In fiscal 2010, guild members gave nearly 186,000 volunteer hours to Seattle Children’s. Thank you!
The Allen-Miller Guild kicked off spring by raising $3,000 for uncompensated care with its Memories of Yesteryears tea and garden party May 11. Guild members decorated First Christian Church in Port Orchard with antiques and treated 130 attendees to salads, tea sandwiches, breads and desserts. Guests also listened to a string quartet from the Bremerton Symphony Association and bid on gift baskets, plants and other items donated by local businesses in a silent auction. Event chair Carrie Grey (pictured) advertised the “Year of Flowers” promotion of a local florist who donates a portion of sales to the guild. This year, the guild also hosted a plant sale in honor of Cora M. Brinton, a guild member who recently passed away.
Ann Carlson Guild
About 300 community-minded individuals from Skagit County gathered Aug. 12 at Juntunen Gardens for The Grape Escape, a benefit for the Ann Carlson Guild and Skagit Habitat for Humanity. The wine-themed evening included a grape stomping, wine ring toss and local cuisine. Guests sampled local wines and craft beers at tasting stations, danced to live music and bid in live and silent auctions. The live auction included a theme dinner for 30 and tequila bottle autographed by Edgar Martinez and Gene Juarez. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care.
Burkland-Johnson Guild members and close friends gathered at Dimensional Communications April 29 to view the royal wedding of William and Catherine. Guests savored food and wine “fit for a queen” as they watched the grand event on a 10-foot-wide screen. In lieu of wedding gifts, attendees made donations to Seattle Children’s, raising $3,500 for uncompensated care. Pictured from right: guild members Jan and John Olson with Debbie and Paul Hagman.
Carolyn Johnson Guild
Approximately 50 shoppers joined the Carolyn Johnson Guild for Ladies' Night Out at Ashley Home Furnishing Store in Burlington May 14. More than 20 vendors sold purses, jewelry, makeup and home décor items. While shopping, guests enjoyed appetizers, wine, a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds of $1,300 benefited uncompensated care. The guild also hosted Tea for Tots June 12, bringing in an additional $1,200 for uncompensated care. Held at Hillcrest Park Lodge in Mount Vernon, the event included a Passion for Fashion vintage fashion show that featured clothes from Starlight Deluxe Vintage Emporium in Stanwood. In addition to viewing the fashion show, 50 guests sampled desserts and bid in a silent auction.
Circle of Hope Guild
The Circle of Hope Guild partners Pure Barre Bellevue and Pure Barre Seattle held their first donations-only classes April 2, raising $550. The guild also joined forces with the JC Golf Invitational, a decade-old local fundraiser, and raised more than $6,000. The sold-out July 23 tournament was held at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston and awarded prizes for first, second, third and last place and closest-to-the-pin and long-drive contests. Guild members sold mulligans and golf balls for a helicopter ball drop hosted by Seattle HeliTours. Two lucky golfers won prizes from the ball drop valued at $1,000 each: four rounds of golf at the Portland Golf and Country Club and a Seattle gift package including a night’s stay at Salish Lodge and Spa and helicopter tour of Seattle from Seattle HeliTours. In addition to the Pure Barre classes and golf tournament, the guild held a fundraising night at Sully’s Lounge in Seattle earlier in the year and will hold a wine event with silent auction this fall. All events benefit uncompensated care.
Clare Beckett Guild
The Clare Beckett Guild presented its Love and Laughter auction May 17 and raised more than $15,000 for uncompensated care. Approximately 120 guests gathered at the Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah and savored appetizers and wine while listening to live music performed by jazz guitarist Michael Gotz. A silent auction featured items signed by Eric Clapton, Bono and members of Pearl Jam, as well as a catered Sicilian dinner for eight and artwork created by Seattle Children’s patients. Pictured, from right: guild officers Judy Gaffney, Brooke Shumaker, Michele Pruitt and Hillary Lambert.
Dreams of Hope Guild
The Dreams of Hope Guild raised more than $50,000 for uncompensated care through sales of the 2011 Seattle Children's calendar. The calendar, a community favorite since 1938, is sold in several grocery stores, including QFC, Albertsons, Metropolitan Market and PCC. Various guilds also sell calendars to earn guild credit. Congratulations to the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild, the top-selling guild in 2011. In August, the Dreams of Hope Guild released its 2012 calendar (pictured). If your guild would like to join the community tradition and sell 2012 calendars, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-890-3268.
Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild
The Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild raised $18,000 for uncompensated care with its Girls' Night Out at Neiman Marcus in Bellevue June 4. Seventy-five women sipped wine and champagne and sampled hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Silent auction items included Paramount Club tickets to Mamma Mia, Teatro Zinzanni tickets and a wine package from Walla Walla Vintners. The evening concluded with a single live-auction item: a day out with Seattle police and dinner with police detectives. After a bidding frenzy for the single package, the officer in attendance doubled the item for the two top bidders.
Eat Well, Be Active Guild
The Eat Well, Be Active Guild gathered 50 bicyclists July 9 and 10 and rode the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP), one of the top three rides in the country. Cyclists raised funds for Seattle Children’s Obesity Program, supporting efforts to prevent and treat childhood and teen obesity and to help families choose healthy lifestyles. Members of Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program attended to riders, treating minor aches and pains and providing massages. The guild raised $30,000 this year and plans to organize another group of riders in 2012. Pictured is guild member Celia Framson, clinical pediatric dietitian at Children's, during the 2011 STP.
Eternally Joyful Guild
The Eternally Joyful Guild’s sixth annual Cones for Kids brought beachgoers together July 17. Ice cream fans gathered at Alki Beach in Seattle at the only time of year Husky Deli ice cream is available on Alki. Young attendees also participated in face painting and kids' games. The day of summer fun supported uncompensated care. Pictured are guild members and supporters with Emily Behrens (front, right), a Seattle Children’s patient and inspiration for founding the guild. Thank you to Husky Deli for its generous ice-cream donation.
Friends for Life Guild
The Friends for Life Guild raised $27,000 for cancer research at A Cure Is in the Cards May 21. In a casual, casino-themed night at Georgetown Brewery in Seattle, attendees listened to live music and feasted on a barbecue dinner. Dr. Mike Jensen spoke about successes with cancer research, and Dr. Blythe Thomson discussed caring for young patients with cancer. Owain Weinert, 10, talked about his experience as a Seattle Children’s patient undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Guild founder Dene James also shared her family’s story. James and her husband, Grier Smith, started the guild in 2006 after their daughter Natalie was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Natalie also spoke at the event. Special thanks to sponsors Georgetown Brewery, BNBuilders, Bill the Butcher and Butcher BBQ.
Friends of Yuen Lui Guild
The Friends of Yuen Lui Guild presented Christmas in July July 31 and raised $3,450 for uncompensated care. Approximately 100 guests brought their holiday spirit to Purr Cocktail Lounge in Seattle and bid in a silent auction. Auction items included gift baskets, handmade jewelry and restaurant gift certificates. Continuing with the holiday theme, guests donated new toys to the hospital. Seattle Children's employees, also guild members, spoke about their different roles and why fundraising is important.
Giving Hope Guild
The Giving Hope Guild raised nearly $9,200 for uncompensated care with Girls' Night In at the Tournament Players Course at Snoqualmie Ridge April 29. About 85 women enjoyed appetizers and desserts while bidding in a silent auction for trips, spa treatments and fine-dining gift certificates. The evening also included a dessert auction, where guests purchased a dessert for their table or to take home. During a special portion of the evening’s program, guests bid on necklaces to give to Seattle Children’s patients.
Haircuts 4 Kids Guild
The 17th annual Haircuts 4 Kids Guild golf tournament brought more than 90 golfers to Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo May 14 and raised $4,000 for uncompensated care. In addition to golfing, participants competed for prizes in putting and chipping contests and purchased mulligans to support Seattle Children’s. Later, guests gathered for dinner and bid on live auction items. Graeme Welsh, the guild’s founder, also volunteers his time at the hospital, providing free haircuts to inpatients and their family members.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild hosted a Dutch Queen’s Day Celebration April 30 at West Mercer Elementary School on Mercer Island. More than 100 children participated in games and a soccer competition and watched puppet theater. Adults sampled treats from a Dutch food court, purchased raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items donated by guild members. Net proceeds of $5,000 benefited the Child Life Department.
The Hillside Guild explored Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood July 21 at its third annual Ballard Avenue Pub Crawl and Poker Run. Approximately 45 attendees visited The People’s Pub, Moshi Moshi, King’s Hardware, Portalis Wine Bar and Conor Byrne Pub, raising more than $1,800 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed beer and wine while playing rounds of poker. The five best poker hands won prizes including Mariners tickets and restaurant gift certificates.
Hope for Hearts Guild
The Hope for Hearts Guild held its Hope for Hearts Benefit Concert March 12 at the Yakima Sports Center. Attendees listened to live music by Short Bus Bobby and purchased T-shirts sold by the guild. The concert, the guild’s first event, raised $1,800 for cardiac surgery education. Wes and Robyn Bradshaw founded the guild last year; their daughter, Reagan, is a patient at Seattle Children’s.
