In fiscal 2011, guild members gave 170,535 volunteer hours to Seattle Children's. Thank you for giving your time to help kids!
Ann Carlson Guild
The Ann Carlson Guild was busy this August, hosting two events to benefit uncompensated care. The Grape Escape brought 300 people to Juntunen Farm and Gardens in Mount Vernon Aug. 3 for wine tasting, local artisan foods and touring the beautiful gardens. Guests participated in a grape-stomping challenge (at left) and bid in a silent auction for items including Teatro Zinzanni tickets and a zip-lining excursion. The event raised more than $45,000, a portion of which benefited uncompensated care. About 100 golfers participated in the Fore the Kids Golf Tournament Aug. 16, co-hosted by the guild and the Eaglemont Ladies Association. Players enjoyed breakfast before a day of golf at Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon and a taco buffet afterward. A silent auction featured restaurant gift certificates and rounds of golf. Proceeds of more than $11,000 benefited uncompensated care for cancer research clinical trials.
Beverly Lambert Guild
The Beverly Lambert Guild hosted something new this spring with its bocce ball tournament at Arena Sports in Seattle’s Magnuson Park May 5. Fifty participants enjoyed an Italian-themed evening complete with antipasti, pizza, gelato and competitive bocce ball. Members of the winning team received basil plants and bottles of prosecco. Tom McNutt of Boccemon provided the court and equipment. He also attended the event and taught guests how to play. The competition raised $16,000 for uncompensated care.
Cancer Advocacy Network Guild
The Cancer Advocacy Network Guild (CAN Guild) co-presented One Big KISS at the Ballpark Sept. 9. The CAN Guild partnered with 106.1 KISS FM and the Seattle Mariners to host a day of family fun as the Mariners took on the Oakland A's at Safeco Field in Seattle. Guild members sold silent auction items, and KISS personalities Jackie and Bender and members of the KISS party crew broadcast from the field. Cancer patients and their families watched the game from donated suites. After the game ended, kids in attendance ran the bases. The day raised $4,335 for pediatric cancer research.
Circle of Hope Guild
The Circle of Hope Guild hosted three events this summer to benefit uncompensated care. The first event – “Dine. Drink. Donate.” – was a charity happy hour held at Kelly O’Brien’s Irish pub in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. About 60 people enjoyed “good grub for a good cause” and helped raise $1,140. For the second year in a row, the guild partnered with the JC Invitational Golf Scramble to raise an additional $12,000. The tournament (pictured) brought 140 golfers to White Horse Golf Club in Kingston July 28. Seattle HeliTours hosted a helicopter ball-drop over the course. One lucky golfer won a gift certificate to Hotel 1000 for virtual golf and drinks. In addition, Kyler and Carson Sparling, 6 and 5, sons of guild president Shari Sparling, hosted an Xbox tournament to raise additional funds. “Kinect’ing Kids to a Cause” was held July 14 at the Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square, and proceeds of $450 benefited uncompensated care.
Clare Beckett Guild
The Clare Beckett Guild hosted its third annual Evening of Love and Laughter event June 19 and raised $20,000 for uncompensated care. Approximately 125 guests dined on appetizers at Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah and bid in a silent auction. Auction items included vacation packages to Paris and New York and a guitar signed by Taylor Swift. Guild members also sold raffle tickets to raise additional funds. At left, guild members (from left) Judy Gaffney, Anita Baruch and Brooke Shumaker enjoy the event.
Dreams of Hope Guild
The 2012 Seattle Children's Calendar, managed and produced by the Dreams of Hope Guild, raised more than $55,000 for uncompensated care and research this year. The long-standing fundraiser, established in 1938, is sold in local grocery stores – PCC, QFC, Albertsons, Metropolitan Market and others. Guilds also sell calendars to earn guild credit. Congratulations to the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild, the top-selling guild in 2012. This summer, the Dreams of Hope Guild released its 2013 calendar (an image from which appears at left). If your guild would like to join the tradition and sell 2013 calendars, contact Kelly Stryer at 425-821-0406 or by email.
Eastside Friends for Children's Guild
About 100 women partied with the Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild at Girls Night Out at Neiman Marcus June 2 and helped raise $25,000 for uncompensated care. Guests wore spring attire to the Bellevue store for festive activities, appetizers, wine and desserts. The evening included both live and silent auctions with items such as an evening cruise on Lake Washington and a chauffeured tour of Woodinville wineries. Attendees could also purchase auction items from the guild’s Teen Table, which included a backpack of books, DVDs, iTunes gift cards and sports items. All Teen Table items were then donated to teen patients at Seattle Children’s.
