12th Annual Children's Golf Classic Raises $7.1 Million

Friends of Costco Guild (spotlight)

The Friends of Costco Guild is the most successful fundraising group in Seattle Children's history.

The Friends of Costco Guild raised $7.1 million at the 12th annual Children's Golf Classic in August. The most successful fundraiser in Seattle Children's history, the Golf Classic has generated nearly $50 million for uncompensated care since 1999.

Costco Guild members (spotlight)

Thank you to guild members, pictured above, who led activities at the area golf courses.

Major sponsors gathered for a reception at the Space Needle Aug. 6. The next evening, more than 1,100 guests attended a dinner and party at Safeco Field. Cardiac surgeon Dr. Gordon Cohen, co-director of Children's Heart Center, spoke about caring for 2-year-old Reagan Bradshaw, whose heart defects are being treated in a series of surgeries at the hospital. Afterward, the Australian band Human Nature performed Motown favorites. On Monday, more than 1,100 golfers played eight area courses and then joined other supporters for an awards party at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Costco Guild with patient (spotlight)

Friends of Costco Guild president Lynn Winters (left) and guild founder Jan Sinegal (right) with Wes and Robyn Bradshaw and their daughter Reagan, a Seattle Children's cardiac patient.

Many thanks to Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco Wholesale; agron/adidas; Allied Marketing; American Express; Cargill, Inc.; General Mills; JBS USA; Nice-Pak; Pilgrim's, Inc.; Sun Products Corporation; and the Sinegal Family Foundation.

Sincere gratitude to title sponsors Comprehensive Payment Recovery Service; ConAgra Foods; Earth Friendly Products; Earthbound Farm; LNK International; Mars, Inc.; Mazzetta Company, LLC; National Beef Packing Company; Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream; Niagara Bottling; PepsiCo; Pharmavite, LLC; Quantum Foods; Tarantino Gourmet Sausages; Trident Seafoods; Tyson Foods; Unilever; and Vizio.

A Sweet 16 for Children's Ride

Children's Ride 16 (spotlight)

Guild Association trustee and Imagine Guild member Maureen Atkins (right) and Kirsey Butler at Children's Ride 16 in June.

The Imagine Guild's 16th annual Children's Ride raised $150,000 June 26 for uncompensated care and pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children's.

Nearly 600 riders departed from eight motorcycle dealerships from Marysville to Silverdale and headed for the Enumclaw Expo Center, which featured vendor displays, a barbecue lunch, a motor clothes fashion show, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Comedian Manuela Horn and the band Shelley and the Curves performed, and John Curley conducted a live auction that included a customized 2011 Harley-Davidson Road King. Kirsey Butler rode in memory of her sister, Children's patient Rhema Butler, who had passed away several weeks earlier from a rare cancer.

Many thanks to title sponsors Buyken Metal Products, Destination Harley-Davidson, Downtown Harley- Davidson, Eastside Harley-Davidson, John L. Scott Foundation, Mayfair Games and Zackys Custom Rods.

Races Benefit Uncompensated Care, Science Adventure Lab

SOVREN Guild (spotlight)

Volunteering runs in the family for guild members Vicki Bettes (left) and her daughters Sally Torres (center) and Cindy Bettes, at the 23rd annual Pacific Northwest Historics.

The SOVREN Guild raised more than $600,000 at the 23rd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races July 1 through 3 at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Proceeds benefited two programs at Seattle Children's: uncompensated care and the Science Adventure Lab, a customized mobile laboratory used to teach science to students from fourth through eighth grades.

Racing celebrity Parker Johnstone joined approximately 10,000 fans who watched hundreds of restored vintage cars compete at speeds of up to 150 mph. A special display honored Jaguar, this year's featured car. Attendees toured the Science Adventure Lab, and kids were invited to conduct experiments.

Sincere thanks to title sponsor Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz; presenting sponsor Edelbrock Corporation; premier sponsor Jackson Dean Construction; associate sponsors CCS Printing, Pacific Raceways, SeattlePI.com and Windward Communications Group; and supporting sponsors JFC Racing, Lake Union Sea Ray, PGP Motorsports Park and KMPS 94.1 FM.

Covey Run Raises $125,000

Covey Run (spotlight)

Run for Children's Guild members celebrate their success at the Covey Run in August.

The Run for Children's Guild crossed the finish line having raised $125,000 for uncompensated care through the Covey Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. More than 1,200 runners and walkers of all ages gathered at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville Aug. 20 as part of the annual Auction of Washington Wines. Participants raised funds individually and in teams by collecting pledges and donations prior to the race. Awards were given to the top male and female finishers in both the 5K and 10K races as well as to the top three individual and team fundraisers.

After the awards ceremony, runners rejuvenated at a festival of food, music and games. Ed Bedford talked about his family's experience at Seattle Children's and thanked participants for supporting uncompensated care. Bedford's grandson Max underwent treatment for biliary atresia, a condition in newborns that affects the duct between the liver and the small intestine, and received a liver transplant at Children's.

Thank you to title sponsor Covey Run Winery.

Guild Members Support Purchase a Miracle

Purchase a Miracle (spotlight)

Agate Auxiliary members (from left) Gail Bayne, Kathryn Estep and Carolyn Stella tagged three stores for the Purchase a Miracle campaign in the Chehalis area.

Washington state's grocery and drugstore industry raised more than $386,000 for Seattle Children's in 2011. This year's Purchase a Miracle campaign ran from May 1 to June 15 and brought together product vendors, manufacturers, retailers, hospital volunteers, guild members and consumers to raise funds.

Nearly 80 guilds placed shelf tags in 400 stores across the state to identify participating Purchase a Miracle products. Fourteen guilds each tagged 10 or more stores. Special thanks to the Christopher Funk Guild, which placed tags in 23 stores, and the Ann Carlson Guild, which tagged 22 stores. Thank you to all guild members who donated time and energy to make the campaign a success.

The annual campaign has raised $6.5 million for the hospital since 1988. This year's proceeds benefited uncompensated care, the Science Adventure Lab, research and nutrition education.