More than 11,500 people participated in the events highlighted here. Thank you for connecting so many to Seattle Children's!
Adaline Coffman Guild
The Adaline Coffman Guild raised $14,100 for uncompensated care at its Holiday Gala, held at the historic Hotel Washington Building in Chehalis Dec. 4. During "White Christmas," guests enjoyed wine, a buffet-style catered dinner and a silent auction.
The BlueStar Guild raised $400 through its dog talent and fashion show known as WAGS, Working with Animals Generating Support for Seattle Children's Hospital. Guild members, friends of Children's and industry professionals gathered at Lake Forest Park Towne Center Oct. 3 to show support for Children's patients and their furry friends. Proceeds benefited the hospital's Pet Partners Program. (Pictured) Laurie Boehme, chair of the Guild Association Board of Trustees, joins the fun with her dog Alex.
Catalina's Hope Guild
The Catalina's Hope Guild raised $50,000 at its sixth annual fundraiser at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue Sept. 25. Steppe Up for Kids drew 150 supporters and "was by far our most successful event," reports guild president Janelle Romans. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, director of Seattle Children's Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, spoke about strides being made in treating adolescent cancer. Heather Krich talked about her successful cancer treatment at Children's and what uncompensated care meant to her family. The live auction included award-winning Merlot donated by Steppe Cellars.
Circus of Dreams Guild
The Circus of Dreams Guild raised $25,000 through the third annual Circus of Dreams, held Oct. 8-10 at ACT Theatre in Seattle. Proceeds benefited the research being led by Seattle Children's Dr. Jim Olson, who spoke at one performance about the groundbreaking strides being made in the fight against pediatric brain tumors. Hundreds of attendees saw aerial artists, acrobats, dancers and other performers present a remarkable array of circus acts using silks, trapezes and hoops. Two matinees were produced especially for children. Guild founder Jenn Wrenn and Jenn Hill performed as the Sky Sirens duo.
Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild
The Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild raised $18,000 through a "non-event" - supporters were invited to mail in contributions to uncompensated care and then take the night off. "Guests" were encouraged not to mark their calendar for Oct. 22, not to arrive promptly at 6:30 p.m. and not to buy a new dress. Guild members are also helping inspire the next generation of philanthropists. The Cooper Joseph Lytle Cash for Kids drive raised $875 for uncompensated care, as 14 children of guild members planned and held their own fundraisers. Their events included a garage sale, a bake sale and donations solicited per soccer goal.
The Daughters Guild raised $19,500 for uncompensated care at the fourth annual Touchdown for Tots Oct. 3. Sports fans and fans of Children's gathered at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium to watch the Washington vs. USC football game on big-screen televisions. Guests cheered the Huskies and enjoyed local beer and wines and dinner from Porter's Place Barbeque. A silent auction featured a trip to Bali, wine baskets and autographed sports items. Guild Association trustee Jennifer Goldberg spoke at halftime about her son Tate's experience as a Children's patient.
Desert Sun and Samuel and Althea Stroum Guilds
The Desert Sun and Samuel and Althea Stroum guilds joined forces to present Ooh La La…A Fashion Show in Pasco Nov. 22. Guests dined on fabulous hors d'oeuvres and dinner while models showed off the newest fashions from local stores. Festivities included a raffle and live entertainment by Bluezette, who played retro tunes and current hits. Proceeds raised $25,000 for uncompensated care.
Des Moines Auxiliary
The Des Moines Auxiliary raised $5,000 for uncompensated care at its 21st annual holiday bazaar, held at Des Moines United Methodist Church Nov. 19 and 20. Nearly 30 vendors sold handcrafted items at the free event. The bazaar featured door prizes, raffles, a bake sale, cookbooks and handcrafted items created by auxiliary members. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch cooked in the church kitchen, and youngsters had their pictures taken with Santa Claus. The auxiliary held its annual President's Silver Tea Dec. 9, where former guild presidents served tea and goodies. The Tea raised $270 for the Child Life department. The auxiliary hosted its first live auction Dec. 16. Twenty-plus members attended for lunch and a Christmas auction, raising $740 for uncompensated care. Dawn Frivold poses at the holiday bazaar with gift baskets prepared by the auxiliary.
Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild
The Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild raised $122,000 at the 32nd annual Festival of Trees at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle Nov. 21. Hundreds attended the free event to view 21 elaborately decorated Christmas trees. Each tree, sponsored by a local business and sold to benefit uncompensated care, was dedicated to a Seattle Children's patient. One of the hospital patients in attendance lit the Grand Tree in the hotel lobby. Guests enjoyed cookies, holiday music and visits to the Teddy Bear Suite. Santa found time in his busy schedule for photos. Trees remained on display until Dec. 1.
Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild
The Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild raised nearly $12,500 for uncompensated care Dec. 10 at the annual Holiday Affair. Held in a Seattle Children's cafeteria, the event gives hospital staff and patient families a convenient way to shop for seasonal items such as holiday gift baskets, candy and clothing. Raffle items included gift certificates to Gene Juarez and Bellevue Square. Guild members (from left) Nancy Harmon, Diana Pritkin, Mary Lynn Holman and Patti Ramsey display their holiday baked goods.
Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild
The Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild hosted the 28th annual Anacortes Home and Boat Tour Sept. 19. The tour featured five gorgeous homes, a restored church, an 85-foot 1925 vessel and a 92-foot yacht. Attendees purchased raffle tickets for chances to win prizes, including $200 in groceries. The tour raised more than $15,000 for uncompensated care, exceeding the guild's fundraising goal by $5,000.
DW Close Guild
The DW Close Guild raised $2,250 for uncompensated care in a golf tournament held at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila Aug. 19. About 80 golfers participated in the four-person scramble, where mulligans were sold to improve scores and raise funds for Children's. Guests enjoyed a luncheon after golf and purchased raffle tickets for items such as Mariners and Seahawks tickets. Many participants were employees of the construction companies Sellen, Bayley, Lydig and Swinerton, including (from left) Brandon Gallaher, Alan Laroche, Mark Tellefson and Sean Burns.
For the Love of Jacob Guild
The For the Love of Jacob Guild helped out at a toy drive benefiting Seattle Children's held at Westfield Southcenter Mall Dec. 6. Seattle Seahawks Marcus Trufant, Aaron Curry, Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett (pictured, from left, with members of the For the Love of Jacob Guild and Wish Upon a Star Junior Guild) participated in the event. The players signed autographs in exchange for toy donations for hospital patients. Guild members volunteered at the donation site, collected toys and handed out flyers to shoppers as they entered the mall. Approximately 540 fans donated more than 600 toys. The toy drive was sponsored by Octagon Football and FedEx.
Frances W. Nordstrom Guild
The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild turned 25 in fine fashion, celebrating its silver anniversary by raising more than $117,000 for uncompensated care. Themed "Big Night," the affair attracted approximately 200 supporters Nov. 4 to Herban Feast at Sodo Park in Seattle, where they enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing. Laurie Boehme, who chairs the Guild Association Board of Trustees, received the guild's service award. Pat Cashman emceed a program that included Holly Im-Hamper, who spoke about her daughter Keilana Hamper's treatment at Seattle Children's for a brain tumor. The event also featured a raffle, live auction and Raise the Paddle. The event chairs were (from left) Jolene Detillion, Jennifer Zinda and Debra Cady.
Friends for Life Guild
The Friends for Life Guild raised $2,170 for cancer research at the third annual Finaghty's Friends for Life Fallfest. On Sept. 25, guests and their children grooved to music by Recess Monkey at Finaghty's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Snoqualmie, where the guild unveiled its fifth handblown-glass ornament. The ornament was created by Uptown Glassworks and colored by Jackson, a Children's patient now celebrating five years of being cancer-free. Guild members held their event in September to honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Friends of Yuen Lui Guild
The Friends of Yuen Lui Guild hosted its first event, Kids 4 Kids - Young Photographers Reception, Oct. 7. Guests gathered at Yuen Lui Studio in downtown Seattle and viewed a gallery-style reception of work by 22 photographers between ages 3 and 17. Winning bidders of top-selling photos in a silent auction received restaurant gift certificates. Since the event, some of the photographs have been displayed in the waiting area of Children's Intensive Care Unit. Food, drinks and dessert were provided by Barrio, DRY Soda and Bluebird Ice Cream. Proceeds of $1,000 benefited uncompensated care.
