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Pro Football Hall of Famer shares poignant story of loss, recovery and hope

Pro Football Hall of Famer shares poignant story of loss and hope

3 Anna Maria Salas, from left, Jim Kelly and Julie Oliver at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Anna Maria Lopez-Salas, from left, Jim Kelly and Julie Oliver. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
18 Stephanie Shanks, left, and Elizabeth Vail at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Stephanie Shanks, left, and Elizabeth Vail. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Mary D'Andrea, left, and Cynthia Petrello at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Mary D'Andrea, left, and Cynthia Petrello. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Kathryn and Jeff Smith, left, with Frances Moore Jones at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Kathryn and Jeff Smith, left, with Frances Moore Jones. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Lilly Bella Meiss, from left, Estefania Lopez-Salas and Mia Bhatia at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Lilly Bella Meiss, from left, Estefania Lopez-Salas and Mia Bhatia led the luncheon invocation. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Margaret Reppert, from left, Katherine Murphy and Kimberly Miller at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Margaret Reppert, from left, Katherine Murphy and Kimberly Miller. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Kiki Wilson, left, and Lisa Sherrill at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Kiki Wilson, left, and Lisa Sherrill. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Frances Lovely Alexander, left, and Liz Glanville at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Frances Lovely Alexander, left, and Liz Glanville. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Hilda Curran, left, and Angie Hollaway at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Hilda Curran, left, and Angie Hollaway. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Marion and Jerry Armstrong at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Marion and Jerry Armstrong, honoree. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Christina Sacco, left, and Paula Paine at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Christina Sacco, left, and Paula Paine. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Cheryl Rosenberg, from left, Allison Rosenberg and Richard Rosenberg at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Cheryl Rosenberg, from left, Allison Rosenberg and Richard Rosenberg. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Cathy Frank and Jim Kelly at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Cathy Frank and Jim Kelly. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Allison Andrew, from left, Kathleen Herd and Cheryl Duff at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Allison Andrew, from left, Kathleen Herd and Cheryl Duff. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Chris and Dawn Krieg at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
Chris and Dawn Krieg. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Anna Maria Salas, from left, Jim Kelly and Julie Oliver at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
18 Stephanie Shanks, left, and Elizabeth Vail at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
17 Mary D'Andrea, left, and Cynthia Petrello at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
12 Kathryn and Jeff Smith, left, with Frances Moore Jones at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
14 Lilly Bella Meiss, from left, Estefania Lopez-Salas and Mia Bhatia at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
15 Margaret Reppert, from left, Katherine Murphy and Kimberly Miller at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
13 Kiki Wilson, left, and Lisa Sherrill at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
10 Frances Lovely Alexander, left, and Liz Glanville at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
11 Hilda Curran, left, and Angie Hollaway at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
16 Marion and Jerry Armstrong at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
7 Christina Sacco, left, and Paula Paine at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
5 Cheryl Rosenberg, from left, Allison Rosenberg and Richard Rosenberg at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
4 Cathy Frank and Jim Kelly at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
1 Allison Andrew, from left, Kathleen Herd and Cheryl Duff at the The Center Luncheon February 2015
6 Chris and Dawn Krieg at the The Center Luncheon February 2015

What: The Center's 65th anniversary luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly shared the story of Hunter's Hope Foundation, named for his son who developed Krabbe disease as an infant and died at age 8. Kelly's poignant reflection on Hunter's painful situation and his mission of having newborns across the country tested for all possible diseases earned him a standing ovation.

Even though he is personally dealing with a serious cancer recurrence, Kelly took time to thank many of the 400 guests and to pose with photos. He stayed well past his appointed departure time.

Chaired by Julie Oliver and Anna Maria Lopez-Salas, the event raised $275,000 for the non-profit that offers residential, vocational and day services for adults with developmental disabilities. Honorees were Jerry Armstrong, Jack Manning and the late Jerry Johnston Andrew and Hazel and Earl Pierson.

Who: Supporters included Allison Andrew, Kathleen Herd, Cheryl Duff, Angie Holloway, Elizabeth DeLuca, Amy Miller, Kathy Frank, Dawn and Kris Krieg, Cheryl and Richard Rosenberg, Paula Paine, Frances Lovely Alexander, Liz Glanville and Kathryn and Jeff Smith.