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Hutch Holiday Gala Raises $6.1 + Million!

We are thrilled to share that this year's Hutch Holiday Gala (the 36th annual), raised more than $6.1 Million!  

Seattle is known nationally as one of the most philanthropic cities in the country, and events like this one (along with the success of last weeks O'Christmas Trees Gala and Auction) proves the statistic.   

Our wonderful contributor Andrea Ward, "Seattle's Voice Of Fashion," covered this beautiful event.  Here's what she had to say. "A Divine Debut of Distinctive Style... Defined Sophistication was the theme in fashion at the Fred Hutch Gala Saturday night. A sea of black floated through the room as the tux's pranced through the eve at the arm of their favorite lady. Sheer elegance was the taste from Oscar to nameless looks in immaculate design of taffeta, silks, and velvets . Sparkle accented, and sequins and lush coupe de Velour . Lavish and Luxurious - sheer silhouettes instigated a touch of the more provocative for that confident woman. Majestic as the Pacific Northwest "she" knows how to step out in royal style ."

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Official Press Release below:


Guests meet a challenge to fund research in basic sciences


            SEATTLE – The 36th anniversary Hutch Holiday Gala raised more than $6.1 million for research at Fred Hutchinson CancerResearch Center.The black-tie event, held Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, incorporated electronic guest registration at check-in and interactive, electronic tablet bidding devices for silent and wine auctions. The live auction and program featured images from the Hutchinson Center’s research labs on a 244-foot wraparound video screen.

A trip to Africa – including an exclusive tour of the Uganda Cancer Institute and the future site of the UCI/Hutchinson Center Clinic and Training Institute in Kampala – raised $123,000, selling to three winning bidders for $41,000 each. The future facility will be the first collaborative comprehensive cancer center in sub-Saharan Africa.

A portion of Gala auction funds – generously matched dollar for dollar by two anonymous families – will support the Center’s Basic Sciences program, aimed at eliminating cancer and related diseases. Researchers from this scientific division play a critical role in uncovering the mechanisms by which cells work and how they become altered with age, environmental and genetic manipulation. 

In its 36-year history, the Hutch Holiday Gala has raised more than $81 million in support of research at the Hutchinson Center. Presented by the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild and the Hutch Holiday Gala board of directors, the Gala featured live and silent auctions, an elegant dinner and entertainment with more than 700 business and community leaders in attendance. For more information or to make a contribution call the Hutchinson Center at 206-667-5492 or visit


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