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:
- 2011 Acadia Denali SUV raised $50,000;
- Culinary tour of Spain raised $20,000;
- Rome Fashion Week trip raised $15,000; and a
- "Cars of the Stars" tour, including private jet and tour of the private car collection of comedian Jay Leno, sold for $70,000 at $7,000 per person.
Comedian Kevin Nealon of “Saturday Night Live” fame served as celebrity emcee of the black tie event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.fhcrc.org/gala.