Kelly, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at a May 14 fundraiser for Pathways, Inc., a Corning-based non-profit human services organization.

 Former Buffalo Bills star quarterback Jim Kelly will make an appearance in Corning in May.

Kelly, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at a May 14 fundraiser for Pathways, Inc., a Corning-based non-profit human services organization.

Pathways operates a wide array of developmental disability, mental health, child care and foster care programs in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.

The fundraiser, titled “An Evening with Jim Kelly,” will be held at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium. There are two types of tickets available, said Pathways spokeswoman Tammy Hallgren.

Dinner seats are $75 apiece or $725 for a table of 10, and guests should arrive by 6 p.m. There are also seats available in the balcony that don’t include dinner; they are $30 apiece and those guests should arrive by 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar for all guests. Tickets are available at pathwaysforyou.org or by contacting Hallgren at thallgren@pathwaysforyou.org or 937-3290.

While many spots have already been reserved, there were still about 40 dinner seats and 150 balcony seats left as of this week, said Hallgren, who expects the event to sell out.

“The response has been huge so it’s clear that Mr. Kelly has a lot of fans in the area. And best of all, those in attendance will have the opportunity to win one of four signed footballs to be passed to them by the Hall of Famer himself,” Hallgren said in an email.

According to information provided by his representatives, Kelly will tell stories about overcoming obstacles, both in sports and in life, including having a special needs child and fighting cancer. Due to Kelly’s battle with jaw cancer, the talk will be done in a Q&A format that keeps the audience engaged, his reps say.

A western Pennsylvania native, Kelly, 56, played for the University of Miami and was drafted by the Bills in 1983, according to a provided biography. However, he did not want to play for the Bills, opting to begin his career with the Houston Gamblers in the now-defunct USFL.

When the USFL went under, Kelly went to the Bills in 1986 and played his entire NFL career in Buffalo. He led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, with the team losing all four. Kelly retired in 1997, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in 2002.

Kelly is also known for his work off the field, establishing Hunter’s Hope Foundation to support research and early detection efforts for Krabbe leukodystrophy, an inherited nervous system disease. Kelly’s son, Hunter, died of the disease in 2005 at the age of 8. Early detection through newborn screening now gives children a chance of survival, according to Hunter’s Hope Foundation.

Kelly authored a book about his experiences, “Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything,” that made the New York Times bestseller list.

Kelly also has a separate charity, Kelly for Kids, that supports children’s charities in western New York, and runs a youth football camp in the Buffalo area.

In 2013, Kelly was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer, in his upper jaw. He has been through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy but is currently in remission.