The 2nd Annual Valerie Kiper Golf Tournament was held on Monday October 9th at La Paloma Course at Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, TX. This annual golf tournament is held in honor of Dr. Valerie Kiper, who was diagnosed with ALS in December 2020. She currently serves as the Regional Dean of Texas Tech School of Nursing.  

Valerie has received the service of Voice and Message Banking through Team Gleason, allowing a synthetic version of her voice to be created using recordings. Valerie is an accomplished nurse with more than four decades in the profession and now teaches the next generation. She has been named a Top 25 Nurse and now spearheads the initiative. Well loved by the community, she was honored with the Dr. Valerie Kiper Leadership Scholarship named after her. 

The second year of this event was a major success as Valerie was surrounded by family, friends, and community members for a beautiful day of golf. More than 150 golfers made up over 38 teams for the sold-out tournament. In true Texas fashion, a Poker Chip draw was held and raised $5000! Another raffle, Swing for the Bling, included amazing prizes donated by Barnes Jewelry.

The walkway to hole one was lined on both sides with the names of people living with ALS; some in memory and others in honor of.

All event proceeds will benefit Team Gleason Foundation to improve life for people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology and equipment, as well as providing and empowering an improved life experience. 

Overall, the 2nd Annual Valerie Kiper Golf Tournament raised over $69,000! Special thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event such a success.

Winning Teams:  

Flight 1 

  • 1st Place – Amarillo National Bank 
  • 2nd Place – King Country Trailers 
  • 3rd Place – Junk Monkey 

Flight 2 

  • 1st Place – Estacar 
  • 2nd Place – Richard Constancio 
  • 3rd Place – Craig Neiman Team 

Longest Drive 

  • Men – Marcus Stockton
  • Ladies – Ronna Hopson


  • Closest to the Pin – Trevor Williams

Don’t forget to save the date for the 3rd Annual Valerie Kiper Golf Tournament – October 14th, 2024! More details to come.