Eat Well, Be Active Guild
About 45 bicyclists rode the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) July 14 to 15 with the Eat Well, Be Active Guild and raised $20,000. The STP is one of the top three rides in the country and this is the third year the guild has participated in the ride to raise money for Seattle Children's Obesity Program. The Obesity Program works to prevent and treat childhood and teen obesity and helps families choose healthy lifestyles. At left, about half of the team gathers before the start of day two of the STP.
Friends for Life Guild
The Friends for Life Guild’s casino night at Georgetown Brewery in Seattle raised nearly $9,200 for cancer research May 19. A Cure Is in the Cards drew about 100 guests for live music from Soul Motivation and a barbecue dinner. Dr. Doug Hawkins, associate division chief of Hematology/Oncology at Seattle Children’s, spoke about the importance of philanthropy and the impact of guild fundraising. Natalie Smith, 12, and Owain Weinert, 11, talked about their experiences while being treated for cancer at Children’s. Guild members also sold blown-glass ornaments and votive candle holders, which are designed by a young cancer patient each year.
Golfing for Kids Guild
The 2012 Norwegian Invitational Golf Tournament brought 108 golfers together Aug. 4. The scramble-style tournament, presented by the Golfing for Kids Guild, was held at Hawks Prairie Golf Club in Lacey; it raised $7,826 to benefit uncompensated care. The guild was formed in 2010 by longtime friends who love golfing – and supporting Seattle Children’s.
Haircuts 4 Kids Guild
The Haircuts 4 Kids Guild raised about $4,000 in its 18th annual golf tournament May 19 at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting in Port Orchard. Nearly 80 golfers participated in the tournament, including (pictured at left, from left to right) Tom Hedges, Jim Jennings, Dave Kostecka and Graeme Welsh. Afterward, guests gathered for dinner and bid on live auction items. Welsh, the guild’s founder, also volunteers at Seattle Children’s, giving free haircuts to patients and their family members. Proceeds from the tournament benefited uncompensated care.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild presented its Queen’s Day Celebration April 28 at West Mercer Elementary School on Mercer Island. The celebration included carnival-style games and a puppet theater for kids, as well as a flea market, a silent auction and a Dutch food pavilion. Attendees also cheered on a parents-versus-kids soccer match. More than 150 kids and parents attended the event, which raised $7,500 for the Child Life Department.
Heart of Cooper Joe Guild
The Heart of Cooper Joe Guild celebrated its fifth anniversary with a barbecue held Aug. 25. About 30 family members and friends gathered at the home of Kelly and Scott Kim, Cooper's parents, to celebrate Cooper's life and raise money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. The event raised $2,000. At left, barbecue attendees (from right) Wendy, Detlef and Deidrick Gerbing in their Heart of Cooper Joe t-shirts.
High Five Sadbh Guild
The newly formed High Five Sadbh Guild held a kickoff event June 21 and raised more than $5,000 for uncompensated care. About 90 guests gathered at The Chieftain in Seattle to learn more about the guild and how to get involved. Guild founders talked about why they started the guild and encouraged people to join as members or to make donations. The guild was founded in 2011 to honor Sadbh and the care received, for paralyzed vocal cords, as a newborn at Seattle Children’s. Many thanks to The Chieftain for donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the guild.
Hope on the Hill Guild
The Hope on the Hill Guild’s third annual Raise the Dough program raised more than $2,300 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. The guild once again teamed up with Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s in Issaquah. On June 19, both retailers donated 20% of their proceeds from online, dine-in and take-out orders to the guild. Guild members (at left, from left to right) Erin Michael, Ashley Clark and Tammy Alderman advertised the promotion in costume. Local musician Dan Connelly performed at Zeeks for pizza-lovers who chose to dine in. Mark Mullet, the owner of Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s Issaquah locations, received treatment for third-degree burns at Seattle Children’s when he was 18 months old.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild and the Hydrocephalus Support Group of Seattle Children’s joined forces with the national Hydrocephalus Association to present a WALK for Hydrocephalus. More than 400 walkers gathered at Magnuson Park in Seattle July 21 and raised more than $92,000 for hydrocephalus research. After the walk, participants enjoyed a picnic lunch and were joined by Children’s CEO Dr. Tom Hansen, honorary walk chair, and Sergeant James Spence of the 191st Infantry Brigade out of Fort Lewis, the guest of honor.
