Delaware County Daily Times Article: Upper Chichester man makes the most of life in a wheelchair

SPECIAL REPORT…

Today, the Delaware County Daily Times has this article:

Upper Chichester man makes the most of life in a wheelchair

Our thanks to reporter Patti Mengers and photographer Robert Gurecki for their beautiful work.

More than anything, the article reminds Kevin and us how many people are in Kevin’s corner.

His Dad, his family, his awesome friends, and his rockstar caregivers are a formidable crew.

But wait, there’s even more….

There are many people who make gifts to help Kevin’s medical care EVERY month. 

There are people, and organizations, who happily give to each of our fundraising events.

Kevin, and all of us, are aware, that even the most difficult of situations is made better  by the generosity and kindness he has been shown.

Your good thoughts, and your kindness, buoys all of our spirits.

For The Boys, and a quick update

As you all may know, JP, Kevin, and Chris attended Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware.  The entire Salesian community has helped us through so much and we are incredibly thankful for that.

We would like to do our small part by getting the word out about their upcoming fundraiser, For the Boys, which is now a ten year tradition! Please take a moment to check out the event at http://www.salesianum.org/4TB.

Salesianum for the Boys 2016

In other news, Kevin is doing well and is looking forward to JP’s wedding in May, the start of baseball season, and the warmer weather that comes along with it.  He is also looking forward to seeing everyone at the FOKN Golf Outing in September. Here is the link for more details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fokn-golfin-2016-tickets-20936743363

 

FORE (and FOUR)!

What will you be doing six months from today? We have you covered!

We are proud to announce our fourth annual golf tournament to benefit Kevin — it will be held on September 12, 2016, at Wyncote Golf Club.

For details, and to purchase event sponsorships, hole signs, and tickets to play and/or to have lunch, click here.

How lucky are we? Six months out, and…

  • Brian Startare is back as emcee (and if you twist his arm, he MIGHT talk to you about Philadelphia sports)!
  • Bill Burland is back hard at work wrangling golfers.
  • A committee is at work, putting together what promises to be a great event.
  • We already have 14 golfers, and three sponsors, registered.

A sneak peek at some auction items already in:

  • A gift from the Philadelphia EAGLES (details to be revealed!)
  • A $500 gift card from the incredible Sullivan’s Steakhouse
  • A threesome and lunch at the exclusive Plainfield Country Club (home of the Barclays),
  • Passes to the January 26 – 29, 2017 FARMERS Insurance Open in San Diego
  • A gift from the Wilmington Blue Rocks
  • A sit in for two with WIP’s Angelo Cataldi Morning show
  • Bassetts Ice Cream, Chadds Ford Winery, Cinemark, Christiana Mall, GOLFSMITH, Longwood Gardens J&J Snacks, Johnny-O, Ricola, Salesianum, Splendies and WAWA have already promised to participate….and there will be so much more!

You don’t want to miss this event.

We’ve sold out each year….so buy now, and beat the last minute panic.

As always, all proceeds go to Kevin Neary’s special needs trust, to help him with his continued medical expenses.

Spread the word! We would be so grateful for your help in spreading the word about the tournament.  Tell your friends, tell their friends…

Don’t golf?  Consider coming for the lunch and program.

Have ideas to make this event better?   We’re listening — contact Chris and Denise at nearys51@comcast.net

Thank you!

Thank you!

This week marks the fourth anniversary of Kevin’s arrival home from Magee Rehab and our family cannot begin to thank everyone enough for all of the support that has been shown to Kevin. Through fundraisers, golf tournaments, donations, food, visits, and a host of other ways we have been blessed to have your support and want to say thanks. Due to your help we have been able to keep Kevin home and provide him with more opportunities to live a life in the community. Your support has allowed us to purchase the shower bed that allows him to be showered every day, the van that allows him to go to medical appointments, Phillies and Sixers games, and the occasional night out with friends for dinner and a libation from time to time.

 

Thanks again for all you do!

An early happy Valentines!

A little Valentine’s love to share.

Thanks to the generosity of so many, Kevin lives in an accessible home equipped with a generator, gets around town in a specially tailored van, and has the key medical support he needs each day.   

