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Founded in 2006, the TDL Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to extending Tim Letter’s legacy through donations and works that improve life for individuals and communities in need. Tim Letter exemplified the power that an individual can have to positively influence and shape the lives of those close to him, and the TDL Foundation attempts to further his life’s model by reaching out to whole communities.  

Each year, members of the foundation gather for a memorial golf tournament that celebrates and renews the commitment to extend Tim’s legacy. In its early years, the foundation donated exclusively to heart and lung research institutions doing some of the finest work in the world: the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine/ARDS Research division at Johns Hopkins University, the Heart Rhythm Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division at the University of Pennsylvania.

Furthermore, in keeping with our mission, we have expanded the work of the foundation by helping to improve the lives of individuals and communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Tim Letter loved New Orleans, its great people, and unique culture. The tournament celebrates these things, but equally important, the foundation seeks to positively impact the individuals, communities, and culture of the city that we all share. Thus, in recent years the organization has supported community involvement in New Orleans.

Proceeds from annual TDL events go to Rebuilding Together, a division of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, which revitalizes houses and communities, especially for low-income elderly and disabled citizens; Roots of Music, an organization that “empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city;” and Café Reconcile, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of at-risk youth in New Orleans by providing life skills and professional training in the food service industry. To date, the Foundation has contributed over $100,000 to these organizations.

In 2015, the TDL Foundation established a “Golden Stepper” award, which honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the foundation. The award’s name derives from a saying that Tim Letter often used: “Ain’t no hill for a stepper,” and its recipients not only exemplify the values that our father lived by, but they also represent the selfless generosity and commitment to a larger communal goal that our foundation aspires to. Previous “Golden Stepper award winners include:

2015    Mr. Christopher Bravender

2016    Mr. Andrew Kelly

2017    Mr. Michael Clark

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Our I.R.S. Identification No. is 41-2232970.

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