Seattle’s iconic Base 2 Space charity event has announced the start of registrations for this year. Every year, climbers of all skill levels gather to ascend the 832 exterior stairways of the Space Needle, the historic tower that has been one of Seattle’s greatest symbols. This year, Base 2 Space will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2023, and climbers will have the unique opportunity to experience breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, downtown Seattle and Puget Sound on their ascent to the top.
The event has raised more than $3.5 million to date for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the Space Needle Foundation, making it one of Seattle’s flagship community events. Attendees must meet a fundraising minimum to register, and those who register before May 24 will be eligible for a discounted early bird fee.
Ron Sevart, President and CEO of the Space Needle, has anticipated that Base 2 Space 2023 will be bigger and better than ever. Additionally, this year there will be a special prize for the ten early climbers who have the most unique donors on their fundraising page before midnight on May 24th. The climber with the most individual donors will win two tickets to Taylor Swift’s sold out concert at Lumen Field in July. The remaining finalists will also receive additional prizes, such as a luxury experience at the Space Needle, tickets and more.
Adult and youth (ages 8-17) registration qualifies attendees for the discounted early bird rate of $75 and $50, respectively, by May 24. After that date, costs will increase to $89 for adults and $50 for youth. Each climber must raise a minimum of $175 for adults and $100 for youth.
The event is a unique opportunity to ascend the tower and join the community of climbers who have made such an amazing and positive impact by supporting the incredible work being done at Fred Hutchinson. “Fred Hutch is honored to once again be the beneficiary of this stellar event,” said Kelly O’Brien, Vice President of Philanthropy at Fred Hutch.
The top fundraisers of 2023 will have the opportunity to climb the Space Needle, a special honor reserved for those who raise the most for Fred Hutch. Additionally, the major 2022 fundraisers will take place in May 2023, when the first coats of Astronaut White paint will be applied to the sloped roof of the Space Needle, marking the end of the Galaxy Gold roof and the Space Needle’s 60th anniversary celebrations. .
Built as the centerpiece and inspiration for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Space Needle has become part of the Seattle experience and a globally recognized city icon. The tower’s recent $100 million renovation added more than 176 tons of glass to the structure that offers unparalleled views of Seattle and is home to The Loupe, the world’s first rotating glass floor. Open year-round, the Space Needle welcomes more than a million visitors a year.
The Space Needle Foundation, a subsidiary of the Seattle Foundation, is committed to uplifting our community’s collective future by supporting organizations that are at the forefront of transforming lives and making a positive difference in the Puget Sound region.