4th Annual Rakers Classic
The fourth annual Rakers Classic charity golf tournament raised $105,000!
All proceeds benefit the Miller Lab, which is dedicated to understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and dementias in order to develop new, effective, and safe treatments. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the many sponsors, participants, and supporters who made it a great day.
ABOUT THE LYLE RAKERS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
In November 2017, BluSky’s philosophy of Making Our Communities Better hit home with our Missouri teammates when Lyle Rakers was diagnosed with a rare form of ALS called Brachial Amyotrophic Diplagi (BAD). BAD is an atypical form of ALS affecting shoulders, wrists, elbows, hands, etc. Lyle is seen by all company employees as a leader, mentor and friend.
When everyone learned about Lyle’s diagnosis, the leadership team began to explore how they could help in fighting the ALS disease. We all know that ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, currently has no cure. But what many do not know is that some of the most renowned ALS research is being done by the Miller Lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
After BluSky’s Jim Rable met with Miller Lab head Tim Miller, it was apparent that although the Washington University’s Neurological Department applies for, and receives, grant funding to continue their ALS research, this funding is not always steady and there may be gaps in funding. BluSky took on the challenge to fill in some of the gaps in this funding.
In early 2018 the leadership team decided to first set up the Lyle Rakers Foundation and then hold the first annual Rakers Classic Golf tournament. They established a committee of employee volunteers to plan and hold the golf tournament.
The first four Rakers Classics have raised a total of $321,000 for the Miller Lab. We are hard at work on the 5th Annual Rakers Classic to continue supporting research to find a cure for ALS!