Children's Celebrates Its Generous Community

Guild Association Trustees at Celebration of Hope

Current Guild Association trustees joined other Seattle Children's leaders at Celebration of Hope in October.

Nearly 300 friends of Seattle Children's came together for Celebration of Hope: The Enduring Legacy of Giving Oct. 28. Children's Circle of Care members, Children's leadership and past and present trustees gathered at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle for an inspirational evening about the power of philanthropy. Many past and present Guild Association trustees attended the event.

CEO Dr. Tom Hansen shared how Children's new strategic plan will guide the next five years. Keynote speaker Dr. Alan Guttmacher, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, spoke about how new discoveries will impact the future of all children.

To conclude the program, Seattle Children's Hospital Board of Trustees chair Jim Ladd and Seattle Children's Research Advisory Board chair Dean Allen announced that Children's recently received two significant gift commitments totaling $65 million. An anonymous donor pledged an estate gift of approximately $50 million, the largest single gift in Children's history, to support greatest needs at Seattle Children's Research Institute. The gift was inspired in part by the donor's mother, who was a guild member.

The second commitment, of approximately $15 million, was made by Mrs. Jean Reid to advance training of nurses and to support Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.

Call for Nominations

Each year at the Guild Association Annual Meeting, our board of trustees recognizes superior guild support with the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement and the Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence. You're encouraged to nominate individuals and guilds for these honors.

Winners of the Anna Clise Award have demonstrated excellence by:

  • Assuming guild leadership roles
  • Volunteering in the hospital, clinics or thrift stores
  • Supporting the hospital financially through individual gifts, bequests, donations to fundraising events, etc.

Among other accomplishments, guilds that win the Chairman's Award demonstrate:

  • Consistent fundraising success
  • Growth or maintenance of membership by recruiting new members
  • Strong participation in Guild Association-wide projects and support for other guilds' events

Nomination forms with complete criteria  are available. You may also contact Melissa Cardenas at 206-987-6806.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is March 1. Thank you!

Regional Reach

Helen Hayes and Susan Poplack

Helen Hayes (left) and Susan Poplack co-chair the regional outreach meeting in Thurston-Mason County.

More than 35% of the Guild Association's 7,000 members live outside King County, raising awareness and funds for Seattle Children's across Washington state. These guild members attend regional outreach meetings, hosted by county representatives and supported by the Guild Association.

At the Thurston-Mason County Regional Outreach Meeting, held at the Olympia Golf and Country Club Nov. 4, 105 members heard from Guild Association board chair Barbara Mann and trustees Jane Humphries and Leslie Groberman. Louisa Malatos gave an update about Children's Pet Therapy Program. Guests also enjoyed a catered lunch and viewed a fashion show courtesy of the Olympia Thrift Store.

"Co-chairing our regional outreach meeting is very rewarding," says Helen Hayes, a county representative for Thurston-Mason County. "I love helping guild members in our area realize how important they are to Children's."

Regional outreach meetings are held in the spring and fall each year. If you are interested in learning more about a meeting in your area, contact Melissa Cardenas at 206-987-6806.

Purchase a Miracle: Volunteer Profile

For more than 10 years, Shannon Hagarty Gill has supported Seattle Children's by volunteering for the Purchase a Miracle campaign. Gill's nephew, Andrew Early, was treated at Children's for a genetic heart condition. Andrew passed away in 2001, and Gill now celebrates his life by participating in Purchase a Miracle. Her family also started the Andrew Early Guild in his honor.

"Participating in Purchase a Miracle is our way of remembering Andrew and enhancing the lives of other children and their families," says Gill.

Gill and her sister, Lori Vallone, place Purchase a Miracle tags on participating products in local grocery stores. In 2011, they tagged 18 stores; their record is 23.

Purchase a Miracle runs from May 1 to June 15 each year. It brings together retailers, manufacturers, volunteers, guild members and consumers to raise funds. Since 1988, the Purchase a Miracle campaign has raised $6.5 million for the hospital. This tremendous result would not have been possible without guilds. In 2011 alone, 78 guilds contributed to Purchase a Miracle.

Contact Jane Stiehl to get involved.