William J. Kelly is a passionate believer in the Irish American Heritage Center and is dedicated to helping advance the Center’s great mission. Kelly is not only a proud member of the Irish American Heritage Center but counts, as the happiest day of his life, the celebration of his wedding to his wife, Laura Kelly at the Center’s Erin Room and Fifth Province. He is eager to see this mission fulfilled and to tap his skills in fundraising to right the Center’s finances and ensure its tremendous legacy for generations to come.
A life-long Chicagoan with an unwavering love for our fair city, Kelly graduated from Christ the King grammar school and Quigley Preparatory Seminary. While attending Loyola University of Chicago, he was elected sophomore class president. His senior year, he attended Loyola’s Rome Center and spent the year, traveling throughout Europe.
Kelly says that he is nostalgic about his time in Europe. He frequently visited the Vatican and Papal Gardens, where he had the good fortune of meeting Saint John Paul II on three occasions. He says meeting Saint John Paul II inspired him to a life of service.
Kelly continues to demonstrate that commitment as the President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Chicago Division #1, and as the former Grand Knight and founder of the Mother Cabrini Chapter of the Knights of Columbus at Assumption Church in Chicago – both Catholic fraternal organizations organized to serve others. He has been involved in fundraising efforts for Natasha McShane, the Chicago Police Memorial Fund, and veterans charities.
Today, Kelly is a media relations expert, skilled fundraiser, and producer of Emmy award-winning TV. In 2000, Kelly became the founder and CEO of RevDigital, an award-winning digital production house based in Chicago. The communications arm of the company is involved in fundraising campaigns, strategic public relations, and fundraising for profit and non-profit causes.