Every summer, Seattle Seahawks greats — like Steve Largent, Jim Zorn and David Krieg — and other local sports celebrities gather in Snoqualmie. They step onto the grass, ready to play. But instead of donning jerseys, pads and helmets, they wear polos, vests and slacks. These stars are an integral part of our annual Rumble at the Ridge golf event. They help us kick off the annual Boeing Classic Golf Tournament by playing 18 holes with local golfers to support Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI).
“Rumble at the Ridge brings together everyone from executives from Virginia Mason’s corporate sponsors to neighborhood kids who come to watch,” says Boeing Classic Tournament Manager Sarah Coyan. “It's a fun and casual way to start the event, all in support of BRI’s groundbreaking research.”
As one of the founders of the Boeing Classic, the Seahawks are an integral part of the tournament and a driving force in fundraising for BRI.
Teams of four secure their place at the Rumble at the Ridge by pledging a $10,000 donation. The two-day event kicks off with a welcome party at the Seahawks practice facility on Sunday, August 16, 2020, where participants mingle with current and former players.
“Some years, we’ve heard game strategy from Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Russell Wilson has also made an appearance, throwing passes to a few lucky Rumble participants,” Sarah says.
The following day, everyone meets at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge for a round of golf, photos and social time with the Seahawks greats.
Funds raised during Rumble at the Ridge and the Boeing Classic help push BRI’s research forward — for every dollar donated, BRI has been able to attract an additional $6 of research funding.
“From investing in tools that drive breakthrough studies, to funding pilot studies that enable scientists to apply for federal grants, tournament supporters help BRI further our mission: to predict, prevent, reverse and cure diseases of the immune system,” says BRI’s President Jane Buckner, MD.