An official announcement about our 5th annual FOKN golf outing! We are happy to share that the next installment of FOKN golfing will occur on Monday, September 11th.

Please visit the following link for all of the pertinent details:

Here is what is new:
– The event will be capped at 120 golfers
– We will tee off at 8:30 am
– We have early bird pricing through August 11th!
– We will have Dixon Golf sponsoring only one event this year

Many of those changes designed to make the tournament seamless.

Here is what all golfers can count on:
– A great tournament full of fun and fellowship
– A great MC in Brian Startare
– 50/50 raffles
– Silent and live auction items
– And of course Kevin

Hope to see you there!

The FOKN Committee


Two updates – Irish event and golf tournament date!

We have two quick exciting updates to share.

First, for those thinking about attending the Third Annual Joint Irish Christmas party to benefit Kevin, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be joined by special guest, Ben Davis from the Philadelphia Phillies! The link for registration can be found by clicking here.

We’ve also secured a date for next year’s golf tournament. So, mark your calendars for Monday, September 11th, 2017. We hope to see you there!

Philly event! Third Annual Joint Irish Christmas Party to benefit Kevin


We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The Neary family certainly has plenty to be thankful for — including support from our entire community.

With the holiday season underway, we wanted to share details for another year of a great event dedicated to Kevin’s benefit: the Third Annual Joint Irish Christmas Party. It’s always a good time, and we’re thrilled that the sponsors have once again chosen Kevin to benefit.

The event is Wednesday, December 14th, and it’ll be held at McFadden’s at the Ballpark. Details on the event, including how to buy tickets, are below.

December 14th: Third Annual Joint Irish Christmas Party

for the Benefit of our Friend, Kevin Neary

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


McFadden’s at the Ballpark

1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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.


Open Bar (Beer and Wine)

Heavy Appetizers and

Hors D’oeuvres


Admission: $50, with all proceeds to be donated to Kevin Neary

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite: (or click on hyperlink below)

Sponsorship Opportunities available;

Please contact James Quinlan @ with any questions.

Purchase Tickets Here

Thank you for 5 years of support!

Today, November 15th, marks five years since the day that Kevin was assaulted.  If you are reading this you probably know the story and we don’t want to bring up all those details as that isn’t the point of this post.

Our family would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. From day one, we have had the love and support of old friends, neighbors, new friends, and so many whom we have never met but who have been touched by Kevin’s ordeal but more importantly have been inspired by his courage and example. We have been graced with friends who regularly visit, who regularly contribute to his care both financially and emotionally, and the large group of volunteers who have annually run the golf tournament and have made it a huge, successful event. We have been fortunate to have had a group of doctors and nurses across many disciplines who have taken a special interest in Kevin’s well-being and who have taken extra time each visit to discuss his health, his concerns, and, invariably, the Phils, Sixers, or Eagles depending on the season.

We could not have done this without all of you and we will be eternally grateful for your love and support.


The Neary Family


New bed, mattress, and a special thank you from Kevin

The following is a post from Kevin Neary:

On Wednesday, we were fortunate enough to receive both a new bed and new mattress that were charitably donated by Leon Ariyan, a friend and former employer of mine at Worldwide Express. The mattress arrived two days earlier than expected, conveniently about a half an hour after the new bed was professionally assembled. Since I arrived home from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in February 2012, I utilized a donated air mattress that was better and safer than the mattress I came home to. The model was discontinued and we were unable to have the mattress serviced when it needed repairs. Also, our old bed was definitely in need of an upgrade.

The new bed and mattress are for sure welcomed additions to my living arrangement, improving my quality of life significantly. Both the new bed and mattress are much quieter, more comfortable, easier for the nurses to operate, and more modern additions to my living area. As you can imagine, anything that is medical carries a significant level of investment, so these donations are quite a generous gesture.

For those of you who do not know Leon, as previously mentioned, not only did he his business partner hire me to my first sales position, he quickly became a friend. His outgoing personality is an attribute that enabled me to learn and reinforce sales techniques and habits that contributed to my professional successes. Through thick and thin, Leon has proven to be someone whose counsel and generosity have meant a ton to me. You may have met him at last year’s golf outing and noted his infectious personality.

