Hutch Award Luncheon

Hutch Award Luncheon

A Unique Opportunity to Support Fred Hutch While Dining on the Mariners’ Home Field

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Thank you for stepping up to the plate!

Because of your generosity and an incredible matching gift, we raised more than $577,000 at the 2019 Hutch Award Luncheon. Thank you!

At Fred Hutch, we are working toward nothing less than cures — for every patient. Your gifts accelerate research so new treatments can move from the lab to patients faster. We are so grateful for your support.

July 2020
Host or Sponsor:
Fred Hutch
T-Mobile Park
1250 1st Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134
All guests are asked to donate $150 or more.
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2019 Hutch Award Luncheon Gallery

Photos by Paul Conrath

2019 Keynote Speaker

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at the University of Michigan, won the James E. Sullivan Award in 1987, and was the pitcher for the gold medal-winning U.S. men's Olympic baseball team in 1988. In September 1993, he threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland. Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big-league playing career in 1999.

For Jim, no obstacle is too big to overcome. In 1995, he was the winner of the Hutch Award.

In addition to his baseball legacy, Jim has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy on several initiatives that encourage businesses to hire people with disabilities.

Today, in addition to serving as a guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim is a motivational speaker. His story has been featured in "Time" and "Sports Illustrated"; and he has appeared on ESPN, "Good Morning America" and CNN. In October 2018, a new documentary on his inspiring life, "Set Apart: The Jim Abbott Story" premiered on Fox.

Jim lives in California with his wife and two children and their dog. They still spend their summers in Michigan with Jim's parents, visiting family and friends and enjoying the lakes.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is honored to welcome Jim Abbott as our keynote speaker for the 2019 Hutch Award Luncheon.

54th Hutch Award Winner

Stephen Piscotty

Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics

Stephen Piscotty’s well-documented journey through adversity (as seen in this SportsCenter Featured Segment) began in 2017 when his mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS. Stephen was an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals at the time and had to shoulder the responsibilities of both a Major League Baseball player and a son to a mother with a progressive neurodegenerative disease 2,000 miles away. That year, Stephen had the worst season of his playing career, hitting just .235, with nine home runs, 39 RBI, and a .708 OPS.

Following an offseason trade to play for his hometown Oakland A’s, Stephen was able to move home and live with his parents and two younger brothers. Six months after the trade, on May 6, 2018, Gretchen passed away with Stephen and the entire Piscotty family by her side.

While the A’s left for an East Coast road trip, Stephen stayed home for three days to mourn the loss of his mother with his family and closest friends. When he rejoined the club in Boston, he hit a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat, sparking a four-plus-month run that culminated in the best season of his career. Setting career-highs in home runs (27), RBIs (88), and WAR (3.0). Stephen overcame personal tragedy to help propel the Athletics to their first postseason appearance since 2014. He was honored with the 2018 BBWAA Bill Rigney Good Guy Award and 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award.

Now married, Stephen and his wife reside close to home in the Bay Area as he lives out his lifelong dream of playing for his hometown Oakland A's.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is honored to pay tribute to Stephen Piscotty as the 54th Hutch Award winner.

Planning Committee

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Jesse Ottele, Co-chair
Newmark Knight Frank

Sheri Ward, Co-chair

Karen Balek

Ben Eickhoff
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Dave Eskenazi
Allied Asset Management, Inc.

Gina Hasson
Seattle Mariners

Dave Mandley
Private Portfolio Group, LLC

McKenzie Mitchell
Seattle Mariners

David Mushen
The Mushen Financial Group

Jay Orum

Luke Posthuma

Charlotte Reed
CR Associates

Peter Tobin

Steve Winslow
CFO Selections

Dave Dravecky

Shannon Drayer

Dave Mann

Karen Moyer

Rick Rizzs
Seattle Mariners

Bonnie Towne

Ren Whiting

Last Modified, September 05, 2019