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Warm Up at Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund's Wine in Winter

The Ticket, Montgomery News, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

by Frank Quattrone

Ticket to Dining: Humpty's Dumplings Helps Roll the Dough for Wine in Winter

The Ticket, Montgomery News, Sunday, December 29, 2013

by Frank Quattrone

Peggy Dolan, Helping Families With Seriously Ill Children

CBSPhilly.com, April 22, 2013

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060

Local Fund Hosts Free Cruise for Group of Sick Children and Their Families

CBSPhilly.com, April 21, 2013

Reported by Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio 1060

Managing Finances During a Crisis: The Impact of Serious Illness in Children

Child Health Talk, Spring/Summer 2013

by Peggy Dolan

Frank-ly Speaking: Wine in Winter & Wing Lee

The Ticket, Montgomery News, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

by Frank Quattrone

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Wine in Winter Event

Abington Patch, February 3, 2013

Lower Gwynedd-Ambler-Whitpain Patch, February 3, 2013

by Kristen McMaster and Brittany Tressler

Black-Tie Masquerade

Philly Involved, November 15, 2012

Black Tie Masquerade Ball: The Young Friends of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Get Mysterious for a Good Cause

The Philly Post, November 5, 2012

by HughE Dillon

Out and About: The Black Tie Masquerade Ball at Stotesbury Mansion

philly.com, November 4, 2012

by Alfred For

Ambler-Based Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Thanks Supporters at Annual Awards Dinner

Montgomery News, October 12, 2012

by Thomas Celona

Frank-ly Speaking: A Night for Humility

The Ticket, Montgomery News, October 11, 2012

by Frank Quattrone

Dolan Memorial Fund Helps Families With Ill Children

The Mercury, October 9, 2012

By Fran Maye

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Appoints New Members

Haverford-Havertown Patch, September 17, 2012

By Lane Blackmer

Ambler's Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Launches Young Friends Campaign to Increase Awareness

Montgomery News, August 3, 2012

By Eric Devlin

AMOREPhosis: Finally, a Savvy "Housewives" Spinoff
Life After Death: an Interview with Peggy Dolan

MAINLINE Magazine, August 2012, and BUCKS LIFE Magazine, August 2012

By Avery Green

CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi Interviews Peggy Dolan About KADMF's Efforts to Help Families Avoid a Heat-Related Crisis

CBS3, July 18, 2012

By Pat Ciarrocchi

6abc Health Check: Non-profit Helps Families with Heat

6abc, July 17, 2012

By Ali Gorman

Make a Difference with AMOREphosis Jewelry

Philadelphia Weekly, April 11, 2012

by Michelle Mass

CBS3 Covers Tamanend Middle School's Basketball Shootout

CBS3, February 26, 2012

Frostbite Race Heats Up Running Season

February 18, 2012

by Amanda Piccirilli

6ABC Covers Wine in Winter

WPVI, February 12, 2012

5th Annual "Wine in Winter" Benefiting Families with Seriously Ill Children

Montgomery County Women's Journal, December 2011/January 2012

by Peggy Dolan

A 'Housewives' Jewelry Line Worth Trying

People StyleWatch, January 31, 2012

To Do: Fireside Frostbite 5-Miler

Philadelphia Magazine, January 13, 2012

by Julianne Mele

Wine in Winter Adds Arbor of Help and Hope to Warm the Heart

Montgomery News, December 28, 2011

By Kaitlyn Linsner

2011 Holiday Gift Guide, #24

TrendLuxury.com, December 12, 2011

Phillies Deliver Holiday Gifts

MLB.com, December 8, 2011

6ABC Covers Holiday-Adopt-a-Family Program

WPVI, December 7, 2011 (Segment 1) (Segment 2)

NBC10 Covers Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program

WCAU, December 7, 2011

Phils To Donate Gifts for Area Families in Need

Philly.com, December 5, 2011

Survival Tips for ParentsDealing With Life When the News Isn't Good

About Families PA, Page 19, December 1, 2011

Ambler Non-Profit Marks 35 Years Of Caring For Families With Sick Children

CBS Philly.com, October 22, 2011

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

Pitching In to Help Families With Ailing Kids

Philadelphia Inquirer, October 19, 2011

By Karen Heller

Parents Start Memorial Fund After Death of Daughter

Connellsville Daily Courier, October 18, 2011

By Sonia Whalen Miller

Ambler Nonprofit to Celebrate 35th Anniversary

Montgomery Media, October 11, 2011
Also appeared in The Reporter, October 16, 2011, and Times Herald, October 18, 2011

By Thomas Celona

Kelly Anne Dolan Fund Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Lower Gwynedd-Ambler-Whitpain Patch, October 5, 2011

By Billie Bakhshi

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Offers Tips for Families

Parents Express, October 1, 2011

Looking Back and Lifting Up Parents With Seriously Ill Children

Montgomery Country Women's Journal, October/November 2011

By Peggy Dolan

Bravo for Dolan

Philadelphia Daily News, September 21, 2011

By Dan Gross

Families Struggling With a Medical Diagnosis Have a Place to Turn

The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund helps Families Struggling with a Child in Medical Crisis

