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12th Annual Kelly Gang St. Patrick's Day Benefit
The Kelly Gang: Mike Kelly, Colleen Kelly, Ed Kelly, Dan Quintero (Executive Director, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club), Ray Kelly, Keith Kelly .  Photo by: for the Kelly Gang
The Kelly Gang: Mike Kelly, Colleen Kelly, Ed Kelly, Dan Quintero (Executive Director, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club), Ray Kelly, Keith Kelly .  Photo by: for the Kelly Gang




March 18, 2016 [New York]  -  The Kelly Gang hosted their 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Benefit, supporting the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, on Wednesday, March 16.  The evening raised over $110,000  a record amount for the event.  The benefit drew nearly 200 guests to Michael's Restaurant in Manhattan.


The benefit, the Kelly Gang's annual fundraiser held each year around St. Patrick's Day with the goal of advancing the group's mission to ?help those who need it most, was a gathering of leaders and influencers in the media and publishing industries.  Proceeds from the event will support the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club as they celebrate 100 years serving New York's neediest children in their Bronx community.  Kips Bay is part of a nationwide movement of community based, autonomous Club organizations that comprise the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  They help youth, ages 6-18 become successful, responsible citizens and leaders.  More than 10,000 children a year come to Kips Bay to be inspired, mentored, tutored, fed and loved.


"Everyone in this room is a Kelly tonight," said Ed Kelly, Co-Founder and President of The Kelly Gang. "It is amazing to see so many supporters  from long time sponsors and former beneficiaries to friends and family.  We could not be happier to bring everyone together tonight to support the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and all they are doing for the youth of the city."


The evening included a live auction featuring two unique experiences including a visit to the set of Fox News Channel's The Kelly File including a meet and greet with host Megyn Kelly; and a lunch with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.  Guests enjoyed a performance by Harpist Erin Hill.

"We are honored and appreciative of being chosen as the Kelly Gang's beneficiary this year," remarked Dan Quintero, Executive Director, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.  "These funds will enable the Kips Bay Boys & and Girls Club to feed, educate and empower disadvantaged youngsters from the Bronx who need this kind of support in a great way!  Kudos to all the Kelly's that made this happen."

The Kelly Gang began in the late 1990's as an impromptu group of media types with the surname Kelly who happened to land a few good jobs. Tragedy struck in 2003 when journalist Michael Kelly, one of the original members, became the first American journalist killed in the Iraq War. On St. Patrick's Day 2004 which would have been Michael's 47th birthday  the Kelly Gang held a benefit to raise money for the Tom & Jack Kelly Education Fund, benefiting Michael's sons. Since then, the St. Patrick's Day Benefit has grown to include hundreds of participants, most of them actually not named Kelly. To date, The Kelly Gang has raised more than $600,000 for causes including: Alzheimer's Association- New York City Chapter,  The Bowery Mission, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, The Kelly Cares Foundation, City Harvest, The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Tuesday's Children, Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, The Doe Fund, The Hunter's Hope Foundation, The Wounded Warrior Project, New Orleans Catholic Charities Crescent House, Operation Helping Hands, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Annie Moore Memorial Project and The Tom and Jack Kelly Education Fund. All of the proceeds go directly to the beneficiaries.


Kelly Gang members in attendance included former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly; New York Post 'Media Ink' columnist Keith Kelly; Good Day New York anchor Greg Kelly; Kelly Gang President Ed Kelly; SVP, Publishing Director of the Hearst Design Group Kate Kelly Smith, and former Weather Channel CEO Mike Kelly.  Additional guests included Cindi Leive, David Pecker, Dave Zinczenko and Tom Moran. Sponsors of the benefit included American Media, Inc., Bankrate, Bonnier Corporation, Bloomberg, Concern Worldwide U.S., Condé Nast, DKC, Meredith, Mutual of America, Profiles, Rubenstein Communications Inc., Time Inc., Tribune Publishing, TRIPTENT, Vice, The Winifred & William O'Reilly Foundation, and 50 Bleu.


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