner gets half the amount collected)
  • Silent auction items
  • Live auction items

We’ll post a program in early September.

Great stuff is already in, and more is promised.

We have a little bargain to propose.  Want to buy tickets in advance?

50/50 TICKETS at the event will be:

  • $5 each
  • 5 for $20

RAFFLE TICKETS at the event will be:

  • 5 for $25
  • 15 for $50

We are offering a sale prior to the event.

If you act now and make a $100 purchase online by AUGUST 30, you can get $120 in value.

What do you need to do? Just click here!

You can select:

  • Thirty 50/50 tickets, at a value of  $120, for $100


  • Thirty raffle tickets and five 50/50 tickets, at a value of $120, for $100

Your tickets will be waiting for you at the tournament—saving you time and money in the process.

A win/win—for a great cause.

Golf Update! 49 days to go!

FOKN Golf Update


Under two months until our September 11 golf tournament

(These are the tip of the iceberg—we will also have silent auction items, raffle items, and gift cards for sale.   Look for a draft program here just before the event.)

The Philadelphia Eagles are back with a fabulous gift (EAGLES have been stalwarts for Kevin!)—–their gifts add so much fun, and raise so much money to help Kevin.

There is so much more.

Coming to the tournament?   Read below, and start plotting your strategy.

Not coming, and know someone who is?  Consider asking someone to represent you to bid on an item.

Not coming, and don’t know anyone who is?  Reach out to us if there is an item here of interest—-last year, a wonderful guy playing the top 100 courses in the country reached out.   He had a spectacular day of golf, and made a gift to the trust.



Four tickets to a taping of the show in Washington, DC.

Mutually convenient date—must be used by February 2018.

Donated by:  Meet the Press



$750 gift certificate to Sullivan’s Steak House, 5525 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE

Donated by:  Bill White and Sullivan’s


Two tournament passes to Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, for the 12th playing of the Presidents Cup, September 26 – October 1, 2017.

Watch the greatest golfers in the world compete, including Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler from the U.S. and, for the international team – Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Donated by:   The Presidents Cup


Two one day tickets to the March 12 – 18, 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida AND a one-week condo stay in Orlando that week.

Donated by:   Arnold Palmer Invitational and the McGillians


Two tickets to a University of South Carolina 2017 home game (date TBD), USC swag bag, tour of the campus, car service to and from airport and game, two complimentary tickets to South Carolina’s largest ticketed attraction – the Riverbanks Zoo, Sunday brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only rotating restaurant, and dinner with JP and Olivia Neary at the Original Zesto, featuring Columbia’s best fried chicken!

Donated by:  Olivia and JP Neary

Golf with the Padre and the Pro!

Local resident, and Saint John Fisher pastor, Father Robert Mc Dermott and PGA pro Ed Dougherty, have joined to offer the opportunity for two golfers to play with them at the TPC Jasna Polana Golf Course a PGA Tour course in Princeton New Jersey, one of the top private clubs in the state. The winning bidder will receive a day of golf and lunch, all compliments of Ed. The format will be Ed and Father Mc Dermott for six holes, and then Ed will golf with each of the other golfers for six holes each as will Father McDermott. While Ed will provide tips as play progresses, the day is not a golf lesson for the winning bidder.

A mutually agreed upon time will be arranged. This is a great opportunity for a serious golfer to golf at a prestigious course.

Take a look at the course at tpc.com/jasnapolana/golf and see what a great course you’ll be playing.

Donated by: Ed Dougherty and Father Robert McDermott


Four Club tickets and parking, October 29 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 p.m. game, plus signed merchandise.

Donated by:  The Philadelphia Eagles


Bill Burland predicts that there will only be 10 tickets left to sell by the time early bird ticket sales close on August 11.

So, if you have been putting off buying yours, it’s best to purchase now!

GOLF TOURNAMENT FAQs — and your help needed!

This post is in response to some frequently asked questions about our upcoming September 11 event.

You’ll find this information, and more, on our Eventbrite site by clicking here.


