More than 50 guilds held events or projects benefiting Seattle Children's between August and December 2011. Thank you!
Adaline Coffman Guild
The Adaline Coffman Guild held its annual Holiday Gala Dec. 3 and raised $15,000 for uncompensated care. Themed “Cheers for Children’s,” the event drew approximately 100 attendees to the historic Hotel Washington in Chehalis. Guests savored a tapas-style dinner, bid in a silent auction and purchased raffle tickets for a stay at the hotel. Cory Moses emceed the program, which included hearing from Seattle Children’s patients Nicole Beck and Tory Robertson, who spoke about their treatment for cancer.
Angie W. Harrison Guild and T.C. Baldwin Guild
The Angie W. Harrison Guild and the T.C. Baldwin Guild hosted the 14th annual Sleigh of Dreams shopping bus trip Nov. 19. Sixty-nine attendees traveled from Kitsap County to shop at Wight’s Nursery in Lynnwood and Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. Guild members also sold raffle tickets for chances to win holiday goodies. The day raised $1,830 for uncompensated care and collected many items for Project Teen.
Ann Carlson Guild
More than 140 supporters attended the Ann Carlson Guild’s Diamond Jubilee at Eaglemont Golf Club in Mount Vernon Oct. 25. Guests sipped champagne and sampled items from a brunch buffet. A silent auction featured themed purses filled with specialty items. Guild members also sold raffle tickets for the chance to win a diamond ring donated by member Karen Kesselring. Balisa Koetje emceed the program, which included hearing from Barbara Geraghty, a pediatric hospitalist at Skagit Valley Hospital and Seattle Children’s. Proceeds of $2,914 benefited uncompensated care.
The BlueStar Guild continued its support of Seattle Children’s Pet Partners Program, contributing nearly $300 with its WAGS 2011 event Oct. 15. This year’s WAGS (Working with Animals, Generating Support for Seattle Children’s Hospital) event was a dog photo shoot themed “Wish Upon a Star.” Hospital supporters brought their four-legged friends to Mud Bay’s Lake Forest Park location for photos, prizes and treats. Seattle Pug Rescue provided entertainment with tricks and games. (At left, Emily Clark with her dog Baxter.) The guild held a second event at North City Bistro in Shoreline Nov. 20, raising an additional $2,000. Guests had dinner while listening to live music by Lee Oskar, formerly of the band War. Accompanied by his blues band, Oskar played harmonica.
Cancer Advocacy Network Guild
The Cancer Advocacy Network (CAN) Guild participated in Childhood Cancer Awareness month with a CAN Mariners night Sept. 14 and raised nearly $1,500 for cancer research. Mariners fans bid in a silent auction for sports memorabilia including a baseball signed by Mariners players Felix Hernandez and Franklin Gutierrez, as well as for Husky football tickets and photos signed by Seattle Storm team members. Children’s patients and guild representatives Owain Weinert and Natalie Smith, along with friends and family, met players during batting practice and had their photos taken with Mariner Casper Wells.
Catalina’s Hope Guild
Approximately 125 guests joined the Catalina’s Hope Guild for Steppe Up for Kids Sept. 24. Held at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, the event raised $67,000 for uncompensated care and research. Guests enjoyed wine from Steppe Cellars paired with a buffet dinner and bid in silent and live auctions. Live auction items included stays in Whistler, Walla Walla and Palm Springs. David Grosby from 710 ESPN Seattle emceed the program, which included a video featuring the work of Seattle Children’s Dr. Mike Jensen and his cancer research efforts. At left, guild members Serena Boehmer (left) and Janelle Romans.
Circle of Hope Guild
The Circle of Hope Guild presented Cheers for Children’s, a wine event and silent auction, at Aspira in Seattle Sept. 10. At this year’s event – themed “Live. Give. Love.” – 150 supporters helped raise $27,000 for uncompensated care. Guests sipped wine served by Cuillin Hills Winery, Barrage Cellars and Des Voigne Cellars and dined on catered food courtesy of the Milo Gray Guild and local vendors. Silent auction items included a travel package to Mexico, a Coupeville sailing experience and extraordinary bottles of wine. Guests made direct donations to uncompensated care by contributing to a “giving tree” set up by the guild. Former patient Cole Hardman talked about his experiences, and Seattle Children’s Dr. Mitchell Weinberg also spoke about the hospital and the importance of uncompensated care.
Circus of Dreams Guild
The Circus of Dreams Guild raised $37,000 with its 2011 Circus of Dreams. More than 600 people attended three shows held Sept. 10 and 11 at ACT Theatre in Seattle. Themed “Playground,” this year’s event featured acrobatic artistry and aerial stunts by performers from around the Pacific Northwest and a few special performances by contestants from the 2010 season of America’s Got Talent. Seattle Children’s patients and kids from the Make-a-Wish Foundation attended as honored guests. Proceeds from the shows benefited the brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. Michelle Lee, a graduate student who works in Olson’s lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, gave an update on the research.
Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild
The Cooper Joseph Lytle Guild held a non-event this season, mailing a letter to longtime supporters inviting them to make a donation to the guild in lieu of attending an event. Responding friends and family members helped the guild raise $18,275 for uncompensated care.