Jo Anna Danna Guild
More than 50 people attended the Jo Anna Danna Guild Founders’ Celebration, which was the guild's first event. The event marked the end of the guild's successful membership drive, raising more than $2,000 for uncompensated care. Celebrity musician Billy Mac provided entertainment. The guild also collected 250 new harmonicas for patients at Seattle Children’s. A drawing was held at the Founders’ Celebration to award someone the honor of presenting the harmonicas to the hospital. Merrilee Rush, pictured at left with Mike Winkler (center) and Billy Mac, won the drawing.
Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer Guild
The Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer Guild raised more than $10,000 with its Punish Cancer Yard Sale April 27 and 28. Community members came to Rowe Farm Warehouse in Naches, Wash., to browse thousands of items – everything and the kitchen sink – including clothing, household items, furniture, toys and appliances. The guild was formed in January 2012 by Danae and Nicolas Huck after their son, Jonaven, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. Proceeds from the yard sale benefited neuroblastoma research.
Julian’s Dinosaur Guild
Congratulations to Julian’s Dinosaur Guild, which held its first event Aug. 12. About 200 guests joined guild members at the Auburn Activity Center for dinner and a silent auction. Attendees bid on more than 100 kid-friendly auction items such as a week's stay at Disneyland and listened to music by a live band. Dr. Akiko Shimamura (pictured at left, center, with Anne Wetmore, left, and Valancy Blackwell) spoke about bone marrow failure and her work at Seattle Children's. The guild is named for 5-year-old Julian Blackwell, a Children’s patient who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2010 and who received a bone marrow transplant in 2011. Guests celebrated Julian's one-year "transplantiversary" at the event. Proceeds of $20,000 benefited aplastic anemia research to help "Make Aplastic Anemia Extinct."
Kitsap Friends of Children's Guild
Nearly 150 music-lovers attended the Kitsap Friends of Children's Guild Rock the Cure Aug. 25 and raised $600 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's. Rock the Cure is a music festival featuring local bands, which was held at The Manette in Bremerton. Bands included Letters, Passing Avidya, Klementine and All In Favor. Guild members also sold artwork, which was donated by local artists. The guild thanks sponsors the Windermere Foundation and Invisible Friends Productions.
Marvelous Matt Leppell's Guild
Race fans and other supporters joined the Marvelous Matt Leppell’s Guild for A Day at Emerald Downs in Auburn July 28. Races held that day were dedicated to families whose children were treated at the hospital, and Emerald Downs donated a portion of each entry fee to Seattle Children’s. The day of family fun raised $250 to benefit uncompensated care.
Mary Ann Bothell Guild
Many supporters gathered for the Mary Ann Bothell Guild Garden Party at Lynn’s Gift and Garden in Bothell May 20. Guests strolled pathways lined with the season’s best plants and flowers. Guild members offered wine tastings as shoppers chose their plants, garden tools and accessories. Proceeds of $500 benefited uncompensated care. Guild members (at left, from left to right) Mary McKay, Helen Langer and Carol Glasser enjoyed the garden party despite rain showers.
Mercer Island Guild
Congratulations to the Mercer Island Guild, which netted $123,000 for uncompensated care and research in 2012. The guild produces the Mercer Island Phone Directory, a project its membership has managed for 69 years. Guild members raise funds by selling advertising to local businesses and requesting donations from the community when they deliver the finished books.
The Nightingale Guild’s Dreams on Draft event drew 63 people to Big Al Brewing in Seattle Aug. 19. Guests tasted Big Al’s Famous Brougham Bitter and the newly bottled Hop Villain beer and savored food from Hot Dog Girl's food cart. Live music was provided by Red Jacket Mine. Proceeds of $1,346 benefited uncompensated care.
