The Killebrew-Thompson Memorial golf tournament at Sun Valley Resort has a new executive director, Hannah Stauts, and a new event coordinator, Stephanie Carlson.
Both are full speed ahead planning the 40th annual four-day tournament that begins Wednesday, Aug. 17 on the Sun Valley and Elkhorn golf courses. The event raises funds for leukemia and cancer research.
Stauts, a Boise State University and Montana State graduate, served as KTM tournament event coordinator the past two years before accepting the job as executive director.
Ten years ago, she was elected mayor of Stanley, Idaho 60 miles north of Ketchum—becoming at 22 the youngest female mayor in U.S. annals.
“I’m so pleased and honored to assume the position of executive director for KTM, especially during a milestone year celebrating 40 years of raising funds for cancer research,” said Stauts in a press release.
In 39 years, the Killebrew-Thompson has raised more than $14 million for cancer research, split between Univ. of Minnesota-Masonic Cancer Research Center in Minneapolis and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) of Boise.
Since MSTI opened in 1969, it has become Idaho’s largest provider of cancer care services. And the Killebrew-Thompson tournament has become an integral part of MSTI’s fundraising.
Net proceeds for leukemia research from last year’s KTM tournament broke records at $950,000, according to a tournament press release.
Stauts said, “We’ve come a long way in the last 40 years. We plan to keep that momentum going and set our goal at $1 million for our 40th anniversary.”
Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, who died in 2011, co-founded the Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament with business partner Ralph Harding in 1977. In 2012 the tourney was renamed Killebrew-Thompson.
Infielder Danny Thompson was a Minnesota Twins teammate of Killebrew. After Thompson died of leukemia in 1976 at 29, Killebrew and Harding founded the tourney.
This year’s events include the second annual Cancer Research Forum, open to the public on Aug. 18. The tournament week closes Saturday with a benefit concert featuring Foreigner, at the Sun Valley Pavilion Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.