Welcome to The Derek Griffitts Foundation

Derek Griffitts, son of Harry and Denise Griffitts and brother to Lindsey Griffitts, was an honor student at Lutheran High School of St. Charles and held a passion for sports. He competed in numerous teams throughout his life including TaeKwonDo, Baseball, Track & Field, Basketball and concentrated on and excelled at Soccer, Football, Wrestling and Golf during his years at Lutheran High School. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Arkansas Razorback fan and had hopes of attending the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. In May of his junior year in high school, he was diagnosed with an inoperable high grade glioma brain tumor. He spent the entire summer before his senior year receiving radiation treatments daily and then underwent an aggressive chemotherapy treatment throughout the remainder of his life. Eleven (11) months after his diagnosis, he passed away on April 2, 2016, just short of his high school graduation at the age of 18.

Derek was a kind soul, quiet, yet with a quick and witty sense of humor, and a friend to all. He is incredibly loved and eternally missed by his family and friends. The Griffitts family is excited and blessed to keep his memory alive through The Derek Griffitts Foundation. Within this not-for-profit organization, the Foundation will provide a scholarship in Derek’s memory and also disburse funds collected to the Washington University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, as well as other organizations that help children and families struggling with pediatric cancer. The Griffitts family is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the school, community and medical institutions who helped them so much through this difficult time in their lives. Our most sincere thanks and blessings to each and everyone who has made The Derek Griffitts Foundation possible through participation in fundraising events and generous donations.

DG Gives Back

Denise Griffitts with Finn Blankenburg, first recipient of the DG Memorial Scholarship

We are happy to announce the very first recipient of the Derek Griffitts Memorial Scholarship was awarded on May 22, 2018 to Finn Thomas Blankenburg. Finn is the son of Kurt and Shannon Blankenburg and will be attending Lutheran High School of St. Charles County in the Fall of 2018. We congratulate Finn and his accomplishments and we look forward to him carrying on Derek’s passion for sports and academics at LHS. Most importantly, we are grateful for the blessings provided to the Derek Griffitts Foundation to make the scholarship in Derek’s memory possible.

For more information on the scholarship requirements and application, please click HERE.

Event Registration/Sponsorship

The Derek Griffitts Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual Derek Griffitts Memorial Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at Old Hickory Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Dr, St Charles, MO 63304. Directions to Old Hickory click HERE.

This will be a 4-Man scramble event with a shotgun start at 11am.

Please consider playing, volunteering, or a tournament sponsorship/donation in memory of Derek Griffitts.

Click HERE for registration

Tournament Details:

Cost: $520/4-man team ($130/golfer)
Registration/check-in begins at 9:30
Shotgun start at 11:00
Starter kit and snacks for each golfer
Light lunch served on the course
Bloody Mary bar, beer, soda and water included and served on the course
Plated Dinner included for each golfer after tournament

Additional games during the golf tournament to include:
(Must be Paid at Registration)
Mulligan’s – $20 per team (2 per player)
50/50 Skins game – $20 per team
Sawgrass Challenge – $20 per team
On the course games:
Closest to pin 50/50 hole – $5 per golfer
Choose your hole par three – $5 per golfer
Deal or no Deal on a Par5 – $20 per team per draw

New This Year!

Don’t play golf? You can still be part of the event by joining us for the DINNER and AUCTION!

Dinner Details:
Cost for non-golfer: $40/person

Registration for dinner-only is located under the golf registration link; non-golfers MUST have a reservation.

Seated Dinner and Auction to begin at 5:00 PM.

Dinner Menu:
Mixed Green Salad w/house Italian Dressing
Chicken Modega
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Vegetable Medley
Derek’s favorite desserts (choice between):
Chocolate Cake or New York Style Cheese Cake


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