13th Annual Children's Golf Classic Raises $7 Million

The dedicated members of the Friends of Costco Guild raise millions each year at the Children's Golf Classic

The dedicated members of the Friends of Costco Guild raise millions each year at the Children's Golf Classic.


The Friends of Costco Guild did it again at the 13th Annual Children's Golf Classic in August. The most successful fundraiser in the history of the hospital raised $7 million this year.

Lynn Winters (left) and guild founder Jan Sinegal (right) with Lisa Owen Wrenn and her son Keaton

Lynn Winters (left) and guild founder Jan Sinegal (right) with Lisa Owen Wrenn and her son Keaton, who was treated for cancer at Seattle Children's.

Major sponsors attended a private VIP reception at Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center Aug. 4. The following evening, more than 1,000 people congregated at Safeco Field for dinner and live entertainment from The Blues Brothers - Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. Guests heard from Dr. Mike Jensen , director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and holder of the Janet and Jim Sinegal Endowed Chair in Pediatric Solid Tumor Research in honor of Korey Rose. Jensen discussed his team's cutting-edge work to develop a treatment that reprograms the immune system to attack and kill cancer cells. Lisa Owen Wrenn talked about her son Keaton's cancer treatment and his incredible survival and perseverance. On Monday, more than 1,000 golfers teed up at eight Seattle-area golf courses and afterward gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle for an awards party.

Jim Belushi (left) and Dan Aykroyd perform as The Blues Brothers

Jim Belushi (left) and Dan Aykroyd perform as The Blues Brothers at the Children's Golf Classic dinner and party.

Many thanks to Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco Wholesale, agron/adidas, Allied Marketing, American Express, Cargill Inc., Earth Friendly Products, General Mills, JBS USA, Niagara Bottling, Nice-Pak, Sun Products Corporation and Sinegal Family Foundation. Sincere gratitude to title sponsors Coca-Cola, Comprehensive Payment Recovery Services, ConAgra Foods, Earthbound Farm, First Choice Bank, LNK International, Mars Inc., Mazzetta Company LLC, National Beef Packing Company, Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream, PepsiCo, Pharmavite LLC, Tarantino Wholesale Foods, Trident Seafoods, Tyson, Unilever and Vizio.

"We are awed by the guild members who work year-round on the Children's Golf Classic. It takes tremendous coordination and talent to host this remarkable event and make such a major contribution to uncompensated care."

Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director

Thousands Attend Vintage Races

SOVREN Guild members and volunteers staff the ticket booth at the Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races

SOVREN Guild members and volunteers staff the ticket booth at the Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races.

The SOVREN Guild hosted the 24th Annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races from June 29 to July 1. Held at Pacific Raceways in Kent, the event drew a crowd of 10,000 car enthusiasts and raised nearly $470,000 for uncompensated care and research at Seattle Children's. Restored vintage cars raced at speeds up to 150 miles per hour. Guest celebrity Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 winner, signed autographs for fans. Prior to the races, guild members Eric and Barbara Mann hosted the Children's Checkered Flag Club Champions Dinner at the Bell Harbor Maritime Event Center for donors contributing $10,000 or more.

The guild thanks title sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Seattle and presenting sponsor Edelbrock Corporation; premier sponsor Jackson Dean Construction; associate sponsors CCS Printing, Children's Checkered Flag Club, Children's Checkered Flag Club Champions, Pacific Raceways and Windward Communications Group; and supporting sponsors Advanced Fire Protection, Freestone Capital, Lake Union Sea Ray and PGP Motorsports Park.

Trey Green Guild Weekend Raises $77,000

Katrina Henry and her daughter Jess talk about the leukemia treatment Jess received at Seattle Children's

Katrina Henry and her daughter Jess talk about the leukemia treatment Jess received at Seattle Children's.

The Trey Green Guild hosted another successful weekend of fundraising activities June 1 to 3. Friday afternoon brought golfers to Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim for a golf scramble. The next evening, 230 guests attended the guild's seventh annual Wine Gala & Auction, also held at Cedars at Dungeness. A silent auction featured more than 300 items, including trips to Cape Cod and Sun Valley. Katrina Henry and her daughter Jess, 18, talked about their family's experience at Children's, where Jess and her twin sister, Jill - who passed away in 2003 - were both treated for leukemia.

The weekend concluded with a guild-organized Sunday fun run, "Miles for Miracles," part of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. The combined events raised $77,000 for uncompensated care.

Imagine Guild Rides for 17th Year

Imagine Guild president Riley Atkins (left) with guild member Wendy Funicello and guild founder Rick Baldwin at Children's Ride 17

Imagine Guild president Riley Atkins (left) with guild member Wendy Funicello and guild founder Rick Baldwin at Children's Ride 17.

The Imagine Guild hosted the 17th annual Children's Ride weekend June 23 to 24 and raised $125,000 for uncompensated care and pediatric cancer research. The weekend started with an auction at Downtown Harley-Davidson that featured a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle. On Sunday, groups of riders started off at four motorcycle dealerships and convened at the Enumclaw Expo Center for a day of events. Riders and fans viewed a classic car and a motorcycle show. Attendees also bid in a silent auction, savored a barbecue lunch and enjoyed a motorclothes fashion show and live music from Magic Bus.

Many thanks to title sponsors Buyken Metal Products, Destination Harley-Davidson, Sun and Surf Run, Downtown Harley-Davidson, John L. Scott Foundation and Zackys Custom Rods.

Guild Members Help Make Miracles

Members of the Ann Carlson Guild (pictured above at their 'Keys for Kids' event) tagged 17 stores during the Purchase a Miracle campaign

Members of the Ann Carlson Guild (pictured above at their "Keys for Kids" event) tagged 17 stores during the Purchase a Miracle campaign.

Since 1988, the Purchase a Miracle campaign has raised more than $6.6 million for Seattle Children's. This success would not have been possible without tremendous guild member support. Over the years, hundreds of guilds have placed tags in thousands of grocery and drug stores to identify participating Purchase a Miracle products. This year, the campaign ran from May 1 to June 15 and 85 guilds placed shelf tags in 384 stores across the state. Special thanks to the Christopher Funk Guild, which placed tags in 19 stores, once again tagging more stores than any other guild.

The Purchase a Miracle campaign brings together product vendors, manufacturers, retailers, hospital volunteers, guild members and supporting buyers to raise funds. This year, the grocery industry is expected to raise more than $400,000 for uncompensated care, research and the Science Adventure Lab.