NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will attend Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's charity gala Sunday evening in Buffalo and Kelly's golf tournament Monday morning in Batavia, New York, according to a press release Wednesday from Kelly's charity.
This year marks a milestone for Kelly, who has held this event for 30 consecutive years.
"In 1986, when I decided to make Buffalo my home, I couldn't have imagined reaching the 30th year," Kelly said in a statement. "And yet, looking back, I am not surprised to see so many of my friends here year after year. Buffalo is truly a giving community and I am so blessed."
Goodell is a native of Jamestown, New York, about 70 miles south of Buffalo. He will be joined at Terry Hills golf course Monday by coach Rex Ryan and the entire Bills roster, marking the second consecutive year that Ryan will use an organized team activity slot to have his team attend Kelly's tournament.
Among regular attendees who are expected to join Kelly again next week are Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and Kelly's former Bills teammates Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker.
The sold-out events raise money for the Kelly for Kids Foundation, which has donated close to $5 million to Western New York children's charities.