Chicago, IL – Duncan Keith, Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, and his wife Kelly-Rae have launched a new charity, Keith Relief, dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals suffering from medical crisis in the Chicagoland area.
“I am very pleased to announce the start of my new charity Keith Relief,” said Duncan Keith. “The ability to afford proper medical care is very important to me, and being able to assist others who are not as fortunate is something I hope to provide to as many people as possible in Chicago.”
The Keith’s motivation behind this charity was an extremely costly medical bill from Kelly-Rae’s knee surgery, which amounted to be significantly higher in the US compared to the publicly funded healthcare system in Canada. After learning about the number of families living without health insurance or significant resources, the Canadian couple made it a personal mission to assist those suffering from unplanned medical crises.
“Duncan and I are dedicated to helping those who don’t have access to proper health care. When we learned about the increasing amount of bankruptcies and home foreclosures resulting from high medical expenses and lack of health insurance, we wanted to find a way to make things better for Chicago families in need,” said Kelly-Rae Keith.
Keith Relief has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Proceeds raised through Keith Relief within the first year’s fundraising efforts will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Visit www.ronaldhousechicago.org for more information.
The charity was launched at a red carpet event on Wednesday, October 26th at The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel. Selected as the fourth quarter beneficiary of the Blackstone Chicago Hotel’s “Dollar for Dreams” program, the partnership kicked off with an intimate fund raiser with Chicago’s most notable sports media personalities, members of the Blackhawk team, team sponsors and VIP guests.
Keith Relief would like to thank the following sponsors:
Come back soon to learn how to get tickets to Keith Relief’s first fundraising event! To view a photo gallery of this event please click here.