Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund

Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund

"In a good way"

Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund

“No matter how buried it gets, or lost you feel, you must promise me, that you will hold on to hope and keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that.” -Spiderman

It's been a difficult time since we lost our amazing Cullen on May 22, 2015.  A random cycle of hurt, heal, rage, reflect, rinse and repeat.  We immediately committed to everything we could think of to honor the memory of Cullen.  We wanted desperately to continue a beautiful conversation so abruptly ended.   This, of course wasn’t sustainable.  We couldn't possibly do everything we wanted to in memory of our son, or at least do those things well.  It's been an arduous journey.  Along the way we found some amazing people, some acting in honor of their loved ones and doing beautiful things.  We take inspiration from other organizations like Tiffany's Gift, and The keli May Foundation for honoring and memorializing their children in similar ways. 

The Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund (a.k.a., Cullen's Claddagh) is established by the Connolly family with a mission to nurture hope and to be greater than what we've suffered.  Our goal is to honor Cullen by helping other established organizations and individuals through the following:

  • Academic Scholarships.
  • Claddagh Recognition Awards.
  • Pay It Forward.
  • Cullen's Claddagh Merchandise.
  • Music Festivals.
  • Silent Auctions.
  • More...

Hope Through Endeavour

When we remember Cullen, it's not difficult to speculate how he would like us to honor him in actionable ways.  He was an empathetic young man who started so many conversations out the blue with "I feel bad for..."  His empathy, despite his own confinement to a wheelchair, was nothing short of amazing and truly humbling to be witness to.  The Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund and Cullen's Claddagh proudly supports a wide range and ever changing list of causes, interests, and events, rightfully near and dear to Cullen's heart.

Recent Ventures

The Cullen Connolly family has been offering scholarship awards since 2016.  The Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund will continue to offer these scholarships to deserving students entering a career in a service related field.  Additionally, our foundation supports various organizations who have been so present throughout Cullen's life.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the children's hospitals in both Minnesota and Phoenix Arizona are three of the most recent organizations.  We will continue to add to this list moving forward as there is no shortage of existing charitable hearts doing great things.

Contact Us

Cullen Connolly Memorial Fund
18521 E Queen Creek Rd. #105
Queen Creek AZ, USA 85142



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