Steel Tip Dart Tournament Fundraiser Set to Help the Matter Family

Steel Tip Dart Tournament Fundraiser to help the Matter family set for September 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Lori’s husband, Mike, and the father of her four children, died tragically and unexpectedly this past June at the age of 51 in Ft. Wayne. Mike was a member of Redeemer as is his entire family. His death occurred after nearly two full days of surgery. The next day his oldest son, Oscar, underwent five hours of surgery in Chicago and then was in ICU for five days. Mike’s employer canceled his insurance at midnight on the day that he died. The family was able, eventually, to pay the very expensive premium for Cobra, but their high deductible was reset to zero and neither hospital has been willing to accept what either insurance policy has been willing to pay. On top of this, of course, the family has lost Mike’s income. Lori’s ability to work is somewhat hindered by the demands of their youngest son, Arthur, who has Down Syndrome. They need our prayers and our help.

Mike played darts at Redeemer. So we thought it fitting to host a small steel tip dart tournament in his honor and to raise a bit of money for his family. The tournament will be a blind draw round-robin Cricket tournament. We will play six rounds and all players are guaranteed six games. Games will be played simultaneously and have a 25 minute time limit. Players will re-draw between each round. Statistics will be kept for each player (marks per round, special feats, and win or loss). The statistics will be used to determine a 1st and 2nd place winner for the tournament, both of whom will receive some sort of small trophy. There will not be any prize money. The tournament will end no later than 8:00 pm.

The entry fee is $15. That fee buys a spot in the tournament, pizza, snacks, one 16 oz. beer (Mad Anthony’s Hopsquatch or Auburn on tap), one raffle ticket, and all the soft drinks a player wants. Additional beer will be available at $3 / 16 oz. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $3 also.  The raffle will include a couple of sets of high percentage tungsten darts and some other dart stuff, such as flights and stems. We will also have a few donated non-dart items in the raffle. Winners have to be present for the raffle, which will take place at approximately 6:00 pm, in order to win. All profits will go to the family. We are expecting to get a Thrivent Action Team grant to underwrite the cost of food and supplies.

To register for the tournament, fill out the form below. If you cannot come and/or would like to make an additional donation to the Matter family, you can use the Donate button on the sidebar to the right.

If you need further information please contact Jane Casey at (260) 744-2585 or