More than 150 golfers gathered at the Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin, TX for a sports-themed tournament and an evening of dinner, drinks, and auctions during our 5th Annual Under Ballou Skies Golf Classic and Party! Under Ballou Skies is much more than a golf tournament, incorporating several sports-themed contests throughout a round of golf including shooting hoops with Hoops Austin, pitching with the Round Rock Express, and playing a little golf pong.
Together, by the close of the event, we raised $158,000 towards the fight against ALS – more than double the amount raised the previous year. Thank you to all who participated!
A staple of the tournament is Bob Ballou’s Ice Bucket Challenge at hole nine. CBS Austin Sports Director and ALS Texas Board Member, Bob founded the tournament in 2014 in an effort to combine his love of golf and sports with his passion for ALS. Each year, he takes donations at hole nine while participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.
This year, during our evening party celebration, we honored Laura Weiss as our ALS Hero. In June of 2017 Laura Weiss was diagnosed with ALS. Since then, she’s become a tireless advocate for her fellow PALS! Laura’s impassioned speech moved the audience and inspired others to take action in the fight against ALS.