Brilliant sunshine, life-changing science and baseball all came together on Thursday as friends and fans of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center took to the field for the 2015 Hutch Award Luncheon held at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.
Nearly 1,000 community members, cancer researchers and sports and music celebrities sat in nearly 60-degree weather at this year’s luncheon, which honored Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, winner of the 50th annual Hutch Award. Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield, delivered the keynote address.
“I’m truly honored to have my name associated with Mr. Hutch," said Gordon, after accepting the award from Rick Hutchinson, son of the late Fred Hutchinson. “And it’s also an honor to join past winners such as Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, George Brett and Johnny Bench and many others … It’s a very humbling list to be a part of.”
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.