2020 Benefit Update:
Despite the unprecedented challenges we faced as a community and organization, we are thrilled to share that the generous contributions from our sponsors and friends raised $65,000 for our beneficiary, ENDSEPSIS: The Legacy Of Rory Staunton. THANK YOU!!
As we look ahead, we have decided to push the pause button in 2021 and position ourselves for a return in 2022. Our St. Patrick's Day celebration allows us to come together to celebrate good citizenship and remind us that we are part of a powerful community. We look forward to the next time we can gather to raise funds for those who need it most.
Stay safe and well.
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WHAT IS THE KELLY GANG?
The Kelly Gang is a celebration of friendship and gratitude. We began as a Christmas holiday lunch in 2000, when Keith Kelly of the New York Post and Ed Kelly of American Express Publishing invited a few other Kellys, including Tom Kelly, the novelist and TV writer, Mike Kelly, the publisher of Entertainment Weekly, and Jim Kelly, the managing editor of Time Magazine, to join them for a meal at The Four Seasons restaurant.
They still get together in December for a holiday lunch, and others have joined in: Ray Kelly, the long-serving New York City police commissioner, Kate Kelly Smith, a senior vice-president of Hearst Corp., Mary Pat Kelly, a novelist and filmmaker, Kevin Kelly, a partner at Lutz and Carr, and Kirk Kelly, a musician. Spying the group at lunch one day at Langan's Pub, Steve Dunleavy, a columnist for the New York Post, dubbed the group "The Kelly Gang," and the name stuck.
Michael Kelly, the longtime editor of Atlantic Monthly, was an early member, and when he died in 2003 covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq the Kelly Gang honored his memory by holding a benefit to help pay for the education of Michael's two young sons, Tom and Jack. And so began the Kelly Gang's charitable work, which is largely funded by a dinner at the restaurant Michael's on or around St. Patrick's Day's
Our efforts in 2020 raised $65,000 to support the ENDSEPSIS: The Legacy of Rory Staunton, a national organization established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from Sepsis in 2012. Sepsis is the body's extreme reaction to infection and kills more than 270,000 Americans every year.
The Foundation developed and implemented mandatory sepsis protocols in New York State which insure rapid diagnosis and treatment, saving thousands of lives each year. In addition, the Foundation works to increase understanding of the dangers and signs of sepsis through its education and awareness programs targeting school children and families and in 2019 launched a new campaign to combat maternal sepsis, a leading cause of maternal death.
OUR 2020 CHARITY
WHAT THE KELLY GANG DOES
Every year, the members of the board select a group that is lending a helping hand to those in need. Sometimes, the organization is dealing with a sudden emergency, like Catholic Relief Services in Haiti or the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund. Other times, the group is long-established but whose work is more important than ever, such as the Bowery Mission, which serves the hungry and homeless in New York.
We have no administrative staff and so we have no overhead. We have received invaluable support from Rubenstein Public Relations Inc., from Michael McCarty and Steve Millington at Michael's Restaurant, and from the volunteers who make up our Board. This allows us to give more to the people who need it the most.
Over fifteen years, the Kelly Gang has raised more than $1MILLION for more than a dozen charities, including the family of late editor and columnist Michael Kelly, The Kelly Cares Foundation, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, City Harvest, Cristo Rey New York High School, The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Tuesday's Children, 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, Alzheimers's Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc. Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, Concern WorldWide and Wholesome Wave.
Their work has been featured by The New York Times, Today Show and People. Through their ongoing efforts to spare others the tragedy their own family endured, the Stauntons honor their son's short life and the lives of all those lost to sepsis.
The Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Al and Peggy Kelly
Janet and Ed Kelly
Mike and Martha Kelly
Rory Staunton Foundation
Board of Directors
Ray Kelly, CEO Guardian Group and former NYPD Commissioner
Ed Kelly, Former CEO, American Express Publishing
Keith Kelly, Media Ink Columnist, NY Post
Mike Kelly, CEO, Kelly Newman Ventures
Kevin Kelly, CPA, Partner Lutz & Carr
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Kelly, Founder/CEO,
The Points Guy
Colleen Kelly, CEO,
Concern Worldwide US
Erin Kelly, Director, Political Ad Sales, Fox News
Megyn Kelly, TV TV Jounalist/Author
Joanna Geraghty, President & COO, JetBlue
Greg Kelly, Host, "The Greg Kelly Report" Newsmax TV
Kate Kelly Smith, Executive VP, Sandow Media
Kirk Kelly, Musician
Mary Pat Kelly, Novelist and Filmmaker
Kelli Delaney, Editor, KD Hamptons
Mikey Kelly, CEO, Kelly Fogelman Group
Jim Kelly, Book Editor, Air Mail