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Golfers Raise $158,000 Towards the Fight Against ALS

by | Apr 11, 2019

More than 150 golfers gathered at the Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin, TX for a sports-themed tournament and an evening of dinner, drinks, and auctions during our 5th Annual Under Ballou Skies Golf Classic and Party! Under Ballou Skies is much more than a golf tournament, incorporating several sports-themed contests throughout a round of golf including shooting hoops with Hoops Austin, pitching with the Round Rock Express, and playing a little golf pong.

Together, by the close of the event, we raised $158,000 towards the fight against ALS – more than double the amount raised the previous year. Thank you to all who participated!

Bob Ballou

A staple of the tournament is Bob Ballou’s Ice Bucket Challenge at hole nine. CBS Austin Sports Director and ALS Texas Board Member, Bob founded the tournament in 2014 in an effort to combine his love of golf and sports with his passion for ALS. Each year, he takes donations at hole nine while participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Laura Weiss and daughter – P/C Patty Hoenig- Front Porch Photography, L.L.C – ATX

This year, during our evening party celebration, we honored Laura Weiss as our ALS Hero. In June of 2017 Laura Weiss was diagnosed with ALS. Since then, she’s become a tireless advocate for her fellow PALS! Laura’s impassioned speech moved the audience and inspired others to take action in the fight against ALS.

P/C Patty Hoenig- Front Porch Photography, L.L.C – ATX

The funds raised at the golf classic go towards local care, supporting patients currently living with ALS, advocacy, and research, so that one day we can create a world without ALS.

Interested in sponsoring or playing in next year’s tournament? Contact Michelle or visit for more information.

How ALS Patients Can Help

Once you’ve been diagnosed with ALS, it’s easy to feel like you just don’t have many options, but there are ways you can make a difference.

How You Can Help People With ALS

We all have a part to play in the fight against ALS! Your generous support funds critical research for better treatments and a cure for this disease. Here are a few ways you can help: