Dolan fund launches cam­paign to in­crease aware­ness

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Eric Devlin

For more than 35 years, the Kelly Anne Dolan Memo­rial Fund has been pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies across the area with chil­dren who are se­ri­ously ill, phys­i­cally or cog­ni­tively chal­lenged or se­verely injured by help­ing them with needs not cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

Since its in­cep­tion, the idea was to raise money and awarenHVV DERuW WKH GLI­fiFulWLHV IDPLlies face not only phys­i­cally and HPRWLRnDlly, EuW DlVR finDnFLDlly. Many par­ents lose their job while try­ing to care for their child in WKH KRVSLWDl, RWKHrV KDYH GLI­fiFulty pay­ing med­i­cal bills and still oth­ers don’t even have enough money to pay for gifts dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The Ambler-based fund has gone on to raise thou­sands of GRl­lDrV WR KHlS figKW WKLV SrRElHP and has re­cently an­nounced a new strat­egy to get young adults in­volved.

The voung Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Memo­rial Fund was es­tab­lished by Peggy Dolan, co­founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the fund, and Chris­tine Bugg, voung Friends co­or­di­na­tor, as a way to en­gage 20- to 40-yearolds and help raise aware­ness DERuW WKH nRnSrR­fiW Ln WKH grHDWHr Philadel­phia area.

The voung Friends will be hold­ing three events in the up­com­ing months all lo­cated in Cen­ter City.

Bugg VDLG WKH firVW wLll EH DW WKH Cen­ter City Macy’s depart­ment store Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of voung Friends will have a ta­ble set up and will sell $5 passes where shop­pers can earn 25 per­cent off on all pur­chases. In­for­ma­tion about the memo­rial fund will also be avail­able.

The voung Friends chose Macy’s be­cause Mar­lee Kat­tler, a fund com­mit­tee mem­ber, works as a man­ager at the store and was able to get in contact with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Macy’s, who she said were happy to be in­volved, Bugg said.

The sec­ond event will be the voung Friends’ launch party. No date has been de­ter­mined as of yet, but Bugg said they plan to hold the event af­ter ev­ery­one has re­turned from sum­mer va­ca­tion. The party will in­tro­duce the YRung FrLHnGV RI­fiFLDlly DnG RIfer in­for­ma­tion about the third event, the black tie mas­quer­ade ball.

The ball will be held Nov. 2 at Stotesbury Man­sion, 1923 Wal­nut St., Philadel­phia, from 9 p.m. to mid­night. Tick­ets will go on sale Sept. 8, and prices start at $75 for pre­orders and are $100 for sales at the door, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the fund.

Bugg said she chose the idea be­cause she and her friends wanted to throw a cos­tume party around Hal­loween but wanted it to be a lit­tle fancier. The black tie event with masks seemed right up their alley, she said.

With food catered by Feas­t­iv­i­ties Cater­ing, full bars on three flRRrV DnG PuVLF SrRYLGHG Ey D-V throughout the build­ing, the night prom­ises a great time.

A preparty will also be held be­fore­hand with door prizes in­cludLng gLIW FHrWL­fiFDWHV WR KDLr VDlRnV, restau­rants, Macy’s and many oth­ers, said Bugg, who called the re­sponse from var­i­ous com­pa­nies mak­ing do­na­tions for the event “kind of amaz­ing.”

The venue is “jaw drop­ping, ” Dolan said, adding she felt like she was step­ping into an­other coun­try based on the set­ting.

The event is be­ing spon­sored by Auto Lenders car deal­er­ship and the Green­berg Trau­rig law firP.

Fi­nally, Bugg said voung Friends is plan­ning to part­ner with the Ron­ald McDon­ald House af­ter the hol­i­days to adopt D IDPLly Ln nHHG DnG Iul­fill D wLVK list. Fur­ther de­tails about the event are to come, she said.

“I feel like the time has come,” Dolan said about try­ing to in­volve the young adult community. She said the fund has done well rais­ing money in the past with younger groups still in grade school and into col­lege, but said that once those groups leave “they xstillz want to be in­volved.”

To learn more about The voung Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Memo­rial Fund, visit WKH RI­fiFLDl FDFHERRN SDgH DW h t t p s : / / www. f a c e b o o k . c o m/ pages/voung-Friends-of-TheKelly-Anne-Dolan-Me­mo­ri­alFund/392441347467760 or contact Bugg at cbugg@dolan­fund. org or 215-643-0763.

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