Golfing for Kids Guild
The Golfing for Kids Guild held the Norwegian Invitational Golf Tournament Aug. 8 at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, and raised $2,730 to benefit uncompensated care. Approximately 80 golfers participated in the event, which featured silent and live auctions. The live auction included a five-day trip to Costa Rica with lodging and a private charter deep-sea fishing trip.
The Grayland Guild netted more than $2,400 for uncompensated care at the 17th annual Artisans Show at the Tokeland Hotel in Tokeland, held Nov. 12-14. Titled "Jingle Bells - The Sound of Healthy Children," the event featured approximately 20 Washington-area vendors who sold handmade items such as yard art, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, tablecloths and decorated Christmas trees. Guild members helping out at the show included (from left) Nancy Ballard and Paula Richmond.
Guardian Angel Guild
The Guardian Angel Guild held its 18th annual Husky Toy Drive Sept. 18 at Husky Stadium. Fans brought new, unwrapped toys to the entry gates prior to the Washington vs. Nebraska football game - 22 bags of toys to help restock shelves in the hospital playroom. Cash donations raised more than $11,700 for the Child Life department. Guild members thank generous Dawg fans and sponsors Les Schwab, Q13 Fox, BearCom and Allied Waste.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild presented its second Orange Bike Parade on Sept. 12. Guild members celebrated their Dutch heritage by asking participants to decorate their bikes with orange, the national color of the Netherlands. More than 50 children, some as young as 3, rode brightly colored bikes along the five-mile Sammamish River Trail in Redmond. Afterward, families celebrated with a picnic at Redhook Brewery. Proceeds of $6,500 benefited the Child Life department.
Hope on the Hill Guild
The Hope on the Hill Guild raised more than $14,000 for uncompensated care at Tea for Hope, an event held Oct. 3 at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. About 100 guests bid in a silent auction, won door prizes and enjoyed tea, sandwiches and petits fours provided by the Willows Lodge. Kim Lawson, president of the Milo Gray Guild, spoke about her son's treatment at Seattle Children's for a rare form of epilepsy. Auction items included a luxurious "Do Not Disturb" package at Willows Lodge, a dinner cruise and theater tickets. Harpist Tabitha Richmond provided live music. You wouldn't know Hope on the Hill is one of our newer guilds; members exceeded their fundraising goal by 60%.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild raised $15,000 last fall in a "non-event." Proceeds benefited research into new treatments and an eventual cure for hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when cerebrospinal fluid is not reabsorbed or circulated properly in the brain. Hydrocephalus is the number-one reason for brain surgery in children. The guild thanked donors for helping attract new specialists to the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute and promised to use additional funds to help build "a hydrocephalus research program unparalleled in the nation." (Pictured) Local children with hydrocephalus toured the neuroscience laboratory at Children's Research Institute last August.
Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild
The Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild raised $150,000 at the seventh annual Seattle Snow Ball Dec. 19 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care. Kiko Vanzandt, a longtime nurse in Rehabilitation Medicine at Seattle Children's, spoke about what being a nurse means to her and her work as a coach for disabled swimmers. The Snow Ball is a multigenerational affair, with guests as young as 12 joining their parents and grandparents at an elegant event in support of Children's. Many thanks to event sponsor Mocassin Lake Foundation and sponsors Joe Clark and Trilogy Partnership. (From left) Maddie McReynolds, Molly Messner, Elizabeth Buhler and Tess Jordan.
Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild
The Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild held the 11th annual Cruise for a Cure and raised $65,000 to advance the brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children's Dr. Jim Olson. Themed "Hawaiian Style," the event was presented Oct. 23 at the Issaquah Community Center, where 150 guests bid in silent and live auctions and enjoyed wine, hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Olson spoke about the latest developments in brain tumor research. Members of the Dice, Hedman and Trudeau families, all of whom have had a child treated at the hospital for a brain tumor, discussed surviving the tumor and managing the aftereffects of treatment.
