About KTM

The Tradition Continues

Every August since the summer of 1976, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in Sun Valley, Idaho has gathered hundreds of like-minded individuals including celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, musicians, sponsors, participants and volunteers with one goal in mind: find a cure for cancer.

The tournament was founded in 1976 by Harmon Killebrew and Ralph Harding in memory of the Minnesota Twins shortstop, Danny Thompson who died of leukemia at the young age of 29. Through their hard work and dedication, The KTM is now considered one of the leading cancer research fundraisers of its kind.

Proceeds from this event benefit the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Due to the dedicated commitment of our supporters over the years, the Tournament has raised over $15.6 million to date. These funds are split evenly to our two beneficiaries and go directly to support cancer and specifically, leukemia research. Our beneficiaries are also able to leverage these funds through various matching grant programs helping to increase the impact of our donation to the million-dollar level annually.

Our annual golf outing has evolved into an entire weekend of events including a Welcome BBQ, Auction Gala, and a Saturday Night benefit concert and cocktail party.

Consider joining us for this beautiful demonstration of friendship and hard work that allow us to work towards our goal of turning all cancer patients into cancer survivors and eventually finding the cure for cancer.

Becoming a part of this very worthy cause not only helps to provide invaluable funds for cancer and leukemia research but also means four days of enjoyment for you and your guests in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. 4 days of fun while raising money and support for cancer research… what more can you ask for?

The singular focus of defeating cancer by the Killebrew-Thompson Golf Tournament has resulted in more than $6 million to the University of Minnesota’s finest cancer researchers. Your gifts are leveraged five fold by Federal and industry support and we thank you."

– Eric Kaler, President, University of Minnesota