2014 – Year in Review – Thanks for your continued Support!

As 2014 comes to an end, The Keane Foundation would like to thank those who have supported, and to update you on work we have done.

In our first full year as “The Keane Foundation” (Formerly “The Billy Keane Foundation”) we expanded both our giving and our fundraising to Georgia. The southern branch, anchored by Karen Keane Smith’s husband Kirk and sister Cindy, held the first annual Karen Keane Smith St. Patrick’s Day party. The event was a huge success, bringing many of Karen’s friends together to celebrate her life, and also to raise money for the foundation. More than 100 people came to the event, with over $10,000 being raised. 2015’s event is already penciled in for March 14th!

Throughout the year, the Southern branch has worked to help our community and families at need. Some of the work includes:

  • The Garcia Family of Lansing Michigan – Steve Garcia (a neighbor of The Keane Foundation Supporter Michelle and Aaron Smith) was diagnosed with ALS in August 2014. With the help of many volunteers in his community (known as “Team Garcia”), Steve’s home was modified to accommodate his condition. The Keane Foundation was happy to provide the family with a mechanical lift chair to help make conserve Steve’s energy. The chair was delivered in November, and the family was most appreciative (insert picture)
  • Supporting “Forever We”  through there “adopt a hospital” program – The Keane Foundation in conjunction with Michelle Foster “adopted” Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, providing 50 specially designed dolls fore girls with cancer. Kirk Smith and Michelle personally met some of the children who have received dolls and were overcome with emotions.   at the effect of having a doll that also has your illness had on http://vimeo.com/105440016

The Philadelphia branch of The Keane Foundation also did some great things this past year. In July, we held “The Waterslide Family Bash” in Ocean City that raised over 17,000! With these funds, several Philadelphia Area Families have been supported, including:

  • The Koreck Family – Along with the St. Mary Magdalen football team, funds were raised and distributed to help in Claire’s progress.
  • The Wilson Family – support from the foundation has helped with daughter Ella’s struggles with neurofibromatosis.
  • The Wusinich Family – support from the foundation has helped as their father experiencing a sudden impairment leaving him unable to work.

All told, the Keane Foundation has distributed over half of the money raised in 2014, and are looking for more ways to help in 2015. Our goal is to give the majority of money away before our next fundraising events in the spring and summer of this coming year. If you know of a family that is going through a crises and could use a little help, please contact us or nominate a recipient.

God Bless, and Happy Holidays,

Kirk Smith – Board Member – The Keane Foundation

PS – If anyone is interested in a copy of Karen’s book, “Growing my Soul”, please contact me and I will send one out to you (They sell for $15/book).

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Ocean City Event a HUGE Success!

On Saturday, July 19th over 230 people came out to Boardwalk Adventures on the Ocean City Boardwalk and enjoyed games, music, and friendship on the New Jersey Shore.  This dispite the weather looking like it was going to pour!

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After all was said and done, more than $15,000 was raised for the Keane Foundation!

Thanks to the following family sponsors:

The Neilly Family The Baccala Family John & Joan Mullen
The Marvin Family Ida & Scott Katherine The Arizin Family
The Zozaya Family The Higgins Family The Tegler Family
Matt & Christine Mullen The LaFond Family John Thompson/Joe Besecker
The Beacham Family The Picciotti Family Jeff & Suzanne Mullen
The Reilly Family Kathleen Weir John Burns

 

Now comes the neat part, giving this money away!

We need your help in identifying people who are going through a rough patch in their lives and could use a hand to get them through.  Do you know someone who is dealing with a family illness, or someone that’s family has suffered a tragidy?  If you know of a worthy cause, please submit their names on our “suggest a recepient” tab.

Once again, thanks to all that came out to support the foundation.  Please visit our Facebook page to see more pictures from the event.

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Ocean City Event has been finalized!!

June 2014 marks the anniversary of the passing of our good friends Billy (5 years) and Karen (1 year). To honor them, we are holding a family event at the Ocean City Water park in Ocean City, NJ, where Billy and Karen grew up every summer. We hope you can help us make this event a success. Click here for more details.

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The First Annual Keane Foundation St. Patrick’s Day Bash in ATL is a Hit!

With over 100 people in attendance for this party/silent action/raffle/blow out, the Smith Household was rocking way past midnight last Saturday. Thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers who helped make this a great event. The numbers haven’t been totaled up yet, but we will bring in somewhere close to $10,000, which we will begin looking for good causes to support. Thanks again to our local businesses who are listed below (links to their websites are also given).  For pictures of the event, visit our Facebook site.

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Allegra (Formerly Printing Impressions)
Ambridge House
Art’s Bagels
Atlanta Falcons
Brookstone Country Club
Budweiser
Chili’s
Coke
CrossFit Allatoona
Day’s Chevrolet
Keegan’s Meeting House
Maggiano’s
Owen Security
Penn Reels
Pointe Photography
Signiture salon
TriMade Marketing
Tumblebus
US Army
White Rabit Cottage
YMCA of Greater Atlanta
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The Billy Keane Foundation is now….The Keane Foundation!