Jayme Oliver Guild
The Jayme Oliver Guild raised $12,000 for uncompensated care at Wight's Wonderland of Christmas Charity Gala, held Nov. 4 at Wight's Home and Garden in Lynnwood. Approximately 500 attendees had the chance to preview the 2010 Wonderland of Christmas, an elaborate display of themed Christmas trees, holiday home décor and fine gifts. Guests sipped sparkling wine and enjoyed a buffet of hors d'oeuvres and desserts from Celebrations Catering, which donated its time to benefit the hospital. Guild members in attendance included (from left) Mebie Thompson and Janice Hansen.
KC Howard Guild
The KC Howard Guild's 16th annual holiday luncheon raised $123,000 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle Dec. 6. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care. The Shop, Sip and Savor luncheon featured a marketplace that offered shopping and wine tastings sponsored by US Bank Private Client Reserve. Debbie Calhoun and her daughter Claire spoke about their experiences at Seattle Children's during Claire's bone-marrow transplant and ongoing treatment. The live auction featured items such as an instant Washington wine cellar, a stay at Suncadia Lodge and a Seattle arts sampler. Nearly 20 vendors participated in the marketplace, and the tastings represented four international regions renowned for exceptional wine. Gingerbread-house centerpieces added to the festive holiday atmosphere.
The Kent Guild raised $13,000 at its annual Artisans Festival, held Nov. 9 at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care. Hundreds visited the free daylong holiday-themed event, where approximately 45 juried artists sold items such as jewelry, scarves, floral arrangements, wreaths, ornaments, personal care products, candy, garden art and holiday tableware and décor. A raffle raised more than $3,000. Members and supporters in attendance included (from left) Lynn Bollinger, Jackie Goetting, Cathy Jacobs, Sharon Roberts, Wanda Goodell and Marianne Goodell.
Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild
The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted its second pickleball tournament at a private Shoreline residence Sept. 18. Guild members, all 10 to 12 years old, planned and staffed the event with their moms. Guests played pickleball, enjoyed a dinner buffet and won door prizes donated by more than 50 local businesses. Skyler Hamilton, 11, a Children's patient who was treated for cancer of the brain and spinal column when he was 7, spoke about the wonderful care he received at Children's. Skyler has been cancer-free since 2006. Proceeds of $7,800 benefited uncompensated care.
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild
The Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild raised $12,500 for uncompensated care at its Holiday Shoppe, held Nov. 16 at Our Lady of Fatima Social Hall in Seattle. The guild's annual kickoff to the holiday season was attended by about 350 supporters who enjoyed complimentary wine and appetizers while shopping for items provided by 30 vendors. Members Marybeth Alwood (left) and guild president Judy Maleng show off some of the delectable treats sold by the guild. The event featured a small silent auction and a raffle of more than 20 items donated by participating vendors, who also donated 20% of sales to the hospital.
Marion Finley Guild
The Marion Finley Guild's sixth annual holiday card program, led by member Terry DiMaio, raised more than $6,000 in 2010. Images for more than a dozen cards were created by Seattle Children's patients, family members and friends. Artwork for "Santa Paws" was the work of patient Sarah Eames. The guild also hosted a holiday potluck Dec. 17. A silent auction netted $2,500. Proceeds from both fundraisers benefited uncompensated care and research.
Mary Ann Bothell Guild
The Mary Ann Bothell Guild welcomed the holidays by raising more than $35,000 at its popular Mistletoe Madness annual holiday luncheon with silent and live auctions. Held Nov. 9 at the Nile Golf and Country Club in Mountlake Terrace, the event drew 250 supporters and benefited uncompensated care and cardiac care at Seattle Children's. John Curley conducted a live auction and emceed a program that included an interview with Marques Mar, who has undergone three heart surgeries at Children's. Children's Dr. David Reuter spoke about cardiac surgery and heart transplants.
Milo Gray Guild
The Milo Gray Guild raised $700 for uncompensated care Sept. 26 at the Lake Forest Bar and Grill in Lake Forest Park, which donated to the hospital 15% of every dinner served between 3 and 9 p.m. Guild namesake Milo Gray Lawson, 4, is being treated at Seattle Children's for infantile spasms, a rare form of epilepsy. Milo's mom, Kim Lawson, spoke briefly and thanked patrons for their support.
