The annual Hutch Award Luncheon on Feb 1 drew nearly 1,000 people and raised more than $400,000-surpassing last year's fundraising record by more than $40,000.
As in previous years, proceeds from the luncheon support early cancer detection research at the Hutchinson Center through The Gregory Fund®, a collaborative fundraising initiative of the Center and The Moyer Foundation.
Major League Baseball's Billy Butler, designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, accepted the 47th annual Hutch Award® from Center board member Karl Ege during the luncheon, which was held outdoors at Safeco Field under sunny skies. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. provided the keynote address.
Earlier in the day, Butler and his wife, Katie, visited the Hutch School, where they signed autographs and answered questions for the students, who are cancer patients or family members of patients. View a photo album of their visit and the Hutch Award Luncheon here.
Cal Ripken, Jr. also visited the Hutch School and the Center, as well, stopping by the lab of Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb and leaving his signature on her international "autograph wall."
The Hutch Award® is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of legendary baseball player and manager, and our institution's namesake, Fred Hutchinson.
Forty-seven players have received the honor since Mickey Mantle accepted the inaugural award in 1965, including baseball Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock. In recent years Jamie Moyer, Trevor Hoffman, Craig Biggio, Mike Sweeney, Jon Lester, Mark Teahen and Tim Hudson have joined their ranks. For more information, visit www.fhcrc.org/hutchaward.