A Legacy of Care: Farmview Market Children’s Spring Classic

A Heart for Children

One doesn’t have to look far to see the impact of Children’s Healthcare. The reach of Children’s is vast. With 27 neighborhood locations around metro Atlanta and 622 staffed beds in three hospitals, Children’s had more than 1 million patient visits in 2017. This year, Farmview Market is the title sponsor of the Children’s Spring Classic, continuing a legacy of care for children in our community.

Many of us have children who have received care or know a friend or extended family member who has been a patient of Children’s.

“This is certainly true for us,” said Keith Kelly, president, Kelly Products. “So many of our families have received care from a Children’s hospital, in some cases, lifesaving care. We are fortunate to have an organization of this caliber so close to home and we want to do everything we can to help continue its mission.”

The mission of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through the philanthropic support of individual donors, charitable foundations and corporations.

Every day, lifesaving work happens at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—from pediatric cancer treatments and organ transplants to fracture care and appendectomies.

The Children’s Foundation relies on volunteers in the hospitals and in the community. Each year, in-hospital volunteers donate more than 127,000 hours of their time and community volunteer groups raise millions for Children’s through fundraising activities and events.

Children’s Means Family

As a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality pediatric care to the kids in the community, Children’s depends on the generous support of donors to help uphold its mission and perform the work done each day.

Kelly Products has been supporting Children’s Healthcare for more than a decade, but our history with the organization goes back much further. In fact, we have a very personal connection that is rooted in family.

“My mother, Carolyn Kelly, was an operating room nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital for 48 years. Her entire career was spent devoted to making children well. I admire all nurses. It takes a great deal of emotional and physical strength to meet the demands of this profession and my mother did it with grace. In a way, I have grown up through Children’s,” said Kelly.

Pictured: Carolyn Williams Kelly, bottom row first right

Pictured: Award for Outstanding Perioperative Nurse, 1987

Children’s was founded in 1915 and started in two rented cottages with 20 patient beds. They are one of the only pediatric hospitals in the nation that has existed for more than a century.

Kelly Products, likewise, had humble beginnings. The company started in 1993, with two employees, operating out of a rented apartment space not more than 500-square-feet. Today, Kelly employs 200 full-time associates and another 300 part-time associates, operating in more than 500,000 square-feet of manufacturing and distribution pace. This year marks Kelly’s 25th anniversary. The company includes 12 operating businesses serving businesses and consumers nationwide.

“It is such a blessing to be able to give. As we have grown and been blessed, we have been able to grow our support of Children’s and other organizations that are providing crucial services for our employees and communities,” said Kelly.

Children’s Means Community: Children’s Spring Classic

This year, Children’s largest annual fundraiser the Children’s Spring Classic is named for our company, Farmview Market.

“Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is excited to partner with Farmview Market on the 16th Annual Children’s Spring Baseball Classic at SunTrust Park. We have been honored to work with the leaders at Farmview Market over the years who give so unselfishly of their time and resources to benefit the thousands of kids we serve each year at Children’s,” said Scott Hodoval, Vice President, Development and Community Relations, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

Keith & Pam Kelly Children's Spring Classic

Much like Children’s vision for a future “where all children have the care they need to keep them healthy so they never have to visit a hospital,” Farmview is working to build healthier communities through access to local and high-quality food with transparency in sourcing.

“Much like Children’s Strong 4 Life program, we are starting at the source, making people aware that there are healthier choices available,” said Kelly.