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