“Have a Heart” Fundraiser for Bill Nolen – UPDATE 11-2-2013

Bill Nolen, his wife Bernadette with niece Haley and nephew Ian.

Our hearts are broken, for anyone here unaware, my brother in law Bill lost his Battle on October 31st. Heaven gained yet another angel. We ask for your prayer’s for God’s grace for my sister and his family during this time.


 Thank you all for your love and support.

The Rose Beyond The Wall

A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall…

One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted – the rose blooms there-
its beauty even greater now, nurtured by
God’s own loving care.


A few years back my sister and her wonderful husband Bill extended an invitation to me and my children to go to Disney and enjoy some down time at their timeshare.  We had never been to Disney before so the opportunity was a very pleasant surprise and since they are HUGE Disney fans and the perfect tour guides (especially Bill) we felt we had hit the lottery.

It’s hard to believe that three years have passed and the young boy, my son Ian, in the photo next to my sister is now six feet tall (and still growing) It is also hard to believe that my brother-in-law, who would do anything for anybody would be where he is now.

The man who guided us through Disney with the accuracy of an engineer and speed of a freight train, is now on the heart transplant list awaiting a new heart.

When people say a person has “A HEART OF GOLD” we all visualize this in a literal sense. No doubt the heart of a person is truly their soul, something Bill will not lose in all of this.  He will maintain the wonderful kindness that he has always had but this time it’s our turn to take care of him.

This is the epitome of what I speak about here on fridaynightfamily.  It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide a way for Bill to know that we are here to help each other, whether we are flesh and blood or not.

Please join us by attending a fund raiser on his behalf, June 30th from 7-11 p.m at P.Y.O. 3301 Mechanicsville Road at Dunksferry Road Philadelphia, PA 19154.

If you cannot attend please consider buying some raffle tickets for the beautiful baskets below and/or the 50/50.  You can do this by contacting April Lydon@267-304-2225 Cash or check only. You must be 21 to attend this fundraiser.

Thank you

The following baskets are up for raffle. Check back frequently for updates on new baskets and donations that will be raffled off!

BASKET #1 “Healthy Summer Harvest Soup and Salad Basket”. This basket stands two feet tall! It’s base is a large restaurant quality stainless bowl filled with summer harvest soup bowls and salad plates, towels, spices, gourmet olive oil, various knives, hardwood cutting board, bar mops,Kitchen shears, salad spinner, spatula’s, bamboo tools, equivalents magnet, glass juicer, dish soap, dressing bottle and vegetable peeler. Winner will be prepared to host a Summer Garden Harvest Party!

Basket#2“Pizza on the Barbeque” anyone? This basket contains a pizza stone for the grill (set), pot holders and towels as well as burger baskets and catsup and mustard bottles. Winner can host a summer pizza party barbecue!

Basket #3 “Summer Nights Chillin’ with the Family” Basket. Contains 8 minute popsicle maker, popcorn bowl with popcorn, Take a Chill Pill ice cube tray, chocolate and vanilla marshmallows with telescoping forks for roasting, barbeque spices, mosquito repellent, Tropical drink cozies and for the kiddies, rocket ballons and smiley face punching balloons. This basket is paired up with a firepot and gel (shown in another shot) for enjoying summer nights with the family…as it should be!

Basket #4“Summer Harvest Appetizer Basket” contains towels, cool oven mitts, Bread knife and meat carving knife, 12 appetizer plates in their own racks for display, measuring cup, stainless steel whisk, hardwood bread cutting board, counter cleaner, vinegar bottle and cheese grater. Winner will be ready for an impromptu gathering with friends and family!

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New Basket updates June 18, 2012

Basket #5Neutral Baby basket – 2 short sleeved onesies (size 3-6 mos.), 5 bibs, 2 burp cloths, photo album

Basket #6Girl Baby basket – 2 long sleeved onesies (size 3-6 mos.), 5 bibs, 2 burp cloths, photo album

Basket #7Boy Baby basket – 2 long sleeved onesies (one size 3-6 mos., one size 0-3 mos.), 5 bibs, 2 burp cloths, photo album

Basket #8Action Karate Bag – Action Karate tote bag, Black Belt Parenting book, gift certificate for 1/2 off a private lesson, certificate for $100 off a birthday party

Basket #9 Red Robin Basket – 2-AMC movie ticket vouchers, 2-Red Robin glasses, 1- large red Red Robin t-shirt, Congratulations letter redeemable at Neshaminy location for $25 gift certificate

Basket #10Red Robin Basket – 2-AMC movie ticket vouchers, 2-Red Robin glasses, 1- large blue Red Robin t-shirt, Congratulations letter redeemable at Neshaminy location for $25 gift certificate

Basket #11Family fun Stay-cation Basket – Twister, Marvel Comics Guess Who?, Spongebob kite, bubbles, S’mores grill, Outdoor tool kit, sunscreen, bug repellent, The Rum Diaries, Tower Heist, 2-Grill Mates seasonings, water balloons, soda freeze pops, marshmallows, chocolate, 2-bags of wine.

Basket #12Perfume Basket – 1 full-sized bottle of each: Coco Chanel, Chanel No. 5, Obsession, Ferragamo, Viva La Juicy, Versace, Angel hand cream, all in a Vera Wang box.

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7 Responses to “Have a Heart” Fundraiser for Bill Nolen – UPDATE 11-2-2013

  1. Chrissy White says:

    Aunt Kath, these look AWESOME!! I will be taking pictures of some more baskets that I have here when I get back this weekend. I’ll send you a message as to what is in each and send some pics. We’re also going to have a night where we put a bunch more together with all of the other cool stuff that we got…and there are some AWESOME things! LOVE YA!!

  2. What a wonderful way to give those who don’t know personally know Bill, a glimpse of the man behind the Fundraiser. The baskets were obviously made with loving hands, they are incredible!

  3. Kathy, this is such a wonderful way to introduce Bill to the man behind the fundraiser. The baskets were obviously made with a lot of love, they are incredible!

  4. Kay Drake says:

    Is it too late to buy raffle tickets.

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