Jim Kelly presents checks to local charities
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BLASDELL, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly signed a big check Tuesday and divided it up to more than 30 local charities.
A record $229,000 was given away at the 6th annual Kelly for Kids luncheon in Blasdell.
The charity's founder, Jim Kelly, presented a check to local organizations that help kids.
Among the recipients, the Depew-Lancaster Boys and Girls Club which was recently damaged by a fire.
"We didn't salvage any of our sporting equipment so this is going to be huge for the kids," said Dave Lewandowski of the Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club. "It will help us get a place in order and get some new equipment going."
"It's something when you listen to them and hear what $2,500, $10,000 means to their charity. That makes your heart feel good and you know you're doing the right thing," Kelly said.
In it's 26th year, the Kelly for Kids Foundation has donated nearly $5-million to local charities.
This year's recipients include:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention –WNY Chapter
Anthony F. Martino Memorial Scholarship Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club – Depew-Lancaster
Boys and Girls Club – Northtowns
Camp Good Days
Child & Adolescent Treatment Services
Community Action of Orleans & Genesee
Cradle Beach Camp, Inc.
ECMC Lifeline Foundation
Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, Inc. (FLARE)
Horizon Health Services
Hunter’s Hope Foundation
Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Kids Escaping Drugs
Mary Cariola Children’s Center
Ride to Recovery
Rivendell Recreation Center
Rural Outreach Center
Summit Educational Services
The Michael Napoleone Memorail Foundation
University District C.D.A, Inc.
Urban Christian Ministries
YMCA Buffalo/Niagara – Northeast Family Branch