Dear WGN Friends and Family:

I am currently entering my junior year as a music business major at Belmont University in Nashville where I am a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Many famous and influential men have been members of Phi Delta Theta since its inception in 1848, including Lou Gehrig, who was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the prime of his baseball career. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and muscles throughout the body. For this reason, the Phi Delts have taken an active role in finding a cure for this devastating disease.

The charitable branch of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is known as "Iron Phi." Iron Phi's mission is to promote and strengthen the fight against ALS through the fundraising and athletic efforts of its enduring members. To become an "Iron Phi," members of Phi Delta Theta must select an athletic endurance event, raise a minimum of $1,000 as they train for that athletic event, and accomplish the athletic event itself.

Since I have played golf competitively for years, it seemed like a marathon involving golf would be a good fit for me. My personal motivation to do this has been prompted by the news that our own family physician and dear family friend, Dr. Richard Borman is in the early stages of ALS. Feeling quite saddened and helpless over his recent diagnosis, I came upon the idea that, through an Iron Phi event, I could show support to Dr. Borman as well as contribute to the ALS Association and to the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.

On Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 through the generosity of Strawberry Creek Country Club in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I will attempt to play as many holes of golf as I possibly can from sunrise to sunset. My personal goal is to achieve 100 holes (5 rounds plus 10 holes) and raise $5,000. I will be playing alone with the use of a golf cart, but will be accompanied by several volunteers, including Dr. Borman. They will help me keep score, help me find stray balls and keep me motivated throughout the long day.

100% of all proceeds will be donated. Fifty percent will be donated to the ALS Association and fifty percent will go to support the Phi Delta Theta Foundation. I have been told by Iron Phi that my event will be their first golfing athletic endeavor. I hope you will share in this incredible adventure by supporting me in my fundraising efforts

You can make your donation by visiting my personal Iron Phi page at and clicking on the "Make a Gift" link below the thermometer. Anything you can contribute would be great appreciated! If you prefer to pay by check it can be made out to Iron Phi and sent to me at 870 W Deerpath, Lake Forest, Il 60045. Please consider that with a contribution of $150 or more, as a business or individual, you will become a sponsor of a hole. As a sponsor, one of my companions for the day will take a picture of me next to the hole holding a sign with your name or business name. Please see my website for further information or if you are paying by check, please enclose with it how you would like the sign to read.

Throughout the day, I will be updating my Facebook status with my progress. Once I have finished the event, I will be sending out an email summary of the day.

Please remember that all donations are fully tax-deductible . Thank you so much in advance for your generosity.

You can learn more at or at

Any questions or comments, please feel free to call me at 262-945-9878 or email at

Sincerely, Tyler Kreutzer (Lou's producer Lindsey's little brother!)