On Saturday, Oct. 2, four years to the day since the passing of 21-year-old Chester resident Danny Mulvey to cancer, the Foundation named in his memory hosted its fourth annual Cornhole Tournament & Family BBQ fund raiser at Sugar Loaf Performing Art Center.
Since Danny’s passing in 2017, the foundation, whose mission is to “serve as a community-based fund for the benefit of the residents of Chester and surrounding communities for educational purposes or to render assistance to those in a time of need,” has raised more than a hundred thousand dollars and has helped families in need as well as giving out scholarships and helping with local educational programs.
“Everyone does golf outings and things like that, but it was actually Alicia’s (Danny’s sister) idea to do a cornhole tournament after seeing how popular it was becoming,” said Daniel Mulvey Sr.
Danny, affectionally known as “little man,” was first diagnosed with cancer in May 2001 when he was just four years old. Every day since the Mulvey family fought to give both Danny and Alicia as normal of lives as possible.
“Danny didn’t let the cancer stop him from being involved, his father said. “He was part of the Chester football team, part of the girl soccer team, he volunteered, he was active in community as much as he could be. He never complained or asked God ‘why me?’”
Once Danny passed, the Mulveys knew it was important to keep his legacy going.
“As Danny’s big sister it was always my job to protect and help him and when Danny passed, I felt lost...” said Alicia Mulvey. “We started this foundation to give back like Danny would want us to and, in a way, it has helped me feel like I am still helping him”
The success of the annual Cornhole Tournament is testament to Danny and the rest of the Mulvey family and their impact on the local community. As they have ever since his diagnoses, the local community came to together to support and honor Danny Mulvey.
Sixty-four teams participated, battling it out until there was one left standing. Some families came to watch, others came to eat, but everyone came for Danny.
It was day of “Faith, Family and Friends,” the same words Danny chose for his challenge coin after his induction in the U.S. Army as an Honorary Solider, one month before his passing.
You made the tournament possible
The Mulvey’ would like to extend a special thank you to the Danny Mulvey Foundation Committee (Battiatios, Catletts, Chiappone, Dudgeon, Marcianio, Mulvey, Murry, Palmer, Wuirke, Wittekind families) who made the tournament possible.