Lower Gwynedd-Ambler-Whitpain Patch, September 14, 2011

By Billie Bakhshi
Ambler Group Helps Provide Air Conditioners For Sick Children

CBSPhilly.com, August 11, 2011

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio 1060

2011 MassMutual Award: Partners With a Purpose

A Local Partnership Between a Business and a Nonprofit That Is Making a Difference for Families and Children

Philadelphia Business Journal, July 22-29, 2011

Middle School Students Welcome a Hero

Founder of Nonprofit Responds to Letters from Long Branch Students

Atlanticville, a Greater Media Newspaper, March 31, 2011

By Kenny Walter

Peggy Dolan, People Magazine's "Hero Among Us," Visits Long Branch Middle School

The LINK News, March 31 through April 6, 2011

Peggy Dolan is a very special person. She embodies all the qualities of character education. Compassion, empathy, perseverance, the will and desire to help is what everyone should strive for. If you want to feel like you have a lot, all you have to do is give a little. That’s what Peggy Dolan does.

Through true adversity, she saw a need, a gap, where she knew things could be made better. Her daughter was diagnosed with Lymphoma. She spent many nights in the hospital with her dying daughter. She saw how many children were forced to spend nights alone because their parents either couldn’t afford overnight parking, or were unable to take off from work because of desperately needing the money to pay the increasing medical bills. Even though she was facing tough times herself, she stepped up and tried to fill that hole with service to others. She started the Kelly Anne Dolan foundation after her daughter died. Peggy has given joy, assistance, hugs, and love to many in need.

The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was established in 1976 as a non-medical resource center that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families caring for terminally, critically, and chronically ill, severely disabled, or seriously injured children. The Fund assists families living or receiving care for their children in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The Fund has assisted more than 18,000 families in 34 years of operation.

Students in the SCT Academy at the Long Branch Middle School read about Peggy’s journey in a People Magazine article. The students in Miss Candice Bidner’s class were so touched and moved by what Peggy does, that they wrote her letters of thanks and encouragement. Peggy was so touched by those letters that she called the school and asked to come to speak to the students. With her she brought Abigail Sandler and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, who were both instrumental in bringing her story to light and helping her become one of People Magazine’s “Hero Among Us.”

Abigail Sandler is an advocate for severely disabled people. After her sister Aimee, also severely disabled, passed away, she created Aimee’s Bulletin. It was a state-issued statement meant to clarify how Pennsylvania laws affect decision-making for group home residents near death who can’t make choices. Abigail Sandler and Peggy Dolan met at a fundraiser and Abigail forwarded her story along to People Magazine. Sandra Sobieraj Westfall was the People Magazine reporter who covered Peggy’s story.

All three came to the Middle School to discuss not only service, but to show how people are all connected. The empathy and compassion people feel for each other forms connections. Those connections, those links to people, are what inspire service to the community. The intention of the assembly was to show how the cycle of giving can spread.

The women definitely achieved their goal. Several people expressed, with tears in their eye, how the assembly impacted them.

Mrs. Megan Mazza, a seventh grade teacher, said, “Peggy Dolan’s speech was so touching that I had to walk out of the room for a minute to regroup.”

The assembly that involved Peggy Dolan grasped the audience’s attention, especially her video and story. “I’ve never seen our school so quiet and intently focused on her inspirational message,” said Gabrielle DeSouza, a seventh grade National Junior Honor Society and Honors Choir student.

Yazmin Belhadj, a seventh grade student, said, “It was so touching I was tearing up. I feel like I should give back. Peggy is such an inspiration.”

“She was an inspirational person. What she’s doing is good for families,” Alex Marmol, an eighth grade student, said.

“Peggy’s story made me realize how important it is to give back to the community,” National Junior Honor Society member Amanda Farnsworth said.

“Peggy started a ripple effect that will cause other people to do good as well,” said student Henry Torres.

“It was an awesome experience having Mrs. Dolan come to our school. From her we’ve learned what it truly means to give back and help others who are less fortunate than us,” stated seventh grade student Hannah Reeves.

Seventh grade teacher, Candice Bidner agreed, saying, “Service is such an integral component of not only being a good human being. I was touched and honored to have her here and thankful that I got to witness and share in her story. She makes me want to be a better person. I think she made the kids feel that way too.”

For more information on Peggy Dolan and the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation please visit dolanfund.org, call 215-643-0763 or write PO Box 556, Ambler, PA 19002.

(©MMXI, The LINK News. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)

Fourth Annual Wine in Winter Offers Great Food and Drink for a Great Cause

Ambler Gazette, Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By Thomas Celona

Arcadia U. to Host ‘Extraordinary Measures’ Program

Ambler Gazette, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

By Jesse Reilly

Ambler Foundation Gains National Recognition

Ambler Gazette, Wednesday, June 23, 2010

By Thomas Celona

A Mom Pays Bills for Sick Children

People, June 21, 2010

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Dolan Fund Celebrates Wine in Winter

Ambler Gazette, Friday, February 12, 2010

By Thomas Celona

The Region’s Best Food and Drink Come Together for a Great Cause

Ambler Gazette, Friday, January 29, 2010

By Thomas Celona
Phil's 5K Sees Record Turnout

Ambler Gazette, Tuesday, July 21, 2009

By Thomas Celona

Brotherly Love: Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

CBS3, May 1, 2009

Reported by Dave Huddleston