We introduced EARLY BIRD pricing this year:

  • Early bird single tickets are $125 (with an $8 fee)
  • Early bird foursomes are $510 (with a $30 fee)

Early bird sales end on AUGUST 11.    After the 11th, ticket prices go up to $150 individual (plus fees), $550 foursome (plus fees).   ALL SALES END on September 2.

If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, there is no time like the present.

On the site, you can also purchase mulligans (not that you need them!) and sponsorships.

What’s the start time? We are starting at 8:30 on September 11!

What can you expect that day?

  • Morning coffee from the Dunkin Donuts truck
  • Volunteers at registration, providing good cheer and golf bags
  • A chance to preview raffle, live and silent auction items
  • Shotgun start at 8:30
  • A spectacular day of golf on a world class course
  • A Dixon golf game
  • A barbecue lunch
  • 50/50, raffles, and a silent auction
  • A live auction program emceed by Brian Startare
  • Kevin Neary!!!!

Any other questions about golf?  

Please contact Bill Burland at burlandbill@gmail.com or at 484.678.8000


Please consider joining our growing honor roll of donors/sponsors and VIPs:

  • Alliance Marketing and Kristi Crocker and Melissa Yakim  (Dunkin Donuts truck, gift basket and coupons)
  • Aston Sunoco and Julie Narkin
  • Barksdale Photography
  • Bassetts Ice Cream and Michael  Strange
  • Brandywine River Musem and Kathleen Barkasy
  • Chaddsford Winery and Elaine Faso
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • CobraPuma and Siobhan Howard
  • DAS and Joe LaRose
  • Delaware Theatre Company and Sarah Albrecht
  • Dixon Golf
  • Eastern State Penitentiary and Casey Paul
  • Theresa and Donny Froio
  • Gift on Wheels and Karen Thorp
  • Tom Gilbert
  • Hedgerow Theatre and Darlene McClellan
  • The Honda Classic, Dana Johnson and Angelo Scarcetti
  • Iron Hill Brewery and Kelly Regan
  • J&J Snacks and Kristyn Castellante
  • Johnnie-O and Kim Rohm
  • Marianne Kaplan
  • Chris Kelly and Denise Neary
  • Kramer Portraits and Wendy Richards
  • LaSalle University and John Lyons
  • Limoncello
  • Longwood Gardens and Monica Stazesky
  • Lucky’s Coffee Shop and Matt Tyrawski
  • Meet the Press
  • Joe and Renee McGillian
  • Deb and Phil Miller
  • August Ober
  • The National Constitution Center and Merissa Blum
  • JP and Olivia Neary
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Philadelphia Flyers
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Jerry Quinn  (donating Villanova/Georgetown men’s basketball tickets!)
  • Ricola and JoAnn Kislewski
  • Salesianum and Nancy Meier and Brendan Kennealey
  • Michael Szczerban
  • Ken Seltzer
  • The Shops at Liberty Place
  • Sony Open
  • Sproul Lanes and Sheila Biddle
  • Brian Startare
  • St. Joseph University and Mr. DiJulia
  • Sullivans and Bill White
  • Temple University
  • Valcourt, Jon Capon and John Schiavello
  • Wells Fargo Bank and Rachel Chapman
  • Westfield Mall and Kimba Brown
  • The Wilmington Blue Rocks
  • Wyndham Hotels
  • WOGL

Have auction items to donate?

Please contact Chris Kelly at kellyc51@comcast.net or at 301.613.8388.


With thanks to the extraordinary effort of too many volunteers to mention, this golf tournament is a day of great golf, great fun and fellowship.

But we need your help!

  • We need golfers!   Remember, early bird tickets end August 11.   ALL sales end on September 2.

*****Please, share the word about this event — we promise that no one who attends will be disappointed.

  • We need event sponsors.   (Hard to say how much good cheer can be provided by a free beer after a morning of golf!
  • We need contributions to our golfer SWAG bags, and our silent and live auctions.    Good for local businesses and great for us!  Donation cut-off date is August 11.   Let us know if you have ideas!

Thanks so much for your support and kindness!