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Children’s Guild honors Sen. Francis Kelly and Janet Kelly



November 18, 2010


BALTIMORE -- The Children's Guild will honor Sen. Francis X. Kelly Jr. and his wife, Janet Kelly, for their commitment to faith, family and community at the 2011 Cabaret for Kids gala benefitting The Children's Guild. Francis and Janet Kelly launched Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc., where Francis Kelly serves as founder and chairman. He also served as a Maryland state senator for 12 years.


Francis and Janet Kelly have a history of public service, business success and civil involvement. Kelly & Associates Insurance Group Inc. earns more than $1.4 billion in insurance premiums and has nearly 13,000 corporate clients. Francis Kelly credits his wife of 46 years with the success of the company. As a Maryland state senator from Baltimore County, Francis Kelly was one of the primary sponsors of legislation that created the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, the nation's only trauma hospital. His peers named him one of the most effective members of the Maryland senate, and he continues to advise both political and business leaders. Francis and Janet Kelly have four sons and 21 grandchildren.


Last year, The Children's Guild honored Ravens football star Ray Lewis and his mom, Sunseria Smith, at Cabaret for Kids. Other past honorees include Nick and Jeanne Tsakalos, Lou Grasmick, Steve and Mindy Geppi, Walter Sondheim, Bill Struever, Ron Shapiro, Donald Manekin and Dr. Levi Watkins.


Cabaret for Kids honoring Francis and Janet Kelly takes place May 7, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Jeanne Tsakalos is chair of the event. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Berit Killingstad at 443-413-6020 or


The Children's Guild ( is a nonprofit organization founded in 1953 and dedicated to serving children who are difficult to educate and care for due to autism, multiple disabilities, and/or who have been traumatized by their life experience or family situation. The Children's Guild operates three day school campuses for children located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, group homes, a foster treatment care program, and provides mental health support services to children in local school systems. The Children's Guild programs are based on an organizational philosophy called Transformation Education, which creates a culture that radiates the message that life is a journey of personal growth and enlightenment that comes from the continuous struggle and search for meaningful responses to life's challenges.



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