Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild

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Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild

Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild

Arnold Guild at the 2017 Gala

Established in 1975, the Arnold Guild was one of the first guilds to raise funds for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Arnold Guild is named for and honors civic leader, Grace Heffernan Arnold, a tireless philanthropist in the Seattle community who died of cancer in 1960 at the age of 62.

The mission of the Arnold Guild is to assist the fundraising efforts of Fred Hutch by helping to coordinate the successful Hutch Holiday Gala. The goals of the Arnold Guild are to have fun, meet the financial goals of the Guild, and to promote awareness of the Hutch and its goal to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.

Grace Heffernan Arnold

Grace Heffernan Arnold


Grace Heffernan Arnold was born in Port Townsend, Wash., and moved to Seattle in the early 1900s. After her marriage to Lawrence M. Arnold, she became a philanthropist in the Seattle community. Among her many interests, she was a founder of the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to medical research and a predecessor of Fred Hutch. After her death, her husband and her son, Robert M. Arnold, donated a library to the Hutch in memory of her and her other son, Lawrence H. Arnold, who also died of cancer.


The Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild spends numerous hours planning and executing key elements of the annual Hutch Holiday Gala. This year’s Gala will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018. More than 800 business and community leaders will attend this dinner, auction, and dance. To date, the event has raised more than $126 million to benefit cancer research at Fred Hutch.


Arnold Guild members attend monthly meetings, serve as active committee members, set-up on the day of the event, and attend or volunteer at the Gala.


For more information, contact:
(206) 667-5492