Owain's Army and Cancer Advocacy Network Guild
A team of 60 bicyclists rode the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) July 14 to 15 as Owain’s Army and raised $30,000 for the Cancer Advocacy Network Guild. Alex and Heather Weinert formed Owain’s Army in honor of their son, Owain, 11, who is being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Seattle Children’s. This is the second year that Owain’s Army has participated in the STP; the total raised is nearly $90,000. Proceeds from this year's ride will support uncompensated care to help cover the cost of a child’s participation in a cancer research clinical trial. Owain’s Army thanks sponsors Popcap, Second Ascent, CasCioppo Brothers, Salmon Bay Lending and HdLT for their support.
Phil Smart Sr. Guild
The Phil Smart Sr. Guild shopped for a cause Aug. 21 and raised $308 for the Rehabilitation Van at Seattle Children's. Guild members (left, at a previous event) and their friends gathered at Peek, a new children's clothing store in Seattle's University Village, to view the store's new fall collection. Peek donated a portion of all sales from the event.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild held a reception May 5 to “pass the torch” to a new group of young leaders. Approximately 60 guests attended the event, which was held at Seattle Children’s administrative offices and featured speakers from Dr. Jim Olson’s cancer research lab. Guild members also sold handmade cards and art pieces and served appetizers. The incoming guild president, Margo Coxon, is the younger sister of Sydney Coxon. The guild was founded in Sydney’s memory in 2006 by Sierra Alef-Defoe, Maddy Berkman and Kelsey Josund, who are starting college this fall. The reception raised nearly $600 for Olson’s cancer research.
Port Ludlow Guild
The Port Ludlow Guild's golf-a-thon and spaghetti dinner raised more than $7,000 for uncompensated care Aug. 21. The one-man golf-a-thon took place at the Port Ludlow Golf Club and began before sunrise. Vito DeSantis, director of golf at the club, played 100 holes in about 13 hours. Guild members collected pledges, sold raffle tickets and cheered for DeSantis. Supporters enjoyed a "Go Vito" spaghetti dinner after the golf-a-thon. At left, DeSantis with Port Ludlow Guild members.
Preston Kuppe Guild
The Preston Kuppe Guild held its sixth annual Art à la Carte luncheon May 4 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. About 225 guests helped raise more than $100,000 for uncompensated care. A live auction emceed by John Curley offered wine-tasting excursions, overnight getaways and golf packages. The silent auction featured paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass art donated by Northwest artists. Andie Johnson, mother of 3-year-old Noah, spoke about how uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s helped her son when he was diagnosed with a lymphatic malformation shortly after he was born and required extraordinary care even to eat and breathe.
Project Grace Guild
The Project Grace Guild hosted a shopping night at Tory Burch and raised approximately $2,000 for uncompensated care. About 35 supporters gathered at the Bellevue store June 28 to sip champagne, enjoy desserts and browse the clothes and accessories. Guests received a 10% discount on purchases made during the event, and the store donated a portion of all sales to the guild.
Run for Children's Guild
The Run for Children’s Guild raised more than $100,000 for uncompensated care at the Covey Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. The run was held Aug. 18 as part of the 25th annual Auction of Washington Wines and drew 1,300 people to Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. Runners and walkers collected pledges and donations individually and in teams before the race. Prior to the race’s start, participants heard from Keilana Hamper and her mom, Holly. Keilana was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at Seattle Children’s at age 9 months. She is now 11 and takes part in Children’s cancer survivorship program.
Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association
Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association joined forces with Shred-it and QFC to hold a community Shred-a-thon Aug. 25. Individuals brought documents to Shred-it trucks parked in six locations from Mukilteo to Gig Harbor. The Shred-a-thon raised nearly $5,000 for uncompensated care and research. Thank you to Shred-it, QFC and the following guilds for their support: Alan Richard Howard Guild, Angie Harrison Guild, Cancer Advocacy Network Guild, Dr. Julien Soule Guild, Jayme Oliver Guild and Kent Guild. At left, Jayme Oliver Guild members (from left) Mebie Thompson, Frances Kenna and DeAnna Sutton volunteer at the Mukilteo location.
Community members shopped for treasures at the Sequim Guild’s annual Garage, Plant and Christmas in July Sale, which was held in Sequim July 27 to 29. In addition to holiday items and plants, the sale included furniture, artwork, toys, games, luggage and sporting goods. Instead of pricing items, the guild asked shoppers for donations. The sale raised $5,600 for uncompensated care. The guild also sold homemade pies, jams and jellies as a part of the Sequim Rotary Club Salmon Bake this summer and raised an additional $650 for uncompensated care. At left, guild members (from left) Maureene Dubiak and Irma Colvin at the Salmon Bake.
