Hutch Holiday Gala


Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild

Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild

Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild at the 2012 Gala


Amy Watkins, President
Katy Cox, Guild Chair
Malia Edwards, Wine Chair
Becky Byrd, Event Chair
Megan Behrmann, Volunteer Chair
Victoria Wenick, Procurement Chair


Elizabeth Barndt
Aubrey Boaz
Dana Brown
Kelly Campbell
Rebecca Christopfel
Stephanie Crabtree
Meghan Hannes
Kim Howard
Lauren Hughes
Brittany James
Lis Kanyer
Kay Kim
Caitlin Mason
Nila Oldenkamp
Cori Omundson
Kenneth Ottrix
Anissa Pascale
Carol Roll
Deanne Thai
Marci Ungel


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 tireless philanthropist in the Seattle community. In 1955, Grace Heffernan Arnold along with Dr. William Hutchinson helped found the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation (PNRF), the first non-profit biomedical research organization in the Northwest and predecessor to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

When Dr. Hutchinson's brother, Fred Hutchinson, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1963 and died one year later at the age of 45, Dr. Hutchinson was determined to create a center devoted to the study of cancer.

Through PNRF, the Arnold family helped Dr. Hutchinson launch Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1972. Unfortunately, Grace did not live to see their dream come to fruition. She herself died of cancer, as did one son, Lawrence H. Arnold.

After their deaths, her husband and other son, Robert M. Arnold, donated a library to the Hutchinson Center in their memory.

In 1975, the Grace Heffernan Arnold Guild was formed to honor her memory. Beginning in 1975 as a small dinner party, the Guild's efforts slowly evolved into what is today the Hutch Holiday Gala.

The Arnold Guild has raised more than $86.2 million over the past 37 years, providing vital support for the Hutchinson Center's mission to eliminate cancer and related diseases.

For more information about the Arnold Guild or Fred Hutch please contact:
or 206.667.4149

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.