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Kelly E. Shaffer ’00 married Craig A. Breslow on Nov. 9, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Kelly is director of operations and development for the Strike 3 Foundation. Craig is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Guests included Iris Schwartz ’82; Deandra (Joannon) Bowersox, Anastasia (Martino) McManus, Wendy (Krug) Baum and Christina (Michaelian) Szcepanski, all ’00; and Jackie (Youchah) Valles ’01.
Kelly met Craig in 2010 when she was invited by her former Binghamton roommate Deandra Bowersox ’00 to attend a Strike 3 charity event. Craig created the Strike 3 Foundation in 2008 to support childhood cancer research and treatment. He has a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and had been accepted to medical school when he decided to pursue a career in baseball.
“I was an avid Yankees fan before meeting Craig,” Kelly says. “At the beginning of our relationship, Craig played for the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks. When he was traded mid-season to the Boston Red Sox in 2012, it became a little more challenging for my family to maintain their allegiance to the Yanks.” She and Craig have fallen in love with Boston, she says, and will never forget the events of 2013, from the Boston Marathon bombings to watching the Red Sox go “from worst to first” and win the World Series.
Kelly is a School of Management graduate who worked for General Electric and Ernst & Young before joining Strike 3. The foundation has been able to raise $2 million and disburse more than 70 percent of net revenue, she says. “No one in the organization is paid, which allows us to keep our general and administrative expenses to less than 3 percent annually.”
The couple set their wedding date for after Game 7 of the 2013 World Series even though the Red Sox were not expected to make the playoffs. The team’s postseason success kept Kelly on the road, making wedding plans via text messages, until the Red Sox won the series in Game 6. Ten days later, Kelly and Craig were married.