By JEN FARNSWORTH
Summer is not only the season of fun and sun, but also of benefits and fundraisers to help support local families. The Good Times Restaurant is no exception and will holding it’s First Annual Deck Jam and will donate all of it’s proceeds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Johns Hopkins Medical School. The cause is in honor of the owner Desiree’ Kelleigh’s husband, Hugh B. Kelleigh who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, then only 45-years-old.
“Everything we are doing is to help make a difference, to help find a cure,” said Desiree Kelleigh.
The Kelleigh family has held on to the restaurant for three years, and the hope is for their son Hugh to eventually take it over. A few years ago, the business had fallen on hard times but was rescued by an anonymous donor, bringing the family a renewed sense of hope. Today the family wants to be able to give back to other families who are trying to cope with multiple sclerosis.
For a $25 donation, patrons will receive free food, beverages and door prizes. Special guests will include live bands and DJs Vince Gallagher and Jr. from local radio station PYX 106. Kelleigh said she wants this to be a celebration with “the understanding of why we are all brought together.”
Th event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Good Times Restaurant located at 175 Lake Rd.
Kelleigh’s said she felt a strong desire to hold the benefit and described it as something she needed to do.
“The Good Times has never felt such a calling. We have never done a non-profit sponsored event before so I’m hoping together we will show everyone how it is done. Fun, great music, of course amazing food, will bring all walks of life together and we will be an example of how good people come together to be merry and hold a special place in our hearts for those who cannot. As a life long resident and serving our community for 35 years I hope you join in on our festivities,” said Kelleigh.
The Kelleigh’s have two adult children Courtney and Hugh who have taken life-paths to honor their father. Courtney is working as part of the medical community through her research with the world’s top neurologists. Her mother said she is currently working on projects at Johns Hopkins hospital and Oxford University. Hugh is working on his studies in aviation and has taken an interest in philanthropy.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society approximately 400,000 Americans have the disease which attacks the central nervous system. They report every week about 200 people are diagnosed and world-wide, it affects about 2.5 million people.