In addition to these donations, Leon has contributed in other ways to my well-being, including golf threesomes to the prestigious Plainfield Country Club golf course in central New Jersey, that have generated a lot of interest and money on my behalf. I cannot thank him enough for his continued support and friendship. Thank you Leon for constantly being there, willing to do whatever you can on my behalf.

What the tournament means for Kevin

On Monday, we held our fourth annual FOKN Golf Tournament, which couldn’t have gone better — thanks to the amazing work of some dedicated family and friends. We’ll thank them in a minute, but we really wanted to put in perspective how much this tournament means for Kevin and the Neary family.

Some of you may be aware that Kevin is able to hire home health aides for part of the week to assist in his care. This is a game-changer for Kevin and Joe Neary. They help Kevin get ready for the day and be more independent.

But these home health aides aren’t covered by insurance, and their time and work is valuable. On average, home health aides cost about $25,000 per year.

So how does this tie back to the golf tournament? This year, we were able to raise about $25,000. In one day (and a lot of prep work by volunteers), you helped cover the cost of Kevin’s care.

That’s why it goes without saying that we’re incredibly grateful – to the organizers, volunteers, donors, golfers and bidders. It is truly amazing and humbling to get this level of support.

The day was capped off by a really fun live auction emceed by Brian Startare, Philadelphia sports personality and long-time friend of Kevin’s. This year he led a really entertaining live auction that resulted in some generous bids!

And of course, there are so many volunteers that make the day run smoothly.

It’s such a great event, and we’re so grateful. We’ve included some photos showing some of the day’s highlights. Hope you can join us next year!


Great auction skills by our emcee, Brian Startare.


Golfers getting ready to hit the course!


Bill Burland, golf organizer extraordinaire!


Just a few of the tremendous auction items.


A few of our awesome volunteers who kept everything running smoothly!


A gorgeous day on the course – could not have asked for better weather. See you again next year!

FOKN Program is here!

We are thrilled to share with you our program for the FOKN Golf Tournament on September 12th! If you’re attending the tournament, click here to take a look. Lots of really great items that you will want to check out so you can plan your bidding. We are so grateful to our host committee and the many donors for putting together such an amazing set of items.

There could be a change or two between now and then, but this gives a great sense of what an exciting day we have in store.

Please join us in thanking all of our generous supporters! We are sold out of golfing spots, which is a testament to the amazing auction items and support from our community.

For all golfers, please note what’s new this year:

  • Registration closes at 8:45 a.m.! 
  • Dunkin’ Donuts will be there with a sampling truck.
  • We will have TWO Dixon golf challenges. For details, click here: DIXON GOLF INTRODUCTION
  • A few auction items will close at 8:45 a.m.! So keep an eye out for those.
  • With such a full house, and our new staggered bidding, we anticipate some fierce bidding.  Bid early, bid often!


  • Please plan to arrive by 1 PM
  • Review the program before you arrive — bidding is always a fun part of this event


The site is closed for golfers; it is still open for sponsors and donations. You can support the event by clicking here.

Thanks again, and looking forward to seeing folks on 9/12!

Sold out!


Some great news to report! We are SOLD OUT for the September 12 golf tournament, with thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Kevin’s champion Bill Burland.

Our thanks to Bill, and to our community, for this incredible support for Kevin.

The site remains open for those who wish to sponsor the event, purchase lunch tickets, and make donations. Click here if you’re interested in any of those options.

Golfers and non-golfers alike are in for a great day. We’ll post a program just before the event, so keep an eye out so you can plan your bids!

Some early thanks for the FOKN September 12 golf tournament!

WHY are all of these people being thanked for gifts to the September 12 FOKN golf tournament?

(And this doesn’t even include our committee, our event sponsors, and many more generous donors.)

