Donations at the 35th anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala Dec. 4 totaled more than $5.6 million for Hutchinson Center research. The single largest fundraiser for the Center, the Gala has now generated more than $75 million since its inception in 1975.
During a segment of the live auction, called “Help the Hutch,” members of the Bezos family encouraged guests to complete their $10 million challenge gift—first announced at the 2009 Gala—to fund the Hutchinson Center’s Immunotherapy Initiative. Spurred by the Bezos’ offer to match donations dollar-for-dollar, guests completed the challenge goal.
Best auction items
An impressive array of silent and live auction items drew lively bidding. Here’s a sample:
Comedian Kevin Nealon of “Saturday Night Live” fame served as celebrity emcee of the black tie event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
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