Resolution J6041-2013

Commending James Edward Kelly upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition for his achievements, toughness and commitment to those most in need in Buffalo and Western New York

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  • Jun 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending James Edward Kelly upon the occasion
of his designation for special recognition for his achievements,  tough-
ness  and  commitment  to  those most in need in Buffalo and Western New
York

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note  of  certain
extraordinary  individuals  it  wishes  to  recognize  for  their valued
contributions  to  their  communities  and  publicly  acknowledge  their
endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among us all; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend James Edward
Kelly upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition; and
  WHEREAS,  James  "Jim" Edward Kelly was born on February 14, 1960, the
fourth eldest of six children born to Joseph and  Alice  Kelly;  he  was
raised  in  East Brady, Pennsylvania, in a household that emphasized the
importance of hard work, integrity and respect for others; and
  WHEREAS, Jim Kelly went on to enjoy a legendary  career  and  achieve-
ments  at  all levels of professional football, from Punt, Pass and Kick
Champion to the Hall of Fame; we celebrate his talent  and  achievements
and thank him for all he has done for Buffalo and the Buffalo Bills; and
  WHEREAS,  This  esteemed man married Jill Waggoner a woman of uncommon
beauty and substance, in May of 1996; the couple went on to  have  three
wonderful children: Erin, Camryn and Hunter James; and
  WHEREAS, Jim and Jill Kelly's true legacy, their children, have helped
them understand new definitions of toughness; as Jim said in his Hall of
Fame  speech,  "It's  been  written  that the trademark of my career was
toughness. The toughest person I ever met in my life  was  my  hero,  my
soldier,  my  son, Hunter. I love you, buddy"; Hunter spent all the days
of his life fighting Krabbe disease; and
  WHEREAS,  Inspired  by  his  child's  strength,  James  Edward   Kelly
campaigned, along with his wife Jill, to help find a cure for this fatal
disease;  he set up Hunter's Hope, a foundation to seek the cure of this
syndrome and raise funds for medical research; so far Hunter's Hope  has
raised  over  two  million dollars to help find the cure for Krabbes and
other Leukodystrophies; and
  WHEREAS, Committed to giving back to his community, Jim Kelly  started
Kelly  for  Kids,  a  not-for-profit organization committed to providing
funding and support to those organizations that operate for the  benefit
of specially challenged youth; and
  WHEREAS,  Jim Kelly, through his generous support has become a regular
at Cradle Beach Camp, a residential summer  enrichment  camping  program
for  children,  ages 8-16, with special needs and/or those who come from
economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and
  WHEREAS, Jim Kelly visits the camp for special  needs  children  every
summer  and  talks  one  on  one  with each camper; at the center of the
entire camp is the Jim Kelly House where the inscription proudly  reads,
"Jim Kelly-Our Hero!"; and
  WHEREAS,  James Edward Kelly has done more than win football games and
earn a place in the Pro Football Hall of  Fame;  with  his  courage  and
compassion  he  has  won the hearts and minds of everyone in Buffalo and
Western New York; and
  WHEREAS, Known for his "linebacker mentality," bravery  and  toughness
on  the  football  field, Jim Kelly has recently shown even more courage
and toughness with medical and personal challenges off the field; it can
be said without extravagance that we are all enriched by the example  of
his toughness and courage; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend James Edward Kelly upon the  occasion  of  his  designation  for

special  recognition  for  his achievements, toughness and commitment to
those most in need in Buffalo and Western New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to James Edward Kelly, his family and the Cradle Beach Camp.

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