2020 NWABR ANNUAL Gala: Beating Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus


Change of date and going to virtual

In the hope we could wait out the coronavirus pandemic, NWABR postponed its Gala to September 24, 2020. It is now clear we still cannot celebrate safely in person, so we are taking the Gala online.

Join us virtually for #ThanksRESEARCH GALA
september 24, 2020 @ 6pm

NWABR’s annual gala is both a fundraiser and a celebration of biomedical research. 

Register Here

Beating Type 1 diabetes mellitus (t1d)

Join us this year as we celebrate researchers and community members working to beat Type 1 Diabetes.  Please read more below about our awardees who have made a difference as researchers, community and family members for people with T1D.

We Will Present:

  • The Alvin J. Thompson Award: in 2020 this award is given to Dr. Carla Greenbaum.  This Award reflects the recipients high standing in the life science community with engagement in cutting edge research alongside a commitment to ethical research practices and the advancement of public trust in research. Read more about Carla's work here.

  • The Buster and Nancy D. Alvord Award: in 2020 this award is given to Dr. William Hagopian. This Award reflects the recipients' philanthropic contributions to the Northwest alongside their role as an advocate, educator, or donor in support of the local biomedical research community.  Read more about Bill's work here.
  • The Edison Award: in 2020 this award is given to Alex Dugdale (Advocacy for T1D), Don Wang (Board service), Amanda Egge (Board service).  This award honors a select group of people who have provided exceptional service to NWABR. 

Registration for the Gala

Registration for the Gala is $30 per person.  Each registered attendee will receive a #ThanksResearch mask like the one featured at right, a grocery gift card, and a cookbook PDF that highlights NWABR's favorite desserts.  We hope that you will use the mask to stay safe and concurrently celebrate research.  We also hope that you will use the gift card and cookbook to make your own dessert for the Gala.  

Please register early so that we can get these gifts to you well ahead of the event.

The Gala will be streamed commencing at 6.00pm and you will get a chance to learn more about the above awardees, celebrate this most momentous year in research, and have some fun.

We encourage you to share your desserts on social media with tag #ThanksResearch.  

At the end of the evening there will also be a chance to make a donation to NWABR that will support its work of advocating for and promoting biomedical research.

If you have questions about the Gala or want to speak to a human being to register, please contact Ken Gordon (206 595-2450). 

Past Gala Awardees

NWABR Distinguished Service Awards (AKA the Edison Awards)

NWABR Distinguished Service Awards are given to NWABR staff, Board and other community members in honor of their personal contributions to the work of NWABR.  These Awards were instigated in 2016 and the past recipients were:


Lee Schoentrup

James Riddle 

Lynn Rose

Judy Fenyk-Melody


William Dernell

Jennifer Hansberry

Royce Morrison

Stephen Rosenfeld


William (Bill) Dale

Todd Myers

Marcia Johnson-Witter and Max Witter on behalf of the Dean Witter Foundation


Cami Gearhart

Cheryl Weaver

Ben Wilfond


Previous Thompson and Alvord Award Gala Awardees


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