The Daughters Guild raised $20,000 for uncompensated care with its fifth annual Touchdown for Tots Oct. 22. Seattle Children’s supporters gathered at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium to cheer on the University of Washington Huskies as they played Stanford University. Guests enjoyed wine, beer and a catered dinner while viewing the game on television. Silent auction items included autographed sports items, wine-themed gift baskets and spa products. Children’s patient Kami Sutton spoke about her ongoing treatment for a congenital heart defect. After hearing Kami’s story, guests made direct donations to the hospital in a raise-the-paddle call.
Des Moines Auxiliary
The Des Moines Auxiliary has presented its annual Holiday Bazaar for 22 years; the 2011 bazaar, held Nov. 18 and 19 at Des Moines United Methodist Church, raised $5,000 for uncompensated care. The event featured 30 vendors selling handmade crafts and included door prizes, a raffle and a bake sale. Approximately 400 community members shopped the crafts tables for holiday gifts and ate a home-style lunch prepared in the church kitchen. Santa took time out of his busy schedule for photos, and Saturday afternoon’s attendees enjoyed a performance by the church choir.
Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild
The Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild decked the halls at Seattle Children’s Hospital with its annual Holiday Affair, held Dec. 2 in the hospital cafeteria. Guild members sold holiday gift baskets, baked goods and raffle tickets to patient families and staff. Proceeds of $7,800 benefited uncompensated care.
Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild
Video game enthusiasts joined the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild for a Night Out with Bungie Nov. 5. Bungie Corporation, owner of the Halo video game franchise, opened its Bellevue studio to 120 gamers who played a Halo tournament to win prizes and raise funds for the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp. Between games, players bid in a silent auction for artwork, Seattle Aquarium passes and Seattle Seahawks tickets and enjoyed drinks and a buffet dinner. The event netted $4,352 for the camp founded by Children’s heart specialist Dr. Stanley Stamm; it is held each August to give children with serious illnesses the chance to fish, ride horses and take part in other camp activities while still receiving their required medical support. At left, Kim Korte (left), director of Children's Child Life Department, with Michele Rebert, summer camp coordinator.
For the Love of Jacob Guild
Octagon Football hosted the Seattle Seahawks Toy Drive with For the Love of Jacob Guild members at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Seattle Dec. 5. Players Marcus Trufant, Justin Forsett (pictured, from left) and Marshawn Lynch signed autographs for holiday shoppers who donated a toy to Seattle Children’s. The drive collected 650 toys. Special thanks to the Dos 98 Red youth soccer team, which collected 125 toys.
Frances W. Nordstrom Guild
More than 200 guests joined members of the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild Nov. 4 for Big Night, the guild’s annual cocktail party, and raised $100,000 for uncompensated care and cancer research. The evening was held at Sodo Park by Herban Feast in Seattle and featured cocktails, dinner and dancing to live music by the band Mister Miyagi. Pat Cashman, at left with event co-chairs (from left) Sue Black, Pam Baughn and Katrina Moon, emceed the program. Seattle Children’s patient Skyler Hamilton, 12, talked about his treatment for metastatic medullosblastoma, a cancer of the brain and spinal column. After hearing from Skyler, guests donated $45,000 of the evening's proceeds in a raise-the-paddle.
Frank D. Merritt Guild
The Frank D. Merritt Guild hosted an afternoon of desserts and storytelling at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn Oct. 1. Themed “Around the World with Nellie Bly,” the event featured storyteller Debbie Dimitre, who impersonated the late-19th-century journalist Nellie Bly. The event raised $1,000 for uncompensated care. The guild, which also participates in Purchase a Miracle and sells calendars to benefit the hospital, has been active for nearly 65 years and has two charter members. At left, guild members Shirley Leonard (left) and Fern Valentine with Debbie Dimitre (front).
Friends for Life Guild
The Friends for Life Guild sold handblown-glass ornaments this holiday season and raised $25,000. The ornament was created by Uptown Glassworks with help from Owain Weinert, 10, a Seattle Children’s patient treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This is the sixth year the guild has sold ornaments inspired by a Children’s patient. At left, Owain prepares to get to work designing this year’s ornament. Proceeds benefited cancer research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Friends of Yuen Lui Guild
The Friends of Yuen Lui Guild held a photo competition and exhibition at Vermillion Gallery in Seattle Nov. 6. Approximately 60 guests attended the guild’s second exhibit and bid on 27 photos for auction. Barrio Mexican Kitchen provided food and drinks. Proceeds of $2,000 benefited uncompensated care. Many thanks to sponsors Fuji, Photo Center NW, Diversified Imaging, Glazers and Panda Lab.
Golfing for Kids Guild
The Golfing for Kids Guild teamed up with the 2011 Norwegian Invitational Golf Tournament, held Aug. 6 at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, and raised $5,031. Eighty participants enjoyed a day of golf followed by silent and live auctions to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. The live auction featured a trip for six to Costa Rica, a one-week stay in a condominium near Mt. Baker and a travel package for two to Temecula Creek Resort in southern California. At left, guild president Greg Enbusk and his daughter Sophie present the guild