Autumn News

Friday, September 14, 2018

Juday Creek Golf Course

Granger, Indiana

$85 Per Golfer

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 15th annual Kickoff Classic golf outing has been scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2018 at Juday Creek Golf Course in Granger, IN. The outing begins at 9:00 am on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt 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.

A few months ago Suzanne and I delivered toys and hugs to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. This was the first time in several years that we visited Riley together. As we walked through the entrance to the new hospital we were struck at how much has changed. We wandered the halls looking for areas of the old hospital where we spent so much time while we were caring for Grace. We washed our hands in the bathrooms, where the unique smell of the hand soap quickly brought us back to the days when Grace was in the NICU and handwashing was a must every time you entered the unit. We were reminded of the incredible service provided by her doctors, nurses, and staff–work that goes on every day within the walls of the hospital. We also recalled the small things that helped us through a very difficult time in our lives. 

 We hope the “Hugs” (sling bags filled with books, toys, crafts and decorations) that were delivered that day will provide a little ray of sunshine to those patients and families receiving care in the hospital. We would not be able to provide these small tokens of thoughtfulness without your help. We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to brighten the days of these children.

Warmest regards,


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

Upcoming Events

Congratulations to winners of the 2017 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.