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The Letherman Family poses with Teal Bishop in front of the mural the Foundation donated to A Rosie Place.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Juday Creek Golf Course

Granger, Indiana

$85 Per Golfer

Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Kickoff Classic: Joe Letherman, Ron Bondrant, Pat Parker and Chris Anderson.

Pete Letherman receives Marmion Academy's Ad Regnum Dei award for our work with the Sweet Pea Foundation.

Grace Elizabeth Letherman, Our Sweet Pea!

The Sweet Pea Foundation,

a not-for-profit foundation established in the memory of Grace Elizabeth Letherman, supports organizations and charities that help sick children and their families.

Volunteers stuff Hugs" for the Sweet Pea Foundation.

Students at Illinois State University hold a "Grilled Cheese Fundraiser" for the Sweet Pea Foundation.

Rob and his niece Grace watching morning cartoons together.

The Foundation delivers "Hug" activity bags to sick kids in hospitals.

The 17th annual Kickoff Classic golf outing has been scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020 at Juday Creek Golf Course in Granger, IN. The outing begins at 9:00 am on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Arkansas home football game. The outing is $85.00 per golfer (includes a round of golf, cart, beverages and lunch at Wings Etc. on Grape Road in Mishawaka, IN) and will be played in a scramble format with a shotgun start.


If you are interested in sponsoring the event, donating items for prizes or would like to participate, please contact Pete Letherman at 574-296-1310 or send an email to sweetpeafoundation@comcast.net


All proceeds from the event will support the ongoing goals of the Sweet Pea Foundation.

Often times, our busy lives prevent us from fully appreciating things we hold dearest to us. Even when we try to “live in the moment,” life can throw something at us that we cannot fully be prepared for. A year ago, my brother Rob passed away. Even though Rob and I spent countless hours together (traveling, tailgating, working, etc.), his passing has made me realize that we need to cherish those who touch our lives the most. Loosing Rob has been extremely difficult on all who knew him–especially his family. 

Rob was an incredible and thoughtful individual with a deep love for his family and he truly believed in the mission of the Sweet Pea Foundation. Rob saw firsthand the struggles that Suzanne and I experienced when we were caring for Grace in the hospitals. After one of his many visits with Grace, Rob decided to start referring to her as “SBG” (Sweet Baby Grace). It was typical of Rob, coming up with his own unique way of connecting with his niece who he loved very much. In his home, Rob had a picture of himself and “SBG” sitting together while watching cartoons. It is a photograph, that we now cherish, of two people that we love and miss so much.

After Grace passed away, Rob became a passionate supporter of the Sweet Pea Foundation. In our early years, Rob would accompany me to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Homes to deliver toys and other items needed by these organizations. He helped us create and implement the Blarney Bash, one of our annual fundraisers that took place on St. Patrick’s Day for ten years. He also organized our first golf outing, calling it the Kickoff Classic—an annual event that we continue today. 

There are countless other ways that Rob supported and assisted us with the Sweet Pea Foundation. His love and passion for helping those in need, especially sick children, is evident in everything that Rob did for the Foundation.

 Reflecting back on this past year, I not only mourn the loss of my brother, but my best friend. I think about Rob every day. I encourage you reach out to your family and friends and let them know how important they are to you. 

In peace,


Pete & Suzanne Letherman