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.

10 Responses to “Official Launch Of Keith Relief”

  1. Lisa Perrone October 27, 2011

    This is a wonderful idea for a charity. I work with senior citizens and see the difficulty they have paying for medical issues. It is becoming an issue for young and old alike.
    Thank you for your kindness.
    Lisa Perrone

  2. Tony Demakis October 27, 2011

    Congrats to you and Kelly-Rae for your willingness to help Chicagoland families. My wife and I also have a non-profit called Hope to Give where we raise money for organizations that care for children with life altering medical conditions. Over the past 2 years since we started we have raised over $15,000 for Childrens Memorial Hospital. We would absolutely love to partner with you on a project in the future. Please keep us in mind. Congrats again.

    Tony Demakis
    President Ten26 Design
    President Hope To Give
    Blackhawks Season Ticketholder.


  3. Sean Easton October 27, 2011

    This is a really awesome idea. I coach a high school hockey team anything they can do to help out let me know.. Thanks for giving back to chicago!

    Also where can we purchase that DK hat its pretty sick.

    Go Hawks.

  4. Doug Porter October 28, 2011

    Very inspiring to see Duncan devote time, energy and resources to giving back to the community. With all the demands on his time, his thoughtfulness and generosity will be truly appreciated by so many in need. Hats off to Duncan and Kelly-Rae!

  5. Mark Szczurek October 28, 2011

    Congratulations on your efforts. Wonderful to see you to continue to give back to the community. Am an assistant coach on a local Midget team and would love to get the boys involved in helping you raise funds or donate time for the foundation. Great hat would love to purchase a couple to go along with my Cambell for Kids hat.

  6. Mark DeAngeles October 29, 2011

    This is fantastic what you are doing. There are so many people out there that a surgery would put there lives back on track. You two are truly good people.. Go Keith Relief and Project Hugs.!!

  7. Barb Dabler October 29, 2011

    Congratulations to you and Kelly-Rae on the launch of your charity to help others. Speaking on behalf of Operation North Pole, an all volunteer community based charity that supports families during the holidays who have a child battling a life threatening illness, you will find unparalled personal rewards helping others in need. We too help families from Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago area as well as children’s hospitals. We hope that our paths cross in the near future as we pursue our common goal of helping others in need. All the best.

  8. Ann Tremmel October 30, 2011

    Congratulations on your efforts on wanting to help the communities in Chicago. Many families do appreicate the help to get medical care they would wait until it would be too late. Thank you both! Go Keith Relief, Project Hugs & most of all GO HAWKS!!!

  9. Georgette Gagen March 8, 2012

    Bless my favorite Blackhawks player Duncan and his beautiful wife! There are many people in Chicago who need help with medical bills. I just wish I had the funds to attend the Keith Relief Benefit. I will send a donation later to help the cause.

  10. B2 March 10, 2012

    As someone who finished chemo and radiation last year (and still managed to play a few hockey games with my team), I can attest to the cost of medical care. Fortunately I had insurance but I am still paying the deductible. Thank you Keith and Kelly-Rae for looking after those in Chicago who need help.

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