Guild Board Members
Cori Omundson, President
Caitlin Foster, Communications Chair
Elizabeth Barndt, Sponsorship Chair
Katy Cox, Event Chair
Lauren Hughes, Guild Chair
Nila Oldenkamp, Volunteer Chair
40 Years of the Hutch Holiday Gala
Grace Heffernan Arnold was born in Port Townsend, Wash., and moved to Seattle in the early 1900s. After her marriage to Lawrence M. Arnold, she became a tireless philanthropist in the Seattle community. In 1955, Grace Heffernan Arnold along with Dr. William Hutchinson helped found the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation (PNRF), the first non-profit biomedical research organization in the Northwest and predecessor to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
When Dr. Hutchinson's brother, Fred Hutchinson, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1963 and died one year later at the age of 45, Dr. Hutchinson was determined to create a center devoted to the study of cancer.
Through PNRF, the Arnold family helped Dr. Hutchinson launch Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1972. Unfortunately, Grace did not live to see their dream come to fruition. She herself died of cancer, as did one son, Lawrence H. Arnold.
After their deaths, her husband and other son, Robert M. Arnold, donated a library to Fred Hutch in their memory.
In 1975, the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild was formed to honor her memory. Beginning in 1975 as a small dinner party, the Guild's efforts slowly evolved into what is today the Hutch Holiday Gala.
The Arnold Guild has helped raise more than $100 million over the past 40 years, providing vital support for Fred Hutch's mission to eliminate cancer and related diseases.
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