About the Claddagh Fund

The Claddagh Fund is the charitable foundation of the Dropkick Murphys, founded by Ken Casey in 2009. Honoring the three attributes of the Claddagh Ring, Friendship, Love and Loyalty, the mission of the Claddagh Fund is to raise money for the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in our communities.

Ken, his band mates and their families, have supported charities throughout the history of the band.  Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.

Philadelphia Chapter

In August of 2011, Claddagh Fund and Dropkick Murphys announced the expansion of their charitable foundation to the city of brotherly love. In continuing The Claddagh Fund's mission, the Philadelphia Chapter will seek to assist the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in our local communities.

Claddagh Fund Philadelphia strives to make an impact in our own neighborhoods by means of raising awareness and funds to invest and support those local charities that continually strive to improve the lives of our neighbors, friends and family.

All funds raised through the Philadelphia Chapter will be used to support local charities in our community.

Why Philly?
“My decision to expand to Philadelphia was an easy one. It’s a natural fit. There are so many similarities between Boston and Philly.  They both love their communities, families, and sports teams. Philadelphians are good hardworking people and have always been good to the Dropkick Murphys. We want to do what we can to give back to a community that has been so good to us.”    - Ken Casey

History

The Claddagh Fund was founded in 2009 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.  Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band.  Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.

Benefiting Charities

Utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising, The Claddagh Fund supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world.


Children

Build Jake's Place: The mission of Build Jake’s Place is to construct and operate boundless playgrounds allowing children of all abilities the joy of playing and interacting together.

What is a “Boundless Playground”?

A Boundless Playground is an integrated play area in which all children, those who are able and those with disabilities, can play together, interactively. The objective is to design an area that is barrier free, socially inviting and contains play environment groupings.

StandUp For Kids: The mission of StandUp for Kids is to help homeless and runaway kids who are living on the streets of Philadelphia. The Claddagh Fund assists StandUp for Kids through providing funding and visibility for their cause. The team at StandUp For Kids genuinely embodies the mission of The Claddagh Fund and continues to impress us with their dedicated and selfless desire to assist the kids that they work with.

Peter's Place: Peter's Place was founded on the belief that every child, teen, and adult deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.

With only a small paid staff, Peter's Place depends on the commitment of volunteers. Our volunteers come to us for many reasons. Many have experienced a death themselves and want to share their understanding of the healing process.

Marine Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

 

Mother's Home: “As a residential shelter, Mothers’ Home provides a safe haven for vulnerable, pregnant women in a crisis who choose life as a sacred gift.”

Located in Darby, Pennsylvania, Mothers’ Home is a safe-haven for pregnant women and their children.

Mothers’ Home provides hope for up to 22 young adult women struggling to give birth in spite of rejection and abandonment. Mothers’ Home is an opportunity for empowerment as the expectant mothers receive counseling, childbirth and parenting classes, job preparation programs, assistance in finding independent housing, and much more. Each year, approximately 40 new mothers come to live at Mothers’ Home.

Veterans

Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center: The PVMSEC is dedicated to the Veterans of this great nation who come to our threshold seeking aid and assistance.

The mission is to provide employment, training, and related educational services to all honorably discharged Veterans. Also, to provide social and human services counseling and referrals to less fortunate Veterans experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society

Hope for the Warriors: The mission of Hope for the Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Limen House: Their mission is to offer a threshold to recovery and break the cycle of addiction in service to our community by helping alcoholics and addicts reenter society as fully functioning and productive members. From its' inception, the Limen House philosophy has been to provide a temporary home for those with no place to live. There the recovering residents learns to change their life and help themselves in an atmosphere of compassion and loving concern. They learn to be responsible for their own choices. The aim is truly restoration - a new life restored to the community.


Partnering Charities
The Claddagh Fund partner’s up with these fantastic organizations at least once a year. They are DEAR friends of ours and we look out for each other!

#HartnelDown Foundation: NHL All-Star Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers founded #HartnellDown Foundation as a way to provide support to charities that support hockey, children and communities around the US and Canada.

