Members Celebrate a Phenomenal Year

2012 Annual Meeting

The 2012 Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration was held at the Westin Seattle in April.

Guild members from across the state gathered at the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration to recognize one another's achievements and commemorate their shared successes. More than 500 guests attended the celebration held at the Westin Seattle April 27. Pat Cashman emceed the program, which included a special tribute to current and former trustees in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association Board of Trustees.

Pat Cashman and Marlene Vasquez

After interviewing Marlene Vasquez about her experiences raising a child with autism, Pat Cashman presented Vasquez with an iPad from the Bungie Foundation's "iPads for Kids" program, loaded with therapeutic content for her son.

Barbara Mann, Guild Association chair, thanked members for their collective efforts, which yielded a phenomenal $11 million for Seattle Children's in fiscal 2011, exceeding the 2011 goal and 2010 results. CEO Dr. Tom Hansen talked about Seattle Children's notable achievements and thanked guilds for their contributions in an amazing year. Lynn Vigo and Katrina Davis spoke about their work at Seattle Children's Autism Center, and Marlene Vasquez talked about her experiences raising a child with autism.

Peggy Habegger and Mary Brannon

Peggy Habegger (left) and Mary Brannon, the 2012 winners of the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement.

Mary Brannon of the Everett North Guild and Peggy Habegger of the Marion Blethen Mesdag Guild each received the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement. Both women were founding members of the guild board and have made tremendous contributions to Children's. The Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence was presented to the Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild.

Team Seattle Raises $110,000

Team Seattle Guild: Kitch Family

Don Kitch Jr. and his wife, Donna (pictured with their daughter, Siena), founded the Team Seattle Guild 15 years ago and have since helped it raise nearly $4 million for Seattle Children's.

The Team Seattle Guild raised $110,000 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona auto race, held Jan. 28 and 29 in Daytona, Fla. Many supporters traveled to Daytona to cheer on Team Seattle drivers competing in Mazda RX-8s. Once again, Team Seattle partnered with actor and driver Patrick Dempsey and the Dempsey Racing team.

"This was another fantastic year," says Don Kitch Jr., who founded the guild in 1997 with his wife, Donna. "I'm humbled by the support we continue to receive from friends and the racing community." Proceeds benefit the development of a cardiac hybrid surgical suite at Seattle Children's Heart Center, which combines cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery to provide less-invasive, lower-risk treatments.

Fashionable Fundraising for the Star Guild

Star Guild American Girl Fashion Show

Approximately 150 models and 200 volunteers participated in the Star Guild's American Girl Fashion Show in March.

The Star Guild raised $110,000 through its 2012 American Girl Fashion Show at the Hilton Bellevue March 17 and 18. Nearly 2,000 guests attended five shows, which featured models and dolls in matching historical and contemporary American Girl clothes. About 150 girls ages 6 to 12 modeled in the show and fundraised as part of the "Model Challenge." Models, together with junior members of the Star Guild, raised more than $27,000. Dozens of Children's patients also modeled in the show, including sisters, Abigail and Lucy Mosset. Abigail, 9, and Lucy, 6, are treated at Children's for juvenile idiopathic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, respectively, and were interviewed about their experiences. Proceeds from the show benefited uncompensated care and research. The guild has raised nearly $850,000 for uncompensated care since its founding in 2006.

Butterfly Guild Raises $70,000 for Research

Butterfly Guild: Joe and Sarah Bowman

Guild founders Joe and Sarah Bowman with "Evening Magazine" reporter Jim Dever at the Butterfly Guild's dinner and auction in January.

Congratulations to the Butterfly Guild, which raised $70,000 at its 2012 Dinner and Auction Jan. 21. Nearly 200 guests gathered at the Brockey Conference Center at South Seattle Community College to enjoy dinner and bid in live and silent auctions. King 5 TV Evening Magazine reporter Jim Dever, pictured with guild founders Joe and Sarah Bowman, conducted the live auction. Featured auction items included a three-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui and VIP passes to a taping of The Daily Show with John Stewart in New York City.

The Butterfly Guild was founded in 2010 to support research into Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, a rare inherited disease that mainly involves the pancreatic, bone marrow and skeletal systems and can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from difficulty in digesting food to necessity for a bone marrow transplant.

2011 Research Champions Guilds

Research Champions at Dr. Tom Hansen's house

On March 22, 60 representatives from Research Champions guilds heard from Drs. Nino Ramirez and Ben Wilfond at the home of Seattle Children's CEO Dr. Tom Hansen.

Thirty-three guilds joined Research Champions, a donor recognition program at Seattle Children's, by raising $2,500 or more for research in calendar year 2011. This is an 83% increase in Research Champions membership from 2010. Thank you for expanding your fundraising efforts to support Seattle Children's in its search for cures. Research Champions guilds are listed below.