Former Indianapolis Colt Ryan Diem Partners with Cast A Bigger Net to Produce Inaugural B4 Fest to Fight Childhood Cancer

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 Former Indianapolis Colt Ryan Diem Partners with Cast A Bigger Net to Produce Inaugural B4 Fest to Fight Childhood Cancer

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INDIANAPOLIS - Former Colt’s player Ryan Diem and the Allie & Friends Foundation have partnered with local event organizer, Cast A Bigger Net, to produce the inaugural B4 Fest event on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Balmoral House in Fishers, Indiana. B4 Fest will combine Barbeque, Bourbon, Beer and more to create a memorable charitable event that will raise funds to battle pediatric cancer.

For the last 12 years, Zionsville resident and former Colts offensive lineman, Ryan Diem, and his wife Julie have been active in the Allie & Friends Foundation, which began as a golf outing to raise money for Allie Neff, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2004 and eventually succumbed to the cancer in 2006. The Foundation continues to raise money for research into childhood cancer, which is the leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

In addition to what has become an annual golf classic in Illinois, Diem is expanding fundraising efforts to his home state, Indiana, with the inaugural B4 Fest this year. Joining him in his efforts is Chris Reed, founder of Cast A Bigger Net. Diem said, “Chris was gracious enough to put this event together, and personally I can’t wait for September 30 to meet a lot of new people that want to join us in tackling pediatric cancer.”

As a proud NFL alumni, Diem has asked the NFL Almuni-Indy Chapter to unite with him in his endeavor. Krissy Garrett, Chapter Relation Coordinator said, “The NFL Almni-Indy Chapter is happy to support one of our own, Ryan Diem, and his charity Allie and Friends Foundation in the battle bighting pediatric cancer through our ‘Caring for Kids’ mission.”

Diem had the vision for a local event and Reed had the background and resources to help make it happen. “Creating a fundraiser that would appeal to a wide variety of people is what we were after when creating B4 Fest”, Reed said. “Hosting it at the right location was the first decision, which is why I partnered with Balmoral House. Next, we brought in award-winning City Barbeque, because having good Barbeque is foundational for B4 Fest.

“Beer was the next element to the B$ Fest Benefit, and Two Deep Brewing, Redemption Alewerks, and Brew Link Brewing came on board. Each of these breweries are well known in Indianapolis, and they promise to bring out something for everyone,” Reed said.

The Bourbon selection is underway with the goal of having tastings for all. Davidoff Cigars from Blend Bar Cigar will be featured as well. Legendary DJ Sunny Moon will be setting the tone with great music and the patio will be the place for attendees to engage in games such as Cornhole and Fowling.

Tickets are on sale now. General public tickets have been limited to 125 with an additional 60 VIP/Sponsor tickets and 40 more for NFL Alumni, which will make this all-inclusive event not just fun, but very exclusive. Visit to purchase tickets while they last.


ALLIE & FRIENDS FOUNDATION is a nonprofit organization co-founded by retired Indianapolis Colts lineman Ryan Diem that creates a positive atmosphere for generating charitable contributions to fund the battle against pediatric cancer. A&FF is committed to helping find a cure for this devastating disease through research, and supporting families in need through education. A&FF also desires to utilize its platform to increase awareness and advocate for those in need. A&FF will fund research grants and clinical trials, and educate the public about a disease dramatically lacking in funding. Allie & Friends Foundation, Inc. (“A&FF”) is an Indiana nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players’ Philanthropy Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information on A&FF visit their website at


THE NFL ALUMNI-INDY CHAPTER is a 501(c)(3) organization composed primarily of former professional football players guided in their volunteer efforts by the motto "Caring for Kids". The NFL Alumni-Indy Chapter also serves as a passionate advocate for greater quality of life benefits for all former NFL players. The Association eagerly pursues greater benefits and the implementation of programmatic services devoted to enhancing the health, productive acuity of retired NFL players and their families.

CAST A BIGGER NET is a unique event marketing company founded by entrepreneur Chris Reed that makes it possible for clients to host extraordinary events with purpose. From inspiration to execution, all the way to post event wrap up, Cast A Bigger Net has skills and resources to minimize the budget and maximize results that have a positive impact on brand and reputation. For more information go to or call 317-218-7990.

BALMORAL HOUSE is a distinctive event space rich in both charm and uniqueness, unparalleled to any other venue in the Indianapolis area. Once a private residence, this 10,000 square foot estate is now an exquisite wedding and event venue. Conveniently located in the city of Fishers just minutes from hotels, shopping and interstates I-69 and I-465. For more information go to or call 317-288-8741.

Chris Reed, Media Contact
8235 Lakeshore Trail W. Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 626-1177