Sun Valley Tradition

Every August for the past 48 years, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial has gathered people from across the country around a common goal:

Find a cure for leukemia and other cancers

What began as a golf tournament among friends has expanded beyond the golf course into a three-day affair showcasing the best of Sun Valley. The traditional event lineup includes an Idaho Welcome BBQ, Live & Silent Auction Gala, Concert for a Cure, and outdoor activities that include fly fishing, sport shooting, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.

Schedule of Events

August 15 - 17, 2024

Schedule Highlights

Thursday8:00am - 4:00pmRegistration
4:00pm - 5:00pmCancer in Focus
6:00pmIdaho Welcome BBQ
Friday9:00amFirst Tournament Round
5:30pmAuction Gala
Saturday9:00amSecond Tournament Round
6:00pmAwards Reception
8:00pm - 9:30pmConcert For a Cure

Tournament Details

Participant Benefits

Choice to participate in the Golf Tournament, or as a General Participant.

Golfers receive two tournament golf rounds & the choice of one Participant Activity.

General participants may choose a Participant Activity for each day of the event.

Participant Fee – $3,000

$250 credit to Tee Gift Showroom at WHOLESALE pricing.

Entry for participant and guest to Social Functions.

Entry for participant’s guest to Social Guest Activities.

Concert for a Cure tickets for participant and guest.

GOLF Tournament Format

Golf tournament is four-person, two best-ball over two-days at Sun Valley Golf’s Trail Creek and Elkhorn Golf Courses. 

Max Handicap: Men 24 | Women 36.

Competition concludes at the River Run Lodge with trophies awarded to the three lowest scoring teams, low net and low gross, longest drive and closest to the pin for individual men and women.

Social Functions

Each day of the event features a social function where golfers and their guests can gather off the course over fine food
and drinks, live music, and other delights.

Welcome BBQ

Kick off the weekend with a Western welcome at Sun Valley’s historic Trail Creek Cabin! Dig in to classic Gem State fare to the sounds of live music and Trail Creek babbling nearby while taking in views of Bald Mountain.


Toast wins in the fight against cancer and raise paddles to a cancer-free future. The live and silent auctions feature an array of carefully curated packagesfrom exclusive experiences to  collectibles. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and dinner by one of Sun Valley’s master chefs.


The two-day tournament concludes with an awards ceremony that presents trophies to:

  • 3 lowest score teams
  • Low Gross Individual
  • Low Net Individual
  • Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin for each course, each day

for a Cure

Sing and dance along to timeless classics at River Run Lodge nestled at the base of Bald Mountain.

Saturday August 17, 2024
Doors: 7:00pm
Starts: 8:00pm

Participant Activities

On the day before the tournament (or during if you’re not a golfer), participants can choose from six activities that showcase
the beauty of the Sun Valley area. Social guests may join for an additional fee.

Practice Rounds

Tee up for competition play before the tournament at Elkhorn or Sun Valley golf courses.


Soak in the scenery of the Sawtooths floating down the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho.

Shooting Sports

Take your best shot at the Sun Valley Gun Club with trap, five-stand, or sporting clays.

Horseback Riding

Get a taste of Sun Valley’s Western heritage with a guided ride led by Sun Valley Stables.


Hone your casting skills in picturesque streams with the local knowledge of an expert guide.


Looking for a fun and easy-to-learn sport for all ages? Try the fastest growing sport in America!

Social Guest Activities

Guests of participating golfers can enjoy an array of diversions during the two days of tournament play.

Outdoor Yoga Class

Location: Pavilion Lawn (weather permitting).

Friday 9-10 a.m.
Saturday 9-10 a.m

Luncheon & Fashion show

View trends from Sun Valley's top boutiques over an al fresco lunch.

The Knob Hill Inn
Friday at 12:00pm

Crafting Class

Location: Sun Valley Inn Continental Room.

Wine Tasting/
TBD class

Location: Sun Valley Opera House Lawn (weather permitting).


Sun Valley Resort

Lodging is available at Sun Valley Resort under the KTM room block. Enjoy resort luxury at your choice of the the Lodge, the Inn, or Lodge Apartments. To take advantage of the group rate, book via the link below or call reservations with the group code.

Call 800-786-8259 or Book Online

Alternate Lodging

Knob Hill Inn

Limelight Hotel

Hotel Ketchum

Getting There

By Plane

Alaska AirlinesDelta Airlines, and United Airlines serve the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), located 12 miles from the Sun Valley Resort with daily flights to/from Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA). 

Boise (BOI)Twin Falls (TWF)Idaho Falls (IDA), and Salt Lake City (SLC) are alternative airport choices. Driving times: Boise 2.5 hours | Twin Falls 2-hours | Idaho Falls 2.75-hours | Salt Lake City 4.25-hours.

Sun Valley Express offers daily, year-round shuttle service between the Boise Airport and Sun Valley Lodge.

By Car

Traveling to Sun Valley by car affords a journey through the scenic Western landscape. Visit Hertz for your rental car needs.