The costs associated with Kevin’s care remain staggering.   Our family is blessed to have support of all kinds, and we are acutely aware that not everyone is as fortunate. Our thanks to everyone who supports Kevin and all of us.  Thanks to all of you, 2016 promises some fun ventures for Kevin, and we will keep you posted.

Our 2016 golf tournament will be September 12, 2016.

https://kevinneary.com/2015/11/09/save-the-date-next-years-golf-tournament-september-12-2016/

We will create an event site in the next few weeks, and will let you know when it goes live.

If the last few years are a good indicator, it will be quite a day!

Good people have ALREADY pledged a few amazing gifts….more on that as the date draws nearer.  A reminder that, once again, your help is needed.   And we are so grateful for that help!

We need, among other things:   golfers, event sponsors (does anyone want to sponsor the bar? hard to say how popular you would be!), hole sponsors, live auction items, silent auction items, raffle items, and swag bag “stuff.”

Do you have….

*An aunt who would offer a one week stay in her apartment in Paris as a live auction item?  (Other destinations happily accepted)

*A neighbor with awesome seats for Philly sports to donate?

*A friend who runs a local business who could donate gift cards?

*A contact who can get you backstage at Philly music or theatre events?

*Some other wonderful connection or idea?

Questions about golf? Contact Bill, burlandbill@gmail.com

Contributions? Contact Chris Kelly, kellyc51@comcast.net

Any other questions? Please send a note to fokngolfinfo@gmail.com

Please, let us know if you can help!    No pressure, but we are counting on it!

And happy Valentine’s Day!

Penn vs. Princeton

Hey everyone!  Just a quick update on Kevin’s latest excursion.  As you might know, the winter weather makes it a bit more difficult for Kevin to get out of the house.  But the Penn vs. Princeton basketball game is reason enough for Kevin to brave the elements.

While it was a tough 71-73 overtime loss, it seems that Kevin, Chris Neary and Chris Kelly seems to have a great time.  Here are a few photos:

 

We hope everyone is having a safe and happy new year!

 

 

A thank you and more events!

We wanted to thank everyone who came out to the event at Zavino! And special thanks to Kevin’s friend Erin, who organized the event and donated her tips! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, this event raised over $1,000 for Kevin. Truly amazing!
We also wanted to make sure you were all aware that the Irish Network of Philadelphia has again dedicated its Christmas gathering to Kevin’s benefit. The event, which is co-hosted by The Brehon Law Society and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, will take place on Thursday, December 3rd in Philadelphia. If you’d like to attend, details are here and you can buy tickets and register here. It’s always a lot of fun.
Thanks again to everyone who continues to chip in!

Save the Date! Next Year’s Golf Tournament – September 12, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the fourth annual golf tournament to benefit Kevin will be held at Wyncote Golf Tournament on Monday, September 12, 2016.

PLEASE HOLD THE DATE!

An Eventbrite site will be set up early next year.

Questions about golf? Contact Bill, burlandbill@gmail.com

One of the high class dilemma of such a successful event is topping it — but we count on all of you. Do you have any connections you’d be willing to pursue for silent or live auction items, or for our FOKN swag bags? We could really use the help!

Contributions? Contact Chris Kelly, kellyc51@comcast.net

Any other questions? Please shoot an email to fokngolfinfo@gmail.com

New Event at Zavino University City – Monday, Nov 16th

We’re excited to let you know Kevin’s friend Erin has organized an event at Zavino University City. It’ll be fundraising happy hour to help the FOKN Runners — a group of folks committed to hitting the pavement to raise money for Kevin’s care. Come on out this Monday, November 16thfrom6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Zavino in University City!

There will be happy hour specials, and a gift basket to raffle off with a gift card to Zavino/Philly Runner and some wine. Erin will be donating all of her tips to the FOKN Runners fundraising effort. Also, be sure to look for FOKN runners participating in the Philly marathon/half marathon.

We’ll have more to announce about events later this week!

25,000 Thank You’s!

With thanks to golfers, donors, sponsors, and volunteers we are elated to report that we raised $25,000 at the golf tournament on Monday.

We want to thank everyone on the committee for all of the hard work and effort the past few months pulling this together.

Special thanks to Bill Burland, who recruited the golfers who responded with such extraordinary generosity.

Extra special thanks to Denise Neary and Chris Kelly for making this all happen.

Kevin and all of us are so grateful.