Oct 27, 2011

Official Launch Of Keith Relief

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.

Oct 20, 2011

Duncan Keith Commercial: One Goal

The Chicago Blackhawks released their “One Goal” commercial series, which features commercials from Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, and Joel Quenneville. Watch Duncan’s commercial below:

Interested in how Duncan trains?  Check out the training section of the website here.

To view more Duncan Keith videos check out the video page.

Oct 20, 2011

Keith Relief Announces First Event

Keith Relief is proud to announce the inaugural “Game Face” Fund Raising Event and Benefit Concert on March 14th, 2012. Check back shortly for more details and ticket information.

     

Keith Relief is honored to be selected as the fourth quarter beneficiary of the Blackstone Chicago Hotel’s Dollars for Dreams program.

Oct 18, 2011

The Duncan Files

Get an inside look at Duncan Keith from Red Eye Chicago‘s feature, The Duncan Files. (View Larger Version).

Oct 07, 2011

Duncan Keith: The hurt blocker

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He is a true warrior.

Missing teeth, broken fingers, even the flu can’t keep Duncan Keith from lacing up his skates.

The 28-year-old Blackhawks defenseman seems invincible.

Who else could withstand a puck to the mouth, knocking out seven teeth? Unfazed by the cringeworthy injury, he showed no pain as he helped his team hoist the Stanley Cup in 2010.

“I’d do it all over again, if I could, to win the Cup,” Keith said matter-of-factly as he peeled off his hockey armor after practice recently. He wasn’t worried about how he looked in that Western Conference finals game.

“Let’s face it, it’s missing teeth. It’s not like a broken bone or anything like that you have to play through. You could still breathe. There’s nothing that hurts when you skate, so it’s just some missing teeth.”

Continue reading the full article by Leonor Vivanco here.

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