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 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 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 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!

Wedding, Anniversary, and Peer Mentoring – Post from Kevin

This spring has afforded me many opportunities to enjoy significant events in my life as well as the chance to interact with people who have similar injuries as me. Hopefully, these will be part of a collection of experiences that provide me the opportunity to have a busy few months that will culminate in a wonderful golf tournament on September 11th of this year.

First, on Saturday, April 29th, we welcomed Lindsey Schwalb and her family into our extended family in a wonderful ceremony and reception. She is the perfect complement to Christopher and someone who has helped me in many ways since she has been an integral part of my brother’s life. I owe a special thank you to Lindsey and her parents, Steve and Laurie Schwalb, for having the event in the Delaware Valley.


Second, in a few weeks, May 28th to be exact, my brother Joseph and his wife Olivia will celebrate their first of many anniversaries. It has been great to see the two of them grow together so much in one year of marriage.  Olivia and her parents, Stan and Kim Cotton, have been incredible additions to our family as well.

Last, I recently completed the peer mentoring training at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and had the opportunity to meet with one patient so far. It was a rewarding experience for me and I hope, not only, was it beneficial for the patient, but it is something that I have the opportunity to do more of in the future.

As you can see, there has been plenty of excitement in the past few weeks. We look forward to the next few months of continued activity as well as good cheer. As the summer approaches, there will be plenty more activity as we look to continue our efforts to make our next golf outing a huge success on September 11th. I hope to see you and your friends at the outing!

Just four months until our golf tournament – EAGLES update!

Just four months until our golf tournament

And while we don’t want to spill the beans on everything we are working on for the event, this auction item is too good NOT to tell.

The Philadelphia Eagles, champion FOKN supporters, have come through again!

They’ll donate an autographed item AND FOUR club level tickets (and parking) to the Eagles v. 49ers game on 10/29 at 1:00 pm.

Join us on September 11 to bid on this fantastic item!

More soon!

Spring Golf Update – and Request for Your Help!

Happy Spring!

A quick reminder about our upcoming September 11 golf tournament.  

We are delighted to announce that we already have 16 golfers signed up, and another 20 in the works.

Please remember that we are capping the event at 120 golfers this year, and early birds get a discount.  

Find out more by clicking here

Can you help with auction items?

We are starting our auction item solicitation in earnest, and would be grateful for the assistance of anyone reading this.

We already have some fantastic items in hand — more on that as the event date approaches.   (One significant “reveal” — the Dunkin’ Donuts truck will be at the event again!)

But we seek your help and support once again.   

Do you have a favorite restaurant that might be willing to make a gift of a gift card or special occasion?  Do you have “backstage” access to any Delaware Valley area events?   Contacts with museums, sports, special events?

Please let us know if you can help!  Our experience with our local community has overwhelmed us with your generosity.    

Thank you, and happy spring!


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.