Check out this list, and join us in thanking them:

Alliance Marketing and Kristi Crocker

Leon Ariyan

Baltimore Ravens

Bassetts Ice Cream and Michael Strange

Gloria Baladez and Friends of QVC

Brandywine River Museum of Art and Kathleen Barkasy


Car-Mira’s Deli

Century Club of San Diego and Juliane Alarcio and Peter Ripa

Chaddsford Winery

Cheesecake Factory and Denise Vivolo

Chipotle Turner Square, West Chester

Christiana Mall


CNN and John Robinson

Concordville Inn and Steve Angeline

Courtyard Baltimore Downtown and Patrick McManus

DAS (Dynamic Advertising Solutions) and Joe LaRose

Delaware Theatre Company

Rich and Sherri Dickert

Dixon Golf and Rob McClarty

Fado and Chelsea McNett

Golf Digest

Golf Galaxy

Golfsmith and Elizabeth Durham

Herrs Snacks and Maryann Tice

Honda Classic and Dana Johnson

J&J Snacks and Kristyn Castellante

Johnnie-O and Kim Rohm

Le Virtu

Marianne Kaplan

Kramer Portraits and Wendy Richards

Late Night with Seth Meyers and Kyle O’Donnell

The Late Show

Le Virtu

LIDS Christiana Mall

Lone Star

Longwood Gardens and Monica Staszesky

Joe Lunardi

Joe and Renee McGillian

Mendenhall Inn and Victoria Harris

Merion Golf Club and Harry Hill

Morgan’s Pier

National Constitution Center

Panera Bread

Ralph Papa

The Philadelphia Eagles and Tracy Foster

The Philadelphia Phillies and Kelly Yurgin

Philadelphia Theatre Company and Sara Garonzik

Beth Pelkofksy

Mike Pierce and Pierce and Hughes

RBC Heritage and Chris LoBello

Ricola and Jo Ann Kisielewski

Colleen Rush

Salesianum School and Brendan Kennealey and Nancy Meier

Laurie and Steve Schwalb

Shipyard Brewing and Fred Chapman

Sony Open and Rhonda Funn

Splendies and Anthony Coombs

Brian Startare

Sullivans and Bill White

Jan Tate

The Golf Warehouse and Tammy Smith

Colleen and Michelle Thomas

Tiger Woods Foundation and Danny Callahan

U.S. Naval Academy, Chet Gladchuk and Pat Phillips

Walnut Street Theatre and Melissa Leigh Hoke

Wawa and Jim Shorthall

Wells Fargo and Kristen Miller

Wendys and Elena Kurza


The Wilma Theatre and Catherine Perez

Wilmington Blue Rocks and Kevin Linton

WIP, Maria Donahue and Cindy Webster

Wyncote Golf Club

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Yards Brewing



What did these fine people donate?

You will have to be there on September 12 to see (and we’ll post a program just prior to the event).

There are still spots available to golf, but they are going fast:

Dunkin Donut and WAWA in the house for our 2017 golf tourney!

Dunkin Donut and WAWA in the house for our 2017 golf tourney!

Don’t have tickets yet for the September 12 event?

No time like the present…….

We will have some of the “same” wonderful things we’ve had before…a fantastic emcee, a wonderful course, great raffle, silent and live auction items.

And our guest of honor, Kevin Neary, will be in attendance!

We’ve talked about some of our AMAZING auction items here:

and here:

But there’s more!

What is new this year?

  • Registration will start at 7:15 and will close at 8:45!
  • Alliance Marketing and Dunkin Donuts, who have been BIG supporters for each event, have upped their considerable game and are giving EVEN MORE!  The Dunkin Donuts sampling truck will be out front of Wyncote during registration!  (DD will send a gift basket, too, and will donate coupons to the golfer swag bags)
  • WAWA is sending SEVERAL gift baskets!  (They will also donate coupons to the golfer swag bags)
  • We’ll have some timed auction items….some items will close as early as 8:45! (Early warning that one of the WAWA baskets will be in that early close group.)
  • We’ll have timed closing on more of our auction events!
  • Wonderful new items continue to arrive….including fantastic gift baskets, Philly sports items, amazing golf gifts, two VIP tickets to THE LATE SHOW procured by Kevin Neary, a Philly hotel stay, Philly theatre tickets, and so much more……….
  • Check back for a draft program here just prior to the event!

So grateful, as always, for the generosity and support of so many in bringing this event to fruition—including St. John Fisher Parish, which once again included a blurb about the event in their parish bulletin!

Kevin and all of us are so grateful.