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 8, 2017

Juday Creek Golf Course

Granger, Indiana

$85 Per Golfer

Congratulations to winners of the 2016 Kickoff Classic: Irv, B.J., Mike and Jeff Kloska.

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.

A patient receives a stuffed toy from the Sweet Pea Foundation.

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

Pete and Suzanne

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

The 14th annual Kickoff Classic golf outing has been scheduled for Friday, September 8, 2017 at Juday Creek Golf Course in Granger, IN. The outing begins at 9:00 am on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Georgia 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

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

Prior to Grace’s birth, we did not fully understand the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities. (Our young nieces and nephews thought we were living at a McDonald’s restaurant!) Over fourteen years later, we truly appreciate the incredible service this outstanding organization provides to families caring for sick children.

I vividly remember my first night at the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis. With Suzanne still at Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery, my parents and I got situated in the house and eagerly returned to the hospital in hopes of learning more about Grace and her medical condition. When I returned to the House that night I was exhausted and thankful for a bed and a quiet place to rest. At the time, I did not realize that we would be calling the Ronald McDonald House our home for the next couple of months.

While we were caring for Grace, Suzanne and I stayed in three different Ronald McDonald Houses. Our last stay was at the Family Room at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. The facility had three small bedrooms that could not accommodate a family requiring a long stay at the hospital. The Family Room provided a great place to relax during the day, but was not designed for multiple families looking to sleep close to their child in the hospital. Well, that has all changed in a significant way with the building of the Ronald McDonald House of Michiana.

Earlier this spring, Suzanne and I toured the new Ronald McDonald House in South Bend. The new facility is an incredible asset to the children’s hospital and community.

Thank you to all who have supported the Foundation. Our ability to work with organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities is because of your support.
With gratitude,