The 25th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity golf tournament not only celebrated a milestone, but also a fundraising record.
Though the totals were not yet available the Bills Hall of Fame quarterback hosted his largest tournament group and the tournament auction Sunday night raised more money than they ever.
“From everything we counted up it was already over what we’ve had before,” Kelly said. “When you have 60 foursomes and you add another 40 or 50 golfers and they bring something at the high I think we had almost 1,200 people, which is a record. It just goes to show this area never ceases to amaze me and it’s not just from here. I think we have three or four foursomes from Mississippi and one from Texas.
“In the past five or six years when I went to golf tournaments I would invite the foursome I played with to come so we’re drawing from everywhere. Then you look at the celebrities that came in, Archie Manning, Jamie Farr, Chris McDonald. We have Marino and Bruce and all of those guys. Just so many guys continue to come year after year and they see what happens with the money that we raise.”
Half of the money raised goes to Kelly for Kids in Western New York while the other half goes to Hunter’s Hope to promote universal newborn screening. Kelly was surprised his tournament has gone for a quarter century.
“I never thought this would get to 25 years to be honest with you,” he said. “As long as they keep coming out we’ll go up to 30 (years) and see how far it goes taking it one year at a time from there.”
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