(SEATTLE, WA. June 8, 2014) – Medical Teams International’s annual ‘Field of Dreams’ dinner and auction hit it out of the park at Safeco Field on Saturday evening, June 7th, raising $1.6 million to support the global and local work of the humanitarian relief and development organization. A crowd of more than 800 guests attended this major league event in Seattle, co-chaired by former Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren & his wife, Kathy Holmgren, and former Seahawk and current Jacksonville Jaguars star Red Bryant and his wife, Janelle Bryant.
Sportscaster and former Seahawk fullback Mack Strong was emcee for the evening, and radio personality John Curley wowed the crowd with his boundless energy and engaging humor as auctioneer.
Special guest speaker Mayor Alfred Romualdez movingly addressed the crowd. Mayor of Tacloban - the Philippine city hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda in early November 2013– Mayor Romualdez shared his family’s harrowing story of survival, his role in leading in the aftermath of the devastation and how over 20,000 of his surviving citizenrywas cared for by Medical Teams International. Within days of the disaster, MTI shipped needed medicines and medical supplies and mobilized 15 teams of volunteer medical professionals to reach and care for survivors in Tacloban City and surrounding regions.
“We are so thankful for the overwhelming outpouring of support for the work of MTI and the generosity of all who sponsored and attended this special event,” said Jeff Pinneo, President & CEO of Medical Teams International. “Because of their compassion and partnership, Medical Teams International can provide care to the most vulnerable people in our world, and we’re truly grateful.”
Major sponsors included Alaska Airlines, Bicycle Adventures, and Cenorin.
Since 2000, MTI’s Field of Dreams Dinner and Auction has raised more than $12 million for the work of Medical Teams International and the people they serve affected by poverty, conflict and disaster. For more information, go to www.medicalteams.org.