It was game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks when the Twitter hashtag #HartnellDown was born. Long-time Flyers fan Seth Hastings had seen Scott Hartnell fall to the ice just one too many times and decided to keep track of the falls on Twitter.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Next season, I’m going to have to keep track of how many times this guy falls,’ ” Hastings says. “It’s as simple as that. It really just began with a cult following on Twitter, but slowly it started getting bigger and bigger as last season wore on.”

But it wasn’t until mid-November of the 2011-2012 season that #HartnellDown took on a life of its own, when Hartnell joined Twitter. Rather than take offense, the fun-loving @Hartsy19 chose to embrace the new catch phrase. Within days, he made his first tweet containing the hashtag.

Through #HartnellDown, Hartnell will provide between five and ten all-expenses paid scholarships for disadvantaged Philadelphia youths to attend the highly respected Minnesota Hockey Camp this summer.

Charity is nothing new to Hartnell, the youngest of four siblings and the son of school teachers. He is one of the more generous Flyers when it comes to donating his time to visit sick children along with other team functions. He was also named the Chairman of the Beard for the NHLPA’s annual Beard-A-Thon, which encourages fans to collect pledges for growing facial hair during the playoffs. Money raised by the Beard-A-Thon goes to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a cause near-and-dear to Hartnell’s heart after his mom suffered a stroke during his rookie season.

The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation: The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation is setting out to accomplish exactly what it’s name implies—to help heal the hearts of families across the Delaware Valley whose hearts have been broken by the sudden illness or loss of a loved one.


While they recognize that they cannot provide a cure or change a tragic outcome, The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation sets out to provide support and to help ease the immediate financial burden that results from such tragic situations. Their financial support can allow a parent to skip work to stay at the hospital with their child, or allow a spouse who has lost their partner to stay home with their children to begin the healing process.

Their hope is to grow the foundation to the have the ability to be the first responders to families who are in desperate need of immediate financial help. Not only do they plan to support the families of every police officer and fireman who loses their life in the line of duty, but also everyday families who are suffering through a tragedy.

Programs

Electric Factory: The Electric Factory, one of the nation's leading indoor music venues, tops the charts in Philadelphia as the city's most celebrated location for live music. For over 40 years Electric Factory has been a fan favorite for an array of musical tastes as it hosts the top names in entertainment from all musical genres. The General Manager of the Electric Factory, Michael McNally, is a Claddagh Fund board member, as is Bryan Dilworth, a promoter for the Electric Factory.

Hometown Heroes: The Claddagh Fund’s origins are rooted in our desire to assist our neighbors in a grassroots manner. In keeping with this, the Claddagh Fund utilizes our ability to honor our service driven mission through our Hometown Heroes Program. Members of the Claddagh Fund organization share their expertise and assistance with our neighbors who find themselves in emergent situations through volunteers, logistical assistance and support.

 

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Corporate Sponsor

The Claddagh Fund is proud of and very thankful for their support.

James J. Duffy Inc.

Board of Directors

Ken Casey, President & Founder
Dropkick Murphys

Ferd Boisvert
Duane Morris

Michael Bradley
Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade

John Brazer
Director, Publicity, Philadelphia Phillies

Kathy McGee Burns
Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Observance Assoc.

Bob Coyle,
Organizer, AFSCME District Council 47

Bryan Dilworth
Promoter, Electric Factory

Chris Duffy
James J Duffy, Inc.

The Honorable Patrick Dugan

Gregory J. Dupée, AWM
RBC Wealth Management

Brian Gale
Fox Group

Barry Hanrahan
Asst. General Manager, Philadelphia Flyers

Kendra Kirk
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.

Brian Mahoney,
Phillies Director of Advertising Sales

Eddy McLaughlin
The Whyos

Michael McNally
General Manager, Electric Factory

Al Morganti
NHL Game Analyst, Comcast SportsNet
Radio Personality, 94WIP SPORTSRADIO

Dan Rudley
Digital Sales Manager, Comcast SportsNet

Shawn Tilger
Senior VP of Business Operations, Philadelphia Flyers


Kate McCloud, Director, Philadelphia

1 (267) 644-8095
Christine McMahon, Executive Director

1 (617) 270-8640