Triumphs of the Top 25

In 2010, the top 25 fundraising guilds brought in $9.3 million for Seattle Children's. The funds supported uncompensated care, research and special interests. The Friends of Costco Guild alone brought in $5.5 million with its Children's Golf Classic in August. Our top 25 guilds range from the recently established to veteran fundraisers, connected by their inspiring accomplishments for Children's. The events described here represent the breadth of experience and passions of some of our top 25 guilds this season.

A Second Success for the Autism Guild

Autism Guild Spotlight

(From left) Lauri Perry, Michelle Jewell, Andrea Duffield and Jennifer Avellino helped organize the Autism Guild's event

Seattle Children's Autism Guild raised more than $320,000 Oct. 2 at its second gala and auction to benefit Children's Autism Center. "The Colors of Autism: Embracing the Spectrum" drew 360 guests to the Seattle Sheraton, where attendees bid in silent and live auctions and enjoyed wine, hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, who drafted the landmark Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Senate Bill 843), gave opening remarks. KING 5 TV anchor Jean Enersen, who hosted a 2009 HealthLink special on the Autism Center, emceed the event. Children's Dr. Charles Cowan spoke about the need to increase the center's capacity so as to reduce patient wait times. Jeff Randall conducted the live auction; items included a trip to Bali, a Mariners spring training excursion and a Hawaii vacation.

An Unbelievable Fourth Year

We Believe Guild

At the We Believe Guild's event, guild members and guests all wore a touch of blue to add to the evening's Blue Bayou theme.

The We Believe Guild raised $240,000 - double its financial goal - at the "Blue Bayou...Where Dreams Come True" dinner and auction Nov. 6. More than 200 guests gathered at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina for a French Quarter-inspired evening. The Roosevelt Jazz Combo set the mood while guests sipped French 75 cocktails and feasted on a New Orleans-themed dinner. Live auction items included a six-year Quilceda Creek wine vertical and a Jak's Grill dinner for 10. A Raise the Paddle benefited uncompensated care. Seattle Children's Dr. Thomas K. Jones spoke about his work in cardiac catheterization, and Dylan Halverson and family shared their story. Dylan was the first Children's patient to receive the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, which replaces problem heart valves without open-heart surgery.

Eight Mighty Years for Mito

Mitochondrial Research Guild Spotlight

Mitochondrial research Guild members and guests gathered at Willows Lodge to raise funds for mitochondrial disease research.

The Mitochondrial Research Guild raised $218,000 at the eighth annual Cure for Mito auction and dinner at Willows Lodge in Woodinville Sept. 11. Proceeds benefited research into mitochondrial disease, a condition that results from failures of the mitochondria, which are specialized structures within cells that produce energy. Themed "Dream," the event attracted 180 guests who enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, wine and a four-course dinner prepared by chef Bobby Moore. Martin Pearce and Shane Brooks spoke about their 5-year-old son Xander's care at Seattle Children's for mitochondrial disease. A live auction featured a three-night stay at the Bardessono luxury hotel in Napa, golfing in Coeur d'Alene and a Nordstrom shopping package. Afterward, guests danced to live music by City Knightz.

10 Years of Miracles

Miracle House Guild Spotlight

Miracle House Guild members have helped miracles take flight for 10 years.

The Miracle House Guild raised nearly $146,000 at the 10th annual Where Miracles Take Flight auction. Held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle Oct. 23, the event attracted 220 guests, who enjoyed wine, appetizers and dinner. Silent and live auctions benefited uncompensated care, and a Raise the Paddle benefited Seattle Children's Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, which is being supported by the Guild Association Funding Focus through the end of fiscal year 2011. The Miracle House Guild was formed a decade ago to provide additional support for the annual Funding Focus. Over its 10 years, Miracle House has netted more than $850,000 for Children's uncompensated care and Funding Focus programs - a true miracle.

Supporting Uncompensated Care for 25 Years

Harvest Ball Spotlight

Event co-chairs Joyce Goldsmith (left) and Trish Thompson accepted an award from the Guild Association Board of Trustees, presented by Dr. Sandy Melzer in honor of the Harvest Ball's 25th anniversary.

The 25th annual Harvest Ball raised $137,000 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco Oct. 16. Approximately 300 guests attended the affair, which benefited uncompensated care and included a tribute to 25 children from the Tri-Cities area who have been treated at Seattle Children's. Former patients greeted guests as they arrived. Dr. Sandy Melzer spoke about the importance of making Children's world-class care available in communities throughout our region. Jim Hall of Kadlec Medical Center emceed the event, which included dinner, silent and live auctions, a dessert dash and a "Once Upon a Vine" mystery wine sale. Afterward, guests danced to live music by the BrickHouse Band. The event was presented by the Harvest Ball Guild, which comprises Tri-Cities guilds.

Thank You to Our Top 25!

We thank our top 25 fundraising guilds (listed in order), who raised 88% of the Guild Association's total in fiscal year 2010. Special thanks to the Friends of Costco Guild, who raised 52% of the total.

  • Friends of Costco Guild
  • Team Seattle Guild
  • SOVREN Guild
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild
  • Mitochondrial Research Guild
  • Seattle Children's Autism Guild
  • Pink Polka Dots JOG
  • Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild
  • KC Howard Guild
  • Imagine Guild
  • Mercer Island Guild
  • Hydrocephalus Research Guild
  • We Believe Guild
  • Frances W. Nordstrom Guild
  • Run for Children's Guild
  • Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild
  • Miracle House Guild
  • Star Guild
  • Dreams of Hope Guild
  • Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild
  • Harvest Ball Guild
  • Symphony Guild
  • Preston Kuppe Guild
  • Project Grace Guild
  • Trey Green Guild