Grace Notes Gala Raises $800,000 to Fight Breast Cancer
Komen Puget Sound benefactors and friends gathered at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Saturday, March 7 to raise more than $800,000 in support of the fight against breast cancer.
Attended by hundreds of civic and business leaders, the annual Grace Notes Gala spotlighted two courageous breast cancer survivors, Lynda Weatherby and Alexis Coffer, who shared their stories. Komen Scholars/researchers Dr. Mary-Claire King, Dr. Julie Gralow and Dr. Ben Anderson were interviewed by KING5’s Jean Enersen about efforts to improve breast cancer diagnosis, treatments and the quest for a cure.
Seventy-five percent of net funds raised at the annual gala provide essential services such as free mammograms, patient navigation and breast cancer treatment support to those in need in Western Washington, as well as outreach and education. The remaining 25 percent goes directly to fund breast cancer research.
“I’m grateful and also amazed at the generosity of our donors and sponsors who were moved to raise $800,000 in just one night,” said David Richart, executive director of Komen Puget Sound. “This year especially, our efforts are helping address the terrible burden of breast cancer upon our community.”