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Tom Douglas teams up with Fred Hutch to obliterate cancer - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The celebrated chef will cook up a salmon dinner for thousands at Obliteride’s kick-off party
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SEATTLE – May 21, 2013 – Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and author, Tom Douglas, will indulge riders and their guests with a special Pacific Northwest salmon dinner at Obliteride’s kick-off party at Gas Works Park on Friday, August 9, 2013. All registered riders will receive two complimentary tickets to this exclusive party.

“We’re excited to team up with Obliteride and cook cancer’s butt!” said Tom Douglas. “We all know someone who has battled or died from cancer and I’m happy to support Obliteride. Fred Hutch is one of the premier cancer research centers in the world and we all need to step up and fund the important, lifesaving cancer research going on right here in our own backyard.” Douglas is the owner of 13 Seattle restaurants, recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year Award, and is credited with putting Seattle on the culinary map.

Obliteride is more than a bike ride to benefit cancer research at Fred Hutch. It’s an entire weekend of celebrations and concerts, including some well-known bands. The inaugural event is August 9-11, 2013. Participants can choose from four unique routes with various distances and terrains so all levels of riders can make their marks against cancer. A Tom Douglas dinner is the perfect start to a weekend full of high-quality meals, generous amenities, beautiful routes with rest stops every 10-15 miles, and support from start to finish.

“This amazing party catered by Tom Douglas is just one of the many ways we are thanking riders for stepping up to make a real impact in the fight against cancer,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Every rider is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. This group understands the impact cancer is having in our lives. We want to thank them for their commitment and celebrate our shared commitment to end this disease.” Obliteride’s generous donors are making it possible for 100 percent of every dollar to go directly to research at Fred Hutch, so join Obliteride and ride to end cancer.

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About Obliteride
Driven by the goal to end cancer, Obliteride is a new, community-wide effort to accelerate lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We are creating a movement of people committed to obliterating cancer and saving lives faster. It culminates in a fundraising bike ride Aug. 9-11, 2013 that will be quintessentially Northwest. Thanks to early anchor sponsors, University Village and The Sloan Foundation, and other inaugural sponsors, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to breakthrough cancer research at Fred Hutch. Join us. Ride. Donate. Volunteer. Tell others. Ending cancer starts at Fred Hutch.

Kerri Kazarba Schneider