Huskies United in Giving Guild
Dancers hit the floor for eight hours at the UW Dance Marathon, presented by the Huskies United in Giving Guild May 14. In Mary Gates Hall at the University of Washington, participants danced, enjoyed dinner and watched performances by Amanda Hardy and the Hip Hop Students Association. Dancers also took salsa and swing lessons and entered a limbo contest. Marques Mar and Kami Sutton spoke about their experiences as cardiac patients at Seattle Children’s. Sutton attended the University of Washington and graduated in June. The event raised $4,533 for uncompensated care, far exceeding the guild’s fundraising goal.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild and Hydrocephalus Support Group of Seattle Children’s joined forces with the national Hydrocephalus Association to present the first WALK for Hydrocephalus. More than 300 walkers gathered at Magnuson Park in Seattle July 30 and raised $25,000 to support Seattle Children’s participation in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network. In addition to a one-mile or 3.1-mile walk, participants enjoyed a picnic lunch. Honorary walk chair Allen Shauffler of KING 5 emceed the day.
Jean Thompson Guild
The Jean Thompson Guild’s fifth annual Festival and Benefit for the Kids attracted 150 guests to Maple Hall in La Conner May 21. Attendees bid on silent and live auction items and donated additional funds through a raise the paddle, bringing the evening’s net total for uncompensated care to $27,000. Popular live auction items included homemade pies and cinnamon rolls and a wheelbarrow of wine. Tony and Mari Wolden of Conway spoke about their son Kyle’s treatment at Seattle Children’s starting in 2008. Kyle, treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome (a condition arising from E. coli infection), was also in attendance. Kyle’s care at Children’s included three weeks on life support and 18 months on dialysis before he received a kidney transplant in 2009.
Jeannine Hedwall Guild
Congratulations to the Jeannine Hedwall Guild, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2011. Charter member Felicia Holtzinger was honored for her years of service at the Guild Association’s Regional Outreach Meeting in Yakima March 16. The guild also held its 31st annual An Affair of the Heart fundraiser at Harman Center in Yakima May 24. Approximately 100 guests joined guild members for an evening of appetizers, wine and silent and live auctions. Live auction items included a French dinner for eight in a chef’s home, a fishing trip and handmade quilts. Proceeds of $9,160 benefited uncompensated care.
Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild
More than 3,500 demolition fans attended Krash for the Kause at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton June 18. Presented by the Kitsap Destruction Derby Association and benefiting the Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild, the event pitted two teams of cars against each other in a “last car running” derby. Derby drivers signed autographs and met with fans before the event started and took photos with attendees after the finale. The guild also hosted two raffles. The day’s events raised $2,000 for the brain cancer research led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. Proceeds also benefited Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Mercer Island Guild
In 2011 the Mercer Island Guild celebrated 68 years of producing the Mercer Island Phone Directory, a vital resource for Mercer Island residents. The guild inherited the project in 1943, when the young Mercer Islander who started the directory joined the service during World War II. Members raise funds by selling advertising to area businesses and requesting donations when they distribute the finished book each March. This year’s directory project netted $130,000 for uncompensated care.
"Owain's Army" and Friends for Life Guild
Alex and Heather Weinert (pictured with sons Owain, left, and Dylan) partnered with the Friends for Life Guild and organized a team of 80 bicyclists to ride the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic as Owain’s Army July 9 and 10. The Weinerts' son Owain, 10, is currently undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Seattle Children’s. Owain is the 2011 ambassador for the guild, and he will design the guild’s annual holiday ornament later this year. Owain’s Army raised more than $45,000 for Dr. Blythe Thompson’s cancer research. An additional $10,000 was raised through matching funds.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild celebrated five years of fundraising for pediatric brain tumor research by hosting its Fifth Anniversary Art Sale at Lake Forest Park Civic Club May 22. Items for sale included fine art, photography, crafts and glass works from local artists. Guild members also sold custom greeting cards. About 100 attendees shopped the sale and enjoyed live music provided by local musicians Brian Waite and Michael Good. Proceeds of $2,700 benefited the pioneering brain tumor research of Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. Since its founding in 2006, the junior guild has raised more than $330,000 for Children’s.
Port Ludlow Guild
More than 60 walkers joined the Port Ludlow Guild for its annual Port Ludlow Walk-a-Thon Aug. 27. Participants enjoyed stunning views of Ludlow Bay while helping raise nearly $4,000 for uncompensated care. The guild’s mission is to help meet the costs of uncompensated care provided to patients in Jefferson County. Prior to each Walk-a-Thon, guild president Dion Watson encourages community support by publishing how many Jefferson County kids were treated at Seattle Children’s. (Photo courtesy Peninsula Daily News.)
