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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
In 2019, The Kelly Gang is celebrating 15 years of giving back to charities in need.
On March 12, 2019, we will gather at Michael's Restaurant in midtown Manhattan to support Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS), a Catholic, co-ed, college prep school, which offers students from low-income families an affordable, college prep education and real life work experience. The unique Corporate Work Study Program enables students to finance 40% of their education by working one day each week in entry-level clerical positions at a top flight firm in NYC--learning firsthand the values of hard work, responsibility and ambition.
OUR 2019 CHARITY
Founded in 2004 in East Harlem, CRNYHS serves 369 students of all faiths, in grades 9-12, who have demonstrated the potential and motivation to achieve success and don't have the educational background or financial means to attend another private, college-prep school.
The tuition of $2000 has never been increased.
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 fourteen years, the Kelly Gang has raised more than $900,000 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, 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.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Al and Peggy Kelly
Joanna Geraghty and Chris Kelly
Mike and Martha Kelly
Janet and Ed Kelly
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
Jim Kelly, Editor At Large, Vanity Fair
Megyn Kelly, TV Jounalist/Author
Joanna Geraghty, President & COO, JetBlue
Kate Kelly Smith, Senior Vice President, Hearst Design Group
Kirk Kelly, Musician
Mary Pat Kelly, Novelist and Filmmaker
Kelli Delaney, Editor, KD Hamptons
Mikey Kelly, CEO, Kelly Fogelman Group