Golf outing to benefit family of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner

  • Deputy Jacob Keltner -- End of Watch 3-7-19

    Deputy Jacob Keltner -- End of Watch 3-7-19

Submitted by Gayla Smith
Updated 6/17/2019 4:28 PM

The Midwest BBQ for the Brave Golf Outing will benefit the family of slain McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The fundraiser outing will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ruffled Feathers Golf Course, 1 Pete Dye Drive in Lemont.

The Midwest BBQ for the Brave has partnered with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to support the family of Deputy Jacob Keltner. Keltner was shot and killed in the line of duty in Rockford, Ill., while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. He leaves behind a wife and two small children.


The Tunnel to Towers Foundation's Fallen First Responder Home Program supports the families of our law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency workers who have lost their lives under extraordinary circumstances in the line of duty. Its mission is to provide a support system for the surviving family. The program pays off the home mortgage, allowing the family to stay in their home and keep the memories of their loved ones close.

When Gayla Smith, president of the Midwest BBQ for the Brave, and Frank Siller, CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, discussed the possibility of a local event, Siller explained that the Keltner children were very young.

At this news, Smith was determined to help this family. She was confident that the Midwest BBQ for the Brave Team would be ready to help, and they enthusiastically embraced this new mission.

"We have the best team in the Midwest when it comes to supporting our military and law enforcement families," Smith said.

Net proceeds of the Aug. 14 golf outing will be donated to the Fallen First Responders Home Program for the Keltner family.

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Will you help? There is still time to get involved and contribute to this worthy event! Whether you want to golf, sponsor a hole, or donate a raffle or auction item, you can find all the details on

Foursomes are available for $1,200. Hole sponsorships are $250, and there are several additional giving opportunities. Raffle and auction items are needed to help raise funds.

The Midwest BBQ for the Brave is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donation receipts will be provided to all sponsors.

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