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Seen at the Scene: Hutch Award Luncheon

The annual Hutch Award Luncheon on February 1st, 2012 drew nearly 1,000 people andraised more than $400,000 - a new fundraising record for that event. The luncheon -- held outdoors at Safeco Field -- supports early cancer detection research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through The Gregory Fund (r), a collaboration with The Moyer Foundation.

Billy Butler, designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, accepted the 47th annual award from Hutchinson Center board member Karl Ege. 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.

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, Fred Hutchinson. Forty-seven players have received the honor since Mickey Mantle accepted the inaugural award in 1965. If you'd like to know more, visit

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Photo Credits: Tricia Johnson, Team Photogenic & Dean Forbes, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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