Swing low, hit the tee
Colts’ Ryan Diem returns for “Allie and Friends Golf Classic”
Local football hero and Indianapolis Colts’ right tackle Ryan Diem will go from the gridiron to the greens to host the 7th annual “Allie and Friends Golf Classic” on May 2, 2011, at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills. Click here to learn how you can participate or sponsor.
This year’s fundraising goal has been set at $150,000. “Allie and Friends” is one of the largest, oldest and longest-running annual fundraisers benefiting the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. Funds contribute to neuroblastoma research and educational resources for families coping with the disease.
“Allie and Friends” was founded in 2005 by Scott and Kristin Jewson after their friends Brian and Keri Neff learned their 2-year-old daughter, Allie, had been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. Allie lost her courageous battle two months before her 4th birthday.
Diem (Colts, No. 71) continues to be remembered throughout Chicagoland as a star athlete playing football at Glenbard North High School and Northern Illinois University. Diem’s celebrity has gone a long way toward building support for the event, raising $750,000 in six years.
“We continue to be grateful for Ryan Diem’s commitment to the Allie and Friends Golf Classic, and for all the hard work our committee members put in to make it happen,” said Pat Tallungan, president of the CNCF.
Organizers are hoping the early arrival of spring will make this year’s “Allie” a record-setter. Last year, the event drew more than 500 people. Golfers can participate individually ($250) or in groups of four ($1,000), or through sponsorships valued between $250 and $25,000.
“Expert or novice – just come out and have fun, and enjoy the sunshine,” Tallungan said.