Mitzvah Mama Guild
The Mitzvah Mama Guild held The Big Spin, a Hanukkah celebration, at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle Dec. 12. Proceeds of $12,000 benefited uncompensated care. Described by the guild as "a party to end all parties for the Jewish families of Greater Seattle," the event attracted nearly 400 attendees. It featured food, activities for kids and a chance to win prizes by spinning the largest dreidel in the Pacific Northwest. Prizes included ballet tickets, gift cards and lodging at the Hotel Monaco. The afternoon culminated in a concert featuring Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its! and Recess Monkey.
The Nightingale Guild raised nearly $28,000 for uncompensated care at its sixth annual Black Tie Bingo and Auction, held at the Spirit of Washington Event Center in Renton Oct. 16. Approximately 85 guests heard a program that included Krista Linden, who spoke about how important uncompensated care was to her family during her daughter's treatment at Seattle Children's. The live auction included a vacation to the Dominican Republic, a cruise on Holland America Line and a ski trip to Stevens Pass and Leavenworth. Bingo games were held between live auctions. Raquel Robayo played the harp during the silent auction.
Pat Harris Trilogy Guild
The Pat Harris Trilogy Guild raised nearly $2,000 for uncompensated care at the Ho-Ho-Holiday Brunch, held Dec. 11 at Trilogy. Guild members invited children, their parents and their grandparents to participate in the event, where 154 attendees enjoyed a festive brunch, pictures with Santa and entertainment from children's entertainer Kimmy the Elf.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild raised more than $215,000 at the second Run of Hope in Seattle's Seward Park Oct. 3. Proceeds benefited the pioneering pediatric brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children's Dr. Jim Olson. Nearly 1,700 adults and children took part in the 5K run and 3K walk. At a post-run party, Olson (pictured with guild founder Erin Cordry) and nurse practitioner Cory Hoeppner spoke about the importance of brain tumor research. Festivities included a raffle, kids' games, food and live music by American Standard. The top individual fundraiser won a trip for two to the Four Seasons Resort Maui. Many thanks to the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for its sponsorship.
Phil Smart Sr. Guild
The Phil Smart Sr. Guild held a "Mom's Night Out" at Crewcuts in Seattle Nov. 2 and raised $1,500 to benefit Rehabilitation Medicine at Seattle Children's. Attendees shopped the holiday collection at Crewcuts and J. Crew while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Shoppers benefited from promotions created exclusively for the event. The hospital received 10% of the evening's sales.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild presented the fourth annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 11 at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett. The $70,000 proceeds - the highest ever for the guild - benefited the innovative brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children's Dr. Jim Olson. After golfing, more than 100 participants enjoyed dinner, a silent auction and a raffle featuring numerous vacation getaways. In a program emceed by Brian Coxon, Olson spoke about current brain tumor research. Pink Polka Dots is the only junior guild ever to make the list of Children's top-10 fundraising guilds.
Preston Kuppe Guild
The Preston Kuppe Guild hosted a wine tasting from 25 boutique vintners at the Best of the Northwest Fall Art and Fine Craft Show, held at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Nov. 12-14. Local sommelier David LeClaire presented the wines. In addition to sampling regional wines, guests viewed the work of more than 200 participating artists and enjoyed festive music and performance art from Lelavision. A Holland America Line cruise was raffled. Net proceeds of $4,000 benefited uncompensated care.
Robby Harrington Guild
The Robby Harrington Guild served up another winning doubles tennis tournament on Sept. 12, raising more than $14,000 for Seattle Children's Heart Center. After a day of tennis at Mercer Island Country Club, 65 participants enjoyed appetizers, dinner and wine from winemaker Mike Berghan. Mark and Stacy Harrington, guild co-presidents, spoke about their son Robby's cardiac care at Children's. Dr. Mark Lewin, co-director of the Heart Center, talked about the latest in cardiology research and training. Silent auction items included an Italian dinner for 10 and a weekend in Leavenworth. Tournament participants included Kim Thomas and Alan Fulp.
The Silverdale Guild had a busy autumn, raising $2,330 through three events. Members held a Bunco party Oct. 23 at the Elks Shelter in Bremerton, where they raised $270 for uncompensated care. A white-elephant auction at the group's Nov. 4 meeting netted an additional $360, and a holiday bazaar at the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton Nov. 22 raised nearly $1,700 more. At the bazaar, members raffled gingerbread, family night, Cougar and Husky-themed gift baskets. Guild members Barbara Paul (left) and Linda Roberts greet attendees. Guild president Pat Fahy reported that many guests stopped by the guild's table to share how Children's has touched their lives.
