December 5, 2017

Kelly Foundation awards $100,000 to American Red Cross for Wildfire Relief

Major Gift earmarked exclusively for communities devastated and recovering

SACRAMENTO, CA – December 5, 2017 – The Kelly Foundation, of which River City Bank is a major contributor, has awarded its 2018 Major Gift of $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. The money is to be used exclusively to help those devastated by the recent California wildfires which struck directly in the heart of the communities served by The Kelly Foundation and River City Bank. The funds will help the American Red Cross continue to respond and help victims recover from this unprecedented tragedy.

“The destruction from these fires was as heartbreaking as it was indiscriminate, affecting people of all ages and economic levels,” said Shawn Kelly Devlin, President of the Kelly Foundation and Chairman of the Board of River City Bank. “Yet an agency that was seemingly everywhere, helping, was the American Red Cross. Its ability to provide boots on the ground and make an immediate impact was admirable, and the urgency of the situation led us to award this donation swiftly in order to help our neighbors in need.”

Devlin was more than a donor; she and her husband, Dr. Patrick Devlin, lost their home and everything in it during the devastating Tubbs fire which caused over $1.2 billion in damage as it destroyed more than 5,000 structures and claimed dozens of lives. “We were our own first responders that night,” said Devlin. “But now we have the opportunity to help others, since it will take a long time for the community to recover.”

“The Kelly Foundation is a valued partner of the American Red Cross,” said Gary Strong, American Red Cross Gold Country Region CEO. “We appreciate the foundation’s generous support as we continue to provide services to those directly affected by the California wildfires.”

To put the size of the Kelly Foundation donation in perspective, this amount of funding allows the Red Cross to provide much-needed items like 500 days’ worth of food and shelter for a displaced family of three; or some 4,000 comfort kits (containing hygiene items such as deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste); or snacks and 8,000 hot meals; or 20,000 blankets.

The American Red Cross, working with community and government partners, has provided more than 27,900 overnight stays in emergency shelters and has served more than 196,300 meals in response to the California wildfires. It has distributed more than 145,700 emergency relief items such as masks, gloves, rakes, trash bags and comfort kits. It continues to provide casework in the form of counseling, housing support and aid with applying for assistance and insurance claims.

About the Kelly Foundation

The Kelly Broadcasting Company’s KCRA-TV (Sacramento-Stockton-Modest, CA) went on the air on Sept. 5, 1955, and the owners of the Kelly Broadcasting Company established the Kelly Foundation in December 1988 as a formal vehicle for structuring charitable contributions. The Kelly family sold KCRA-TV in 1999 and have continued the Kelly Foundation ever since. In 2009, the River City Bank Foundation merged with the Kelly Foundation, and some executives of the Bank currently serve on the Foundation’s Board. Jon S. Kelly founded River City Bank and continues to support the Bank. His daughter, Shawn Kelly Devlin, currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board. The Kelly Foundation is an expression of the importance the Kelly family places on being a good neighbor and citizen in regions where they do business. For more information on the Kelly Foundation, please visit or call (916) 978-4892.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About River City Bank

Named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for each of the past six years, River City Bank is a leading boutique commercial bank throughout California with assets of over $4.9 billion. River City Bank offers a comprehensive suite of banking services, including loans, deposits, and cash management tools to the business, consumer, and commercial real estate sectors. With tailored, concierge-like level of service River City Bank redefines the banking experience and every touch point that surrounds it. River City Bank is the largest, independent, locally-owned and managed bank in the Sacramento region with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area and a presence in Southern California. For additional information, please visit or call (916) 567-2600. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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