Helping BRI Build Positive Futures

Capgemini — a global technology, consulting and outsourcing company — encourages all of its employees to become architects of positive futures. That aim has prompted its generous backing of Virginia Mason, particularly of the Boeing Classic professional golf tournament, for several years. This year, Capgemini once again made a sizeable donation, contributing to the over $8 million the tournament has raised to support Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and other organizations.

"When it comes to creating positive futures, nothing affects our future like our health," says Katerina Hubka, Capgemini’s head of sales transformation and client experience. "Virginia Mason does everything right as a healthcare leader, and we do everything we can to support them.”

Katerina has served on Virginia Mason’s board for several years. Inspired by our organization’s work, she asked her company to support the tournament in 2016. They were eager to get involved and have generously donated to the event in the years since.

“Whether it’s patient care, research at BRI, or helping those with chronic conditions at Bailey-Boushay House, Virginia Mason is a gem serving so many needs,” Katerina says. “It’s really exciting to help them do this work.”

The 2019 Boeing Classic was held August 19-25 at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Several Capgemini employees participated in the Korean Air Pro-Am, where they played the championship-caliber course alongside PGA Tour professionals before they teed off for the Boeing Classic title later that week.

“It was a memorable day filled with great experiences – we especially enjoyed the Boeing plane flyover,” says Darshan Naik, one of Capgemini’s executive vice presidents, who attended the tournament and golfed in the Pro-Am. “We’re thrilled to support a prominent research organization like BRI where we know every dollar makes a difference. And we hope to engage with them more in the future.”

The tournament’s proceeds aid BRI’s quest to predict, prevent, reverse and cure diseases of the immune system, including multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and cancer. Funding from the event helps BRI purchase new equipment, hire and train the next generation of scientists and advance innovative research ideas.

“While most grant funding backs only very specific projects, the Boeing Classic delivers the resources to help fund a wide variety of areas — including research to help us land new traditional grants,” says Jane Buckner, MD, BRI’s president. “We’re so grateful to everyone who donates. Our work wouldn’t be possible without them.”

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