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Medical Teams International Raises nearly $1.7 million at 'Field of Dreams'

by Lee Keller | Dec 05, 2013

(BELLEVUE, WASH. - June 11, 2008) Friends of Medical Teams International hit a grand slam at Safeco Field last weekend when they raised a record $1,684,000 to help impoverished families around the world.

More than 800 people attended the “Field of Dreams,” a dinner and auction featuring Medical Teams International’s lifesaving work and in a life-sized, walkthrough multimedia exhibit. Jeff and Janey Pinneo and Jim and Joy Zorn chaired this major league event.

Honorary chairs were Mike and Kathy Holmgren, Susan and Andy Hutchison, John and Ginny Meisenbach, Marilyn Smith and Chris Warjone. Procurement chairs were Duane and Julie Duim and John and Heidi Marsh; corporate sponsorship chairs were Ann Klein and Lee Foote. Newspaper columnist Patti Payne was emcee for the evening. Janey Pinneo, a nurse at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, spoke to the group about her volunteer service in war-torn Uganda.

Media: Electronic photos from the 2008 ‘Field of Dreams’ event are available online or by calling 206.799.3805.

“It was an unbelievable and memorable evening that will touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” says Bas Vanderzalm, President of Medical Teams International. “The generosity of our donors will bring hope and healing to so many families who are in desperate need. The support of Seattle-area businesses, along with countless hours worked by volunteers, helped make this a record-breaking total for Medical Teams International.”

Boeing was the World Series sponsor. Grand Slam sponsors included Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air; CENORIN; Franciscan Health System; ExOfficio; MCM; and the Washington Dental Service Foundation.

Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,700 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.