3rd Annual Rakers Classic

The third annual Rakers Classic golf tournament supporting the Miller Lab at Washington University takes place on Monday, September 21, 2020.

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.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us at Forest Park Golf Course at noon on September 21.

Shotgun Start: 12:00 pm

$150 per person


$600 per foursome

$75 of each entry fee and any additional donations go directly to the Lyle Rakers Foundation. Make checks payable to: Lyle Rakers Charitable Foundation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor – $5,000

  • 2 foursomes
  • Full hole sponsorship
  • Skins entry
  • 4×6 banner
  • 8 extra dinner tickets

Silver Sponsor – $2,500

  • 1 foursome
  • Full hole sponsorship
  • Skins entry
  • 4×6 banner

Bronze Sponsor – $1,500

  • Full hole sponsorship
  • 4×6 banner

Dinner Sponsor – $1,000

Lunch Sponsor – $750

Drink Cart Sponsor – $500

  • 3 available

Hole Sponsor – $250 per hole


In November 2017, BluSky’s philosophy of Making Our Communities Better hit home with our new 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.

Laurel, Lyle, Sara, and Carson Rakers

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.

With everyone’s participation, sponsorships and others who donated, the first Rakers Classic raised over $56,000 for the Miller Lab. We are truly grateful for the overwhelming amount of generosity and kindness from all who participated in our initial event. We are hard at work on the 3rd Annual Rakers Classic to continue supporting research to find a cure for ALS!

Making Our Communities Better