Stillborn Still Loved Guild
The Stillborn Still Loved Guild presented Swirl and Sip May 20, a wine tasting and silent auction held at Grand Cru in Bellevue. About 100 supporters attended the guild's first event to sip fine wines from Steppe Cellars and Dunham Cellars. Proceeds of more than $35,000 benefited the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, which is leading a collaborative global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. Dr. Craig Rubens, GAPPS executive director, spoke about the urgent need for more research to understand the causes of and ways to prevent prematurity and stillbirth.
The Sunbeam Guild brought families together for Claire’s Movie Night Celebration June 8. The event was held at the Crest Cinema Center in Shoreline and featured a showing of The Lorax. Before the movie, kids enjoyed a carnival that included face painting. Adults bid in a silent auction for items such as jewelry and gift certificates. The family-friendly evening raised $3,500 for uncompensated care. At left, Megan Jones works at the face painting booth.
Susan Campbell Woodin and Alan Richard Howard Guilds
The Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and the Alan Richard Howard Guild teamed up to participate in the C-Fair Charity Horse Show Aug. 1 to 5 and raised about $8,000 to benefit uncompensated care. The show is held at the Evergreen Equestrian Park in Monroe and is sponsored by the Morgan Horse Club of Washington State. Over the years it has become known as one of the best multi-breed horse shows in the Pacific Northwest. The show has supported Seattle Children’s since 1986. At left, 10-year-old Megan Packwood hugs her partner, Marvelous Mint Delite.
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild held its fourth annual Bunco Night Aug. 1. About 75 people played the fast-paced dice game at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Seattle's Laurelhurst neighborhood. Guests of all skill levels, who ranged in age from 4 to 94, enjoyed beverages, snacks and prizes. The Three Feet of Sunshine Junior Guild added a sweet end to the evening with its dessert auction. Seattle Children’s Drs. Ross Hays and Klane White accepted the guild's most recent donation of $10,000 and talked about the impact of the guild’s fundraising efforts on patients and families. The guild supports Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team, which works to enhance the quality of life of critically ill patients.
Swim for Children's Guild
The newly formed Swim for Children’s Guild presented the Park to Park Swim Aug. 26, an open-water swim across Lake Washington. 225 swimmers gathered at Matthews Beach in Seattle to swim the 1.42 miles to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland, where they enjoyed a hearty breakfast. Proceeds of more than $16,000 benefited the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund, which enables Seattle Children’s social workers to provide families with assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing and transportation. The Park to Park Swim has generated more than $65,000 for Children’s in its eight-year history; this is the first year the Swim for Children’s Guild has presented the event.
Tri-Cities Junior Guild
The Tri-Cities Junior Guild hosted Run Miles 4 Smiles Aug. 24 and donated $3,300 to uncompensated care. About 70 people of all ages participated in the four-mile fun run, which was held at Goose Ridge Winery in Richland. Runners and an additional 100 supporters gathered after the race for food, beverages and live music by the Tri-Cities Prep High School band. The Tri-Cities Junior Guild, which was formed in 2001, also supports the Harvest Ball dinner and auction held each fall.
Vala Youngquist Guild
Congratulations to the Vala Youngquist Guild, which celebrated 10 years of its Soak Up the Sun auction Aug. 4. The annual summer event drew 140 guests to a private residence in Bayview, where they enjoyed Mardi Gras–themed festivities, a catered dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. Guild founder Shelly Whan emceed the program, which included hearing from Kaydee Curbow of Burlington and her parents. Kaydee, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 at age 11, underwent a bone marrow transplant at Seattle Children’s. The evening raised more than $30,000 for uncompensated care. At left, guild members (from left) Susan Lehman, Holly Nielsen and Toni Cross show off their Mardi Gras spirit.
Vascular Anomalies Research Guild
The Vascular Anomalies Research Guild hosted a golf tournament at Highlander Golf Club in East Wenatchee July 28. About 60 golfers played in the tournament and competed in closest-to-the-pin, long-drive and putting contests. After golfing, guests bid in a silent auction for items such as an Escape to Leavenworth package. The guild was founded in 2011 by parents of children with vascular anomalies. Proceeds of $5,700 benefited vascular anomalies research at Seattle Children’s.