After the passing of Billy’s sister Karen in 2013 after a long battle with Breast Cancer, the foundation has been rebranded “The Keane Foundation” to honor both Billy and Karen, as well as their parents Tom and Joan, who were killed in an auto accident in 2003. The

Foundations mission has also increased to include helping families in the greater Atlanta/Greenville South Carolina areas too!

One of the unique things about The Keane Foundation is its commitment to keep the friends of Karen and Billy (that means you!) connected to one another and to support one another, through at least one annual fund raising event. In 2014, we will have our first “Southern” event in Atlanta (watch the website for updates).

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August 24th – What a nice day to celebrate Billy and Karen with Friends!

August 24th Gathering at Strathmere

August 24th Gathering at Strathmere

Thanks to all that made the trek to Strathmere on Saturday for a beach gathering of Keane Family friends. A nice turnout of roughly 100 people enjoyed the beautiful weather, catching up and re-telling the legend of Billy Keane, and also sharing stories of the strength of Karen Smith. It was great to reconnect with old friends and their families at a location both Karen and Billy loved.

Although the primary purpose of the event was to reconnect with friends, the event was also a reminder that the Billy Keane Foundation is open for business. After a short hiatus in light of Karen’s battle with cancer, we want everyone to know that the foundation is still committed to helping people in their time of need, and keeping the ties between Karen and Billy’s friends and family strong.

During the next few months, you will see updates as the foundation rebrands itself as “The Keane Foundation”, honoring both Billy and Karen. Before the end of the year, a 2014 fund raising event will be announced, along with updates on where the foundation has helped over the past 12 months.

Thanks to all who came on Saturday, and for the many of you who have supported the cause over the past 4 years. We’ve only just begun!

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Save the Date! Saturday June 16, 2012

3rd Annual Billy Keane Foundation Event

5k/1 mile family fun run/walk – Ridley Creek State Park, Area 17, Newtown Square, PA

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A message from Billy Keane’s sister:

On behalf of all of our Board, I wish you all many blessings in the coming year!  We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support this year, and for giving us the opportunity to help so many people.

I was given the task of summarizing our many stories of giving to post on our website.  For the Billy Keane Foundation, we believe it is important that you see the good that is being done with your donations.  I find it interesting that we really don’t have to look very far to reach out to our community.  Every one of the families and individuals that we have helped are either “friends of friends” or family members of someone amongst all of you, our BKF donors.   This organization is really like one big family that is here to show love and support to each other when we need it.  I am honored to be a part of something so special!

When members of the Board are informed by our Gifting Committee that we have helped someone, we all feel this warm sense of fulfillment.  It is a truly amazing feeling!  There truly is more joy in giving, than in receiving!  I hope you all have this same feeling when you read this, Continue reading

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Lisa Forlini – The BKF supports your fight!

Two and a half years ago, Lisa Forlini drew strength from her family and friends during her battle with breast cancer.  Her husband, Jamie, and their three children, Meghan (a sophomore in college), Connor and Ian (both in high school), were beside her while she bravely fought and beat the terrible disease.  Lisa and Jamie returned to their lives of teaching and coaching swimming and diving for Maplewood Swim Club and Centennial Aquatic Club.  The young children that they coach learn from Lisa and Jamie about personal best and sportsmanship at every practice.  They have given so much to the community.

This summer, Lisa was having back pain and was struggling to walk.  After some testing in July, Lisa found that her breast cancer has returned and has metastasized to her bones.  X-rays showed that Lisa has a compressed fracture in her back along with six cracked vertebrae of the spine.   The cancer has made her bones very weak and easily broken.  Lisa will be enduring chemotherapy to treat this cancer.  She is a fighter and she has no intention of letting cancer win this battle!

Due to her injuries, Lisa is confined to the first floor of her home.  The Billy Keane Foundation has provided the Forlini Family with the funds necessary to remodel a powder room on their first floor into a fully functional bathroom for Lisa.  Not only will she will be able to use her handicap-accessible full bathroom with ease and comfort, but more importantly, without the risk of fracturing her very brittle bones.

Thank you for donating to the Billy Keane Foundation!  You have helped to make life a little easier and a great deal safer for Lisa!

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2011 Fundraiser – Night with Joe Conklin – HUGE SUCCESS!!!

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

On behalf of the Billy Keane Foundation, we would like to thank you for making our fund raising event, featuring Joe Conklin, a HUGE success!  We had an amazing turnout . . . standing room only — over 200 people!

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Those that attended, those that donated, those that purchased auction items, and those that simply remembered Billy helped his legacy endure. It was truly a great night for an even greater cause!

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The highlight of the evening was seeing, hugging, and catching up with so many of you, friends and family, all connected somehow through Billy Keane.  We loved being able to share stories about Billy once again, talk about how much we miss him, and in the end, do something amazing for the Philadelphia community.

Through your generosity, we were able to raise close to $50,000! Wow. We are so blown away.  We feel so blessed to have been given these proceeds and to directly help those that need it.

joe conkilinNow we need your help further.  Please help us reach out and make a difference!  As you hear of individuals or families in crisis, please think of the Billy Keane Foundation.  Please fill out a nomination form, or, pass our website along to someone who can complete the nomination form for a person or family who needs our help.

We look forward to posting more stories soon, about how the Billy Keane Foundation has made a difference, because of your generosity!

Joe Conklin Continue reading

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