Happy Holidays from The Kelley Group! / by Chris Kelley

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Happy holidays from The Kelley Group (TKG Communications, LLC)! The year 2017 has been chock full of telling great stories, preparing meaningful communication projects, and participating in service-oriented endeavors that are making a difference.

Our work is made possible by clients who are passionate, committed, and devoted to their missions, their audiences, and their customers. We are privileged and honored to have worked with them on telling their stories – through media and public relations, video production, content marketing, speech and column writing, and event production. We thought you might like to learn about some of our highlights for 2017.

As the year began, we were honored to have worked with the Retina Foundation of the Southwest on media relations to let the world know about the importance of maintaining healthy vision and the organization's incredible work in the field of Macular Degeneration—the leading cause of vision loss that affects over 10 million Americans.

In February, we helped spread the word about Dr. Kevin Gilliland’s new book Struggle Well, Live Well (which we also helped write) by placing this column in The Dallas Morning News. And take a look at another Dallas Morning News column we helped place for Chris Wilkes, President and CEO of Sigmetrix, a McKinney-based company that analyzes manufacturing processes to make products safer for everyone!

In March, we had the pleasure of working with Park Cities Quail (PCQ) to promote the appearance of NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who received the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award on March 2 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. An unexpected but delightful opportunity arose when we had the idea to ask WFAA-TV Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus, who is Program Director of the PCQ event and an avid conservationist, to work with us to write a column for The Dallas Morning News.

In April, video production kicked into high gear when we got the opportunity to work with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a visionary company that provides stable employment and employment training for those who are blind or visually impaired. Through our postcard series, you can meet Angela, Reginald, and Jennifer, three of the Lighthouse’s hardest working employees.

We also struck up a new partnership with the amazing Reverend Brent Barry, Senior Pastor at Northpark Presbyterian Church, and helped him place a column to honor the spirit of Christian service through traditional foot-washing.

May was an especially big month at The Kelley Group. In honor of the 125th anniversary of Juliette Fowler Communities, we produced a video that told their story from the organization’s founding in 1892 to today. We also produced a tribute video to their 2017 Visionary Woman honoree and former U.S. Senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and now NATO Ambassador. Both videos were shown at JFC's sold-out luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Summer was hot, and so was business at The Kelley Group! In June, we helped Refugee Services of Texas President and CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger place a column in The Texas Tribune about the importance of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable population. In July, we facilitated widespread media coverage, including a story from local NPR-affiliate KERA, for Pastor Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church, who has been a leader in bringing the community together and fostering conversation about divisive issues. In August, we got even more coverage for Pastor Butler, including this wonderful Good Morning Texas profile of his “Together We Ball” event.

In September, we helped the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind produce a thank-you video for it’s 11th annual golf tournament fundraiser. The event was a huge success (even if nobody was able to make a hole-in-one to win the 2017 Infiniti QX60).

We also helped our friend Heather Hughes, Executive Director of Deaf Action Center, place her amazing column in The Texas Tribune, which we hope will help bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.

October was a defining month for our partner, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. That won’t be their name for long, as they broke ground on the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum right across the street from their current location. For the overflow event, The Kelley Group had a hand in event production, media relations, recording, and producing videos for the event. The new museum will be a landmark for Dallas and a global hub for teaching the importance of the Holocaust and human rights in the 21st century.

But October wasn’t over yet. Later that month, the Museum honored Lauren Embrey as its 2017 Hope for Humanity honoree at the Museum’s annual dinner at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The Kelley Group was instrumental in event production and video production for this event, as well.

In November, we completed a plethora of video projects, including a profile of the “D House,” the new HQ of the All Stars Project of Dallas; a “Stock the Store” video for the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, encouraging donations toward the organization’s Low Vision Store that serves as a critical resource for those who are blind or visually impaired in North Texas; and a tribute video to Yvette Ostolaza of Sidley Austin LLP, who was given The Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for her outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and commitment to ADL ideals.

The Kelley Group closed 2017 out strong in December with a few end-of-year projects with our amazing partners. For the Advent season, we teamed up with Pastor Brent Barry and soloist Julie Johnson to produce 23 audio devotionals that have been helping listeners get in the Christmas mood. For the Dallas Holocaust Museum, we went back and collected footage from the entire year of events, including panels and special guest speakers, to produce an end-of-year highlight video that shows the transformational learning that takes place at the Museum. For our friends at Quail Coalition, we produced a “Year-in-Review” video that revisits the organization’s conservation efforts and outreach to veterans in 2017.

Last but certainly not least, we partnered with our friend and brother Blake Lindsay to produce a video about his unbelievable capabilities as a person who is totally blind and to help him achieve his fullest potential as an inspirational speaker and dazzling voice artist.

We want to thank you--our clients, friends, and family—for your continued support. We are always open to meeting and assisting new clients, so feel free to refer folks to our website where they can view our work and, certainly, contact us to get started in helping them tell their stories.

Chris & Mac & Sheryl