The events described in this section include first-time events as well as Children’s longest-running fundraiser: the 87th annual Garden Sale. Thank you for your energy and continued support.
The BlueStar Guild teamed up with the Duchess Tavern to present Dine Out at the Duchess Tavern Jan. 26 and raised $1,000 for uncompensated care at Children’s. Guests were encouraged to bring their dogs and enjoy dinner and drinks, with 25% of sales donated to the guild. Guild member Dan McTaggart was featured as the “celebrity” bartender. Approximately 75 people joined guild members at the event, including a table of Children’s staff (pictured).
The Butterfly Guild presented the Butterfly Brunch at Salty’s Restaurant on Alki Beach Feb. 26. The guild’s inaugural event raised $37,000 for research into Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, a genetic disease involving bone marrow failure. Approximately 150 guests enjoyed Pacific Northwest cuisine and a silent auction. Children’s Dr. Akiko Shimamura educated the audience about the ways research can lead to better treatments for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and related diseases. Shimamura started the Bone Marrow Failure Program at Seattle Children’s in 2007. Joe and Sarah Bowman, pictured with Shimamura, founded the guild in 2010 after their daughter was diagnosed with the disease at 6 months of age.
Circle of Hope Guild
As a part of its Businesses Giving Back campaign, the Circle of Hope Guild hosted an evening at Sully’s Lounge in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Feb. 5. About 80 guests enjoyed a casual evening with friends and took advantage of Sully’s food and drink specials. The guild raffled a Sully’s gift certificate and other prizes. Sully’s also made a donation. Proceeds of $1,000 benefited uncompensated care.
Des Moines Auxiliary Guild
The Des Moines Auxiliary Guild raised $2,300 at its Jungle Madness fashion show and luncheon April 14. Held at Landmark on the Sound in Des Moines, 165 guests enjoyed a catered lunch by Tuscany at Des Moines Creek and viewed fashions from Rottles Clothing and Shoes. Themed baskets were raffled off, including a basket complete with spa items and another with scrapbooking supplies. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care.
Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild
The Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild presented its third annual fashion show Jan. 30, raising $12,000 for the camp. Approximately 100 attendees gathered at Olympia Pizza and Spaghetti House in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood to view clothing from designer Donna Whitford. Fashions were modeled by former and current campers from the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp. The guild hosted its third annual Stammcake Breakfast for Camp April 16, raising an additional $2,500. In this event, held at the Seattle Children’s administrative offices in conjunction with the 87th annual Garden Sale, guests enjoyed a family-style breakfast similar to the breakfast served on the last day of camp. The menu featured Stammcakes, pancakes with toppings mixed in the batter.
Eleanor Henry Reed Guild
The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild celebrated in style at La Fête Blanche March 6, raising nearly $45,000 for uncompensated care. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed the view from the penthouse in the Hyatt at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle. The evening program included a petite live auction of three distinct packages and a raise-the-paddle. Heather and Matt Sorenson spoke about their experience at Children’s with their daughter Calnan.
Friends Helping Friends Guild
Approximately 115 guests joined the Friends Helping Friends Guild for the Play for Children’s event at Januik Winery in Woodinville March 19. Attendees competed at Wii bowling, miniature golf and a wine bottle ring toss. Those looking for less rivalry enjoyed a guided tour of the winery. The evening included a silent auction that boasted Seattle Seahawks and Sounders packages, wine tasting and heavy appetizers. Proceeds of $20,500 benefited uncompensated care.
Friends of Yuen Lui Guild
The Friends of Yuen Lui Guild joined forces with the Elliott Bay Book Company to present a three-part Read for Seattle Children’s event during the month of March, raising $300 for uncompensated care. An online book drive generated 92 books to help brighten hospital patients’ stays. Titles were selected by guild members and made available for purchase through the bookstore. Two award-winning authors, Bonny Becker and Kirby Larson, visited the hospital playroom for a family storytime on March 20 and 27. Becker also read from her Mouse and Bear books during the guild’s storytime at Elliott Bay in Seattle on March 27. Elliott Bay donated a portion of all book sales to the guild.
Gift of Immunity Guild
The Gift of Immunity Guild held its annual Winter Campaign during the months of November 2010–February 2011. This year’s non-event raised $6,800 for the Primary Immunodeficiency Research Fund at Seattle Children’s. Guild members encouraged donations from the community by a mailing campaign, letters and donation cards. In February, the guild teamed up with the student council of Cougar Ridge Elementary School in Issaquah to collect more than 7,500 crayons for the hospital. Students used the goal-setting strategies and marketing skills they have learned this year to collect crayons during the monthlong drive to benefit the Child Life department.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild hosted Dutch Movie Night Jan. 18 at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Guests watched The Happy Housewife (De gelukkige huisvrouw), with English subtitles, based on the bestselling book by Dutch author Heleen van Royen. Attendees donated toys from the hospital’s wish list valued at $500, and an additional $400 was collected in cash donations to benefit the Child Life department.
Imagine and Friends of Yuen Lui Guilds
The Imagine and Friends of Yuen Lui Guilds rolled out the red carpet on Oscar night, Feb. 27. Approximately 135 guests gathered at Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue for Walk the Red Carpet for Seattle Children’s Hospital to view the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on the big screen. Attendees savored appetizers and fine wines while watching movie stars make their arrivals at the Kodak Theatre, then watched a live telecast of the award show. A silent auction featured dinner and movie packages, custom jewelry and wine. The evening raised more than $14,000 for uncompensated care.
