The Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic is Kansas City’s premiere golf outing and funds a great cause: ALS research. Charitable golfers play a round of golf at beautiful LionsGate while mingling with hometown heroes, including Tom Watson and George Brett. DBJ has supported amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research for over a decade, and after again sponsoring the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic in 2017 received a special thank you from none other than retired third baseman and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, George Brett.
Brett started to raise money for the Keith Worthington Chapter, now the The ALS Mid-America Chapter, during his playing career in the mid-1980s. Brett had met and befriended Worthington in the 70s and experienced firsthand the ravages of ALS as the previously very active business man went from a cane, to crutches, to a wheelchair. Brett recalls in an interview with the Star, “This is what really got me hooked on this: He [Worthington] said, ‘I know they’ll never find a cure in my lifetime. All I’ve been trying to do is help raise money for fund raising to save others.’ ” And that is what George Brett has been helping to do.
DBJ is proud to have joined George Brett, Tom Watson, and many others lucky to call Kansas City home in supporting ALS Mid-America for the past 14 years, and Grant Davis was able to attend the kick-off brunch and interview Tom Watson last year. You can also view the thank you video from Tom Watson.