The eighth annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance raised $70,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Supported by the SOVREN Guild and sanctioned by the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, the Sept. 12 Concours drew more than 3,200 people to Carillon Point on the shores of Lake Washington. Attendees viewed displays of historic automobiles, sidecar motorcycles and vintage wooden boats from across the United States and Canada. The vehicles were grouped into 12 classes and judged on rarity, quality, presence and elegance. Children's patient Marques Mar, 10, was one of 13 junior judges who presented a special award. The Best of Show winner was a 1937 Delahaye 135-M Figoni-Falaschi, owned by Peter and Merle Mullen.
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild raised $4,000 for Seattle Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Monster Bash 2010. Children's patients, nurses, physicians and staff joined more than 150 costumed attendees Oct. 23 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst for a family-friendly afternoon of Halloween fun. Activities included a haunted house, pumpkin decorating and pony rides. A popular attraction was the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, courtesy of Trophy Cupcakes and Party.
The Symphony Guild raised $195,000 at its 13th annual concert, held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle Nov. 5. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care. More than 2,000 concertgoers attended Primal Symphony, written by Grammy Award-winning composer (and guild founder) Mateo Messina to explore "the lives and the emotions that tie us together." Special guests included Blake Lewis of American Idolfame, the band Barcelona, the Seattle Choral Company, Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Chorale. Former Seattle Children's patient Alfie Bautista performed a song he co-wrote with Messina. Not only did the guild raise nearly $200,000, it did so while significantly lowering expenses.
Taxi Driver Guild
The Taxi Driver Guild raised $750 for uncompensated care in October. Taxi operator and guild president Dennis Roberts raised the funds by selling Miracle Balloons to passengers during his annual drive from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. Roberts is recruiting sponsors for a planned cross-country trip, during which he will raise funds for the hospital while driving to New York.
Congratulations to the Tillicum Guild, which turned 40 in 2010. The guild was established in Panorama City, a retirement community in Lacey, to provide items for Seattle Children's, such as books, handmade quilted blankets, finger puppets and knitted blankets, hats and dolls. The 52-member guild logged nearly 3,700 volunteer hours last year and is a consistent contributor to Children's thrift stores.
The Tiny Footprints Guild raised more than $10,000 for the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) at a dinner and auction at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Bellevue Oct. 21. About 50 guests enjoyed wine and dinner while browsing silent auction items that included a Palm Springs getaway, a two-night stay at the Westin Seattle and Husky football tickets complete with a tailgate party. Dr. Craig Rubens, GAPPS executive director, spoke about the crucial role groups such as Tiny Footprints play in supporting research. Rubens with (from left) guild president Erica Gower; his wife, guild member Gloria Rubens; and guild members Erin Merlino and Claire Collins at the Rubens home in December.
Tri-Cities Women for Children Guild
The Tri-Cities Women for Children Guild raised nearly $4,600 for uncompensated care Sept. 18 with Blues Uncorked, an evening of wine tasting and live blues music. More than 100 guests gathered at the beautiful Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery in Richland and enjoyed a barbecue dinner and discounted wine purchases. Courtney and Matt Andersen spoke about the lifesaving care their daughter Aftyn received at Seattle Children's after she was born with a rare bronchogenic cyst. Prior to the wine tasting, the guild raised additional funds with "From Grape to Glass," when participants visited the new Goose Ridge production facility for a tour, grape-crush demonstration and wine-blending seminar with winemaker Kendall Mix.
Vala Youngquist Guild
The Vala Youngquist Guild held its 15th annual shopping bus trip Nov. 20 and raised more than $11,000 for uncompensated care. More than 160 guests filled three buses and traveled from Burlington to Molbak's Nursery and later to Bellevue Square. In addition to starting their holiday shopping early, attendees enjoyed a mimosa breakfast, raffles and door prizes. Guild members and their friends also started their holiday giving early with a Raise the Paddle for uncompensated care. (Pictured) Tami and Kim Frye are all smiles on the bus trip.