Dolan fund launches campaign to increase awareness
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.
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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.
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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.