Foreigner

The four-day Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament will wrap up with a concert by Foreigner at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

    Tickets are on sale for the band Foreigner, which will play at the Sun Valley Pavilion as part of the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. The benefit concert will be on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $50 for regular seating and $250 for a VIP pass, which includes premium seating and an invitation to a pre-concert cocktail party at 6:30 p.m.

    “The cocktail party will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the band,” said Hannah Stauts, executive director of the tournament.

    Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976. It has sold more than 80 million records, making it one of the world’s best-selling bands, according to Wikipedia. Its most popular single was “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Other hits include “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded.”

    “It’s been really fun to look for bands in that era. It’s going to be a huge hit with the demographic,” Stouts said.

    Artists booked by the tournament in the past include the Doobie Brothers and Kenny Loggins.

    According to Stouts, the concert yields a significant portion of the tournament’s overall funds, which are donated to cancer research.

    This year is the 40th anniversary of the tournament, which began in 1976 as the Danny Thompson Memorial, in honor of Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Thompson, who died of leukemia at age 29.

    “He continued to play even after his diagnosis, and became known for being someone who didn’t let cancer keep him from doing what he wanted to do,” Stauts said.

    The annual golf tournament to benefit cancer research was co-founded by Thompson’s friend and former Minnesota Twins teammate, Harmon Killebrew. Killebrew died of esophageal cancer in 2010, at age 74, and the tournament was renamed the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial, Stauts said.

    The tournament has raised more than $14 million since its inception, and last year it raised $950,000.

    “This year, for our 40th anniversary, our goal is to hit the $1 million mark,” Stauts said.

    The funds are donated to the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis.

    Former Rep. Ralph Harding from southeastern Idaho was a co-founder of the tournament, and the event still attracts members of Congress who come to Sun Valley to participate each year.

    Roughly 200 golfers take part, Stauts said.

    The concert used to open the four-day event, but now it is the grand finale. Tickets for Foreigner are on sale at www.sunvalley.ticketfly.com or 622-2135.

Email the writer: eyoumans@mtexpress.com

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