Baseball season comes early in Seattle once again as friends and fans of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center take the field for the 2015 Hutch Award Luncheon, which will be held Thursday at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.
Nearly 1,000 community members, cancer researchers and sports celebrities will attend this year’s luncheon and silent auction, which will honor Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, winner of the 50th annual Hutch Award. Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield will deliver the keynote address.
“It was a great honor to be selected for the Hutch Award,” Gordon said during a visit to the Fred Hutch campus on Wednesday. “It’s really impressive and it has a lot of history. You look at some of the names [of past winners] – Mickey Mantle, George Brett, Johnny Bench. I just saw my name on the plaque outside with all of those guys. It’s definitely humbling.”
The Hutch Award is presented annually to a Major League Baseball player who exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of the late Fred Hutchinson, the beloved pitcher and manager who died of lung cancer at the age of 45. After his death, Seattle surgeon Dr. Bill Hutchinson helped to create the world-class research center as a living memorial to his younger brother’s memory.