The Eddie McGowan Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting persons with developmental and neurological disabilities.

The foundation is named in honor of Eddie McGowan who lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in February of 2018. Eddie was well known for giving back to his community with funds raised through local events. This organization is dedicated to continue his legacy by hosting community events such as music festivals, golf tournaments, running races, and more. Funds raised through these activities will be donated to organizations that supported Eddie through his illness and that continue to support patients with similar disabilities.

ALS Assocation
Packard Center
Hospice of the Chesapeake
Bello Machre

Thanks to generous community support, the Foundation was able to make the following gifts:

2018

$5,000 to the ALS Association, MD/DC/VA Chapter
$5,000 to Hospice of the Chesapeake

2019

$4,240.84 to the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
$3,000 to the ALS Association, MD/DC/VA Chapter
$3,000 to Bello Machre
$3,000 to Hospice of the Chesapeake
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Previous Events

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2nd Annual Golf Tournament

October 7, 2019

13th Annual Fiesta 5K for ALS Research

May 4, 2019

BES Bracelet Fundraiser

Spring 2019

O’Loughlin’s Happy Hour

March 14, 2019

1st Annual Golf Tournament

October 8, 2018

Upcoming Events

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Happy Hour

Date TBD

We are in the process of planning the next event, which will be a happy hour next March in honor of Eddie McGowan Day. Stay tuned for more details.

Eddie loved people and they loved him.

Edward L. McGowan (“Eddie”) was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 7, 1969 to parents, (Captain) Clyde and Brenda McGowan with whom he maintained a wonderful friendship throughout his life. Eddie was full of adventure from the beginning and a waterman at heart.

Family First

Eddie's top priority in life was his family, including his wife Tracy and three beautiful children. He traveled with their sports teams and attended as many of their school and sporting events as he could.

The Music

Eddie loved hard rock music from the 80’s. He taught himself how to play guitar in middle school. From then on, Eddie and his guitar entertained many with countless, spontaneous fun times at home, on the beach, on the boat, on stage, and really anywhere he went.

Eddie formed an Irish rock band (the “Rovers”, later, “Dublin 5”), learned to play the bagpipes and traveled both locally and nationally to play in pubs and at Irish festivals. Eddie founded the Annapolis Irish Festival in 2011. Through this annual event, he was able to combine what he loved most: great times with family and friends, energetic music, unlimited beer, and the good feeling of being able to contribute significantly to local charities.

Life of the Party

Eddie attended Towson University and joined the SAE Fraternity, then transferred to and graduated from Georgia Southern University. At both schools, he had an active sports and social life. He later enjoyed organizing events and parties as well, including a yearly summer bash at his home and the Annapolis Santa Speedo run. This near naked sprint through downtown Annapolis in December is classic Eddie with its crazy costumes and endless laughs for everyone involved. It has also generated thousands of Christmas toys for needy children through the years.

On February 5, 2018, he lost his nearly four-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). His energy, humor, generosity, love and friendship will be deeply missed by the multitude of people who have been lucky to know him.

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