Obliteride Announces New Director

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We are excited to introduce Andrea Gomes Morrison as the new director of Obliteride.

Andrea’s crosscutting background in business and nonprofit administration will help propel Obliteride, one of the top ten fundraisers in Puget Sound, to achieve its ambitious fundraising and operational goals.

At the helm of Obliteride, Andrea will lead community engagement and outreach efforts using Obliteride as a platform for increasing philanthropic support and awareness for Fred Hutch, growing the numbers of riders and boosting team participation. Every dollar raised through Obliteride goes directly to fund cancer research at Fred Hutch.

“I am thrilled to be joining Obliteride and Fred Hutch, especially at such a pivotal time in cancer research,” said Andrea. “As director of Obliteride, I plan to build on our community’s passion and our team’s strong foundation to accelerate our goal of ending cancer.”

Andrea most recently served as co-operating partner at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, a specialty store and hub for the Seattle-area running community that she co-owns with her husband, Brian. Previously, she was associate director of Undergraduate Global Programs at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, where she also received a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. At the Foster School, Andrea focused on evaluation, communication, alumni relations and was instrumental in helping the school reach its global business education goals. Andrea also has experience managing events and communications at the ACLU of Washington and World Affairs Council.

“Obliteride combines the deep passion of our supporters with the drive and urgency of Fred Hutch research in a powerful and meaningful way, and it’s not too late sign up to ride, volunteer or donate to this years’ event,” said Kelly O’Brien, Fred Hutch’s vice president for Philanthropy. “With Andrea’s expertise and enthusiasm, Obliteride is poised to reach even greater successes over the next several years.”

With just over four weeks to go, Obliteride 2017 kicks off on Friday, August 11 with a party at Seattle’s Gas Works Park. This year, Obliteride expects to blow past the $11 million fundraising mark and bring in more new community supporters than ever before. For more information and to register to ride or volunteer, go to http://www.obliteride.org.

Please join us in welcoming Andrea and saying “hello” at Obliteride in August!

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