Preston Kuppe Guild
The Preston Kuppe Guild raised $82,000 to benefit uncompensated care at the fifth annual Art à la Carte luncheon, held at The Golf Club at Newcastle May 6. About 225 guests bid in silent and live auctions for works such as paintings, sculptures and jewelry, which were donated by members of the Northwest Art Alliance. Fred Granados emceed and conducted a live auction that included an African safari, a fashion-themed trip to New York City and a luxury getaway to the Brasada Ranch in Oregon. Oncology nurse Cory Hoeppner spoke about caring for patients with brain tumors. Proceeds were the highest ever for the annual luncheon, pushing the event’s five-year total to more than $375,000.
The SeaTac Guild held its annual Spring Auction May 14 at St. Bernadette’s School in Burien. Guests bid on silent and live auction items and feasted on dinner prepared and donated by members of the Sons of Italy. Taylor Ann Woyvodich (pictured) sang a selection from a German operetta as part of the evening’s program. Taylor is a former Seattle Children’s patient who was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Now 20, she hopes to sing professionally. Guild member Carol Haggerton, Taylor’s grandmother, spoke about Taylor’s diagnosis and what Children’s means to her family. The evening raised more than $10,000 for uncompensated care.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute Open House
The Guild Association hosted a Seattle Children’s Research Institute Open House May 19 where 100 guild members learned about the exciting and innovative research projects under way. Drs. Anne Stevens, Mark Majesky and Andy Scharenberg each led tours of their centers’ lab space and discussed active research projects. Jim Hendricks, president of the research institute, gave an overview of the institute and acknowledged guilds for their fundraising efforts to support research. There are 16 guilds actively supporting research, and collectively they raised $1.1 million last year. In the last eight years, the Guild Association Funding Focus has dedicated nearly $10 million to research by funding four endowed chairs, two senior scientists and other special research initiatives.
Susan Campbell Woodin Guild
The Susan Campbell Woodin Guild continued its tradition of participating in the C-Fair Charity Horse Show Aug. 3 to 7. Held at the Evergreen Equestrian Park in Monroe, the show is one of the best multi-breed horse shows in the Pacific Northwest. The show’s goal is to highlight northwest horse breeds; it features Morgans, American Saddlebreds, Friesians and Hackney horses. The show has benefited Seattle Children’s since 1986 through its relationship with the guild. Guild members volunteer at the show, assisting with hospitality and award presentations. Proceeds from this year’s event raised $8,000 for uncompensated care.
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild raised more than $12,000 through two events for Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which works to enhance the quality of life of critically ill patients. The guild partnered with Zumba® Fitness for the “Shake It for Sunshine! Zumbathon®” April 4, where health-minded individuals participated in a marathon Zumba exercise class. The guild plans to continue the partnership and host another Zumbathon next year. Its third annual Bunco Night Aug. 4 brought guests to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle for a fun-filled evening. Attendees played rounds in the popular dice game and bid in a dessert auction. Dr. Douglas Hawkins, associate division chief of Hematology/Oncology, talked about the impact the guild’s fundraising has had for patients at Children’s. At left, the guild presents PACT with a check at its third annual Bunco Night.
Trey Green Guild
The Trey Green Guild presented a weekend of fundraising activities June 3 to 5 and raised $72,500 for uncompensated care, exceeding its $60,000 goal. Golfers gathered Friday evening for a golf scramble at Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim. Saturday night brought more than 200 attendees to Cedars at Dungeness for the guild’s Sixth Annual Wine Gala and Auction. Guests visited wine- and beer-tasting stations, bid on silent auction items and sampled from a buffet catered by Double Eagle Restaurant. The majority of funds were donated during a raise-the-paddle opportunity after Suzy Matter shared her son Colton’s story; Colton (pictured, at right, with his brother Case) underwent two bone marrow transplants at Seattle Children’s. The weekend concluded with a guild-organized Sunday fun run, Miles for Miracles, part of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.
Vala Youngquist Guild
The Vala Youngquist Guild held its annual summer fundraiser, themed Under the Tuscan Sun, Aug. 6, and raised $27,000 to benefit uncompensated care. The event attracted approximately 200 guests to Bridgeview Estates in Mount Vernon, where they enjoyed Tuscan-style appetizers, dinner and wine. Guild member Shelly Whan emceed the evening’s program, which featured silent and live auctions and dancing. Popular auction items included dance lessons, a goldendoodle puppy and a trip to Mexico. Casie and Mike Caughlin talked about their son Skyler's experiences as a Seattle Children's patient. Skyler is treated for Stickler syndrome, a group of genetic disorders affecting connective tissue.