The Issaquah Guild held its Salad Luncheon at the Sammamish Elks Lodge April 9, raising $1,800 for uncompensated care. One hundred guests enjoyed delicious salads from the guild’s 2007 cookbook. Guild members designed 25 themed baskets. The baskets were raffled off throughout the luncheon.
Kids at Heart Guild
More than 80 guests joined the Kids at Heart Guild for the Efesté Wine Tasting and Auction March 5 at the Efesté Winery in Woodinville. Attendees savored appetizers, wine and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Silent auction items included Alaska Airlines Board Room passes and weekend getaway packages. Proceeds of $8,580 benefited uncompensated care.
Laura Brigman Guild
The Laura Brigman Guild presented the 87th annual Garden Sale April 15–17. This event is the hospital’s longest-running fundraiser, and this year it raised $23,000. Guild members sold perennials, annuals, shrubs, ornamental grasses, trees and ground cover outside Children’s administrative offices. Children’s expert gardeners offered shoppers advice on their purchases, many of which were grown on hospital grounds. Guild members teamed up with the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild in giving attendees another opportunity to support Children’s: the Stammcake Breakfast for Camp, also held at the administrative offices April 16.
Motocross Guild for Children’s
The Motocross Guild for Children’s held a racer’s dream weekend on April 15–16. Pledge drive participants were treated to a 60 minute meet-and-greet at Seattle Children’s with top Supercross racers, including points leader local Ryan Villopoto. Fans were then treated to an autograph session at Renton Motorcycles where the Motocross Guild displayed a variety of unique signed motocross items as part of their silent auction. At Saturday’s event, fundraisers enjoyed rig tours, pit access and fantastic seats for the Supercross Main Event Race at Qwest Field. Proceeds of $6,800 benefitted hydrocephalus research.
Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild
Romance was in the air Feb. 12 as the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild presented its ninth annual Valentine Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction. At the Woodmark Hotel on Kirkland’s waterfront, 100 guests savored a four-course dinner and enjoyed wines from the guild’s collection. The evening program featured a silent auction and dancing to live music. Auction items included a week on Oahu and a floatplane ride to Friday Harbor with lunch for four. Proceeds of $60,000 benefited uncompensated care.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild made junior guild history once again with an appearance on the Nate Berkus Show Jan. 27. Berkus interviewed founding members Kelsey Josund, Sierra Alef Defoe and Maddy Berkman about the guild’s beginnings and its ongoing fundraising project, handmade greeting cards. The project has raised nearly $20,000 for pediatric brain tumor research, which is in addition to the funds raised at the guild’s annual golf tournament in September. The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild is the first junior guild to be among the top 10 fundraising guilds, and the only junior guild to win the Guild Association’s Chairman’s Award for Guild Excellence.
Plum Creek Guild
The Plum Creek Guild hosted its annual raffle at Plum Creek's offices March 31 and collected over $5,000 for uncompensated care. Plum Creek employees, family members and guild members entered for a chance to win one of ten unique raffle baskets. Basket themes included Girls' Night Out, a Suncadia Getaway and Mariners Mania. The laundry detergent basket (pictured) was intended for the basket winner to give to the homeless shelter of their choice.
Seattle Children’s Autism Guild
The 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash attracted nearly 15,000 runners, walkers, joggers and crawlers Sunday, March 13, and raised funds for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Campfire USA Central Puget Sound Chapter. Participants gathered at Seattle Center in green attire and dashed with friends and family through downtown Seattle. The dash is supported by Seattle Children’s Autism Guild and resulted in a $45,852 donation to the Autism Center. The guild hosted pre-event registration parties and volunteered on race day, and a team of 40 guild supporters and their children participated in the dash. Many thanks to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, dash organizer and producer.
A record 80 guests joined the Sequim Guild for a bunco party and luncheon Feb. 18 and raised $1,500 for uncompensated care. Attendees gathered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim and savored recipes from the guild’s new cookbook, From Our Kitchen to Yours, followed by rounds of bunco and dessert. The guild was inspired to create the cookbook after previous luncheon guests requested recipes. A lively afternoon included a silent auction, cookbook sale and updates from guests with family members being treated at Children’s.
The Silverdale Guild raised $18,500 for uncompensated care at its Color Their World with Hope Luncheon and Fashion Show April 16. Nearly 200 attendees savored a salad lunch and viewed fashions from Coldwater Creek. Kimberly Callender spoke about her daughter’s treatment at Children’s, and Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director, thanked members for their support. The event featured both live and silent auctions. Live auction items included a two-night stay at The Resort at Port Ludlow with breakfast and unlimited golf for two, and dinner for six hosted in the garden of a private home.
Smiles for Marin Rose Guild
The Smiles for Marin Rose Guild had plenty to smile about when its fourth annual Winter Party raised $23,500 for uncompensated care – nearly double last year’s total. Held at The Woodshed Studios in Seattle Jan. 29, approximately 150 guests enjoyed appetizers from Wild Ginger as well as cocktails and a candy-themed bar. Tyler Carr played piano music throughout the evening. A live auction included a Mexican fiesta party for 12 and a five-day stay in a Lake Chelan private home. Nancy Morrison, mother of guild namesake Marin Rose, spoke about her family’s experience at Children’s and her daughter’s legacy.