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dawg days in the desert

Chow Down to Washington

Tues. March 17, 2020      5:30 p.m.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA


After thoughtful consideration for the health and wellness of our community and public health guidelines on heightened health concerns for individuals over the age of 60 and/or with underlying health conditions, we have decided to cancel this year’s program and its public events.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please call (206) 543-0540 or email the UWAA at Please allow 48 to 72 hours for the refund to be issued back to the credit card used to reserve your tickets.

Join the Husky community in welcoming new Husky Football Head Coach Jimmy Lake and UW President Ana Mari Cauce, with special guest Damon Huard, ’95. Enjoy an evening of camaraderie, complete with live music, dancing and a plated dinner at a newly renovated venue. Part of Dawg Days in the Desert.

Husky Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & program: 7 p.m.

UWAA members: $100
Non-members: $115

Unable to attend but still want to support student scholarships? Make a gift here.

Ana Mari Cauce

Ana Mari Cauce is the 33rd president of the UW. A professor of psychology and member of the UW faculty since 1986, she was named president in October 2015.

Under her leadership, the UW is advancing all areas of its educational, research and service missions, with initiatives focused on innovation, race and equity, and population health.

Jimmy Lake

On Dec. 2, 2019, Jimmy Lake was announced as the UW Football Head Coach. In his six prior seasons at Washington – two as defensive backs coach, two as co-defensive coordinator and the last two as defensive coordinator – Lake has earned a reputation as a teacher, recruiter and tactician, helping the UW become one of the strongest and most consistent defensive teams – and specifically one of the top secondaries – in the nation. Before coming to the UW, Lake was a coach at Boise State, Montana State and Eastern Washington, along with an earlier stint with the Huskies in 2004. He also coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions in the NFL.

Damon Huard, ’95

Damon Huard is the UW’s Director of Community & External Relations and Special Advisor to the Athletic Director. Huard started at quarterback for UW from 1991 to 1995 before going on to a 12-year professional career. He was also color analyst for Husky Football alongside Bob Rondeau before Tony Castricone from 2010 to 2019.

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