I am an advocate of giving back locally to bolster the community where you live and help those who share that community with you. The city of Chicago has seen an increase in philanthropy recently, and it has helped to improve the community in a number of ways. One of the people making a daily difference in the lives of Chicago residents is Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Keith founded his charity, Keith Relief, in 2011 in an effort to “alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals suffering from medical crisis,” according to the Keith Relief website.

Keith has found that holding events is a great way to raise funds to help those in need throughout Chicago. It is a way to allow people to enjoy something in their own city while also helping those around them. Keith Relief has been a partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana since Keith founded the charity, and the events are an excellent source of funding for families of that organization. Past events included evenings of shopping, autograph signings, apparel sales and concerts. Keith has found that the benefit concerts have been able to raise the most amount of money and positively affect the most lives of any of the events the charity has held.

The inaugural benefit concert was held on March 14th, 2012, at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Keith Relief booked Jerrod Neimann, an up and coming country star, as the headliner, and three types of tickets were on sale. Hundreds of fans, both of the Blackhawks and of Jerrod Neimann, attended the concert. Since the first concert, there has been a benefit concert every year with different country acts including last year’s country superstar Dustin Lynch. Each year the concert has also raised more money than the previous year, with 2016s total coming in at over $120,000.

This year, Keith Relief hosted its fifth annual benefit concert at Joe’s Bar. Tyler Farr headlined the event and performed in a Blackhawks jersey. The concerts have garnered national attention since they started in 2011, and the NHL has also supported Keith in his efforts. @properties is also a proud support of Keith Relief. We believe Duncan Keith exemplifies everything that is good about philanthropy in Chicago, and we are proud to be a part of his efforts.

2017 Keith Relief Concert with Tyler Farr from Penshire Media on Vimeo.