The Madhouse Project Charity


In 1996, Phil Friedman, John Fiala, Mitch Morando, Brad Newcomer and Kurt Shintaffer graduated from the University of Washington and moved into a house in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle that was affectionately nicknamed “The Madhouse.” After living at The Madhouse for a couple of years, pursuit of careers and continuing education had spread them across the country.

By 2004, all of them had returned to Seattle and were looking for a personally meaningful cause that they could dedicate their time and energy to, once again as a group. Given that each of their lives had been affected by cancer, it didn’t take long to determine that they wanted to focus their efforts on the fight against cancer .

In 2005, The Madhouse Project was formally organized as a non-profit corporation supporting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and held the first annual Night Out For a Cure cocktail reception and silent auction. Through the generosity of guests, donors and corporate sponsors, that first event raised over $16,000 for the benefit of the SCCA.

Today, the Madhouse Project and our annual Night Out For a Cure fund-raising event represents the efforts of a large group of passionate people and companies that have donated time, energy, money, auction items, and have spread the word to other people that believe in the cause. The Night Out For a Cure event now raises more than $150,000 each year to support the SCCA and its mission of providing world-class treatment for cancer patients.

The directors of the Madhouse Project are John Fiala, Erin Friedman, Phil Friedman, Brad Newcomer, Kurt Shintaffer, and Randy Tennant.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

The Madhouse Project

The Madhouse Project is a 501(c)(3) charity, Tax ID: 33-1095364

Mailing Address: The Madhouse Project P.O. Box 22667 Seattle, WA 98122



John Fiala: John is a Realtor with Windermere Real Estate who specializes in residential resale and first time home buyers. Previously, John played professional football for 6 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He currently lives in Duvall with his wife Meg, sons Clint and Reid and daughter Josie. Contact John at or at via his website:

Erin Friedman and Phil Friedman: Erin is a Senior Manager in the Windows marketing group at Microsoft and Phil is a Senior Director in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft. They live in Seattle with their daughter, Calla, and son, Elliott. Contact Erin and Phil at and

Brad Newcomer: Brad is a Marketing Analytics Manager at Microsoft and lives in Mercer Island with his wife Julie, daughter Caley, and sons Henry and Brody. Contact Brad at

Kurt Shintaffer: Kurt is the Chief Financial Officer at Apptio and lives in Seattle with his wife Kylee and daughter Macy. Contact Kurt at

Randy Tennant: Randy is a Market Intelligence Manager in the Emerging Markets group at Cisco Systems and lives in Bellevue with his wife Jill and daughter Janie. Contact Randy at