Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding) Helps Raise Money for Jim Kelly’s Foundation
No matter what else he does, Dennis Haskins will always be “Mr. Belding” to a lot of people. Haskins, who played Principal Belding on the hit television show, “Saved By The Bell” from 1989-2000, was on hand at Jim Kelly’s Golf Outing, as he has been for the past 12 years.
“The really good news about this event, it’s been going on for 26 years. I’ve been coming for 12 years. If you are here, you are here for the right reasons,” Haskins told Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports while on the links at Terry Hill golf course in Buffalo.
As Principal Belding, Haskins cared for his students on TV, but it’s clear he cares just as much for children in real life. He and fellow actor Chris McDonald were on hand and even helped out with the auction, which took place before the golf outing.
“Chris [McDonald] and I got to help Jack Armstrong do the auction. We raised a lot of money for the great cause. It was an amazing night,” Haskins said.
Kelly lost his son, Hunter in 2005. He was just eight years old and had died from Leukodystrophy (brain disorders occurring in children). Kelly and his wife created “Hunter’s Hope”, which aims at screening all babies at birth for such disorders and finding a cure for the disease.
“Jim’s and Jill’s loss is the worlds gain because they make sure that heal print tests are done on babies for all kinds of diseases, and that’s what this money goes to and that’s why Chris and I love this. Hunter has passed so that other children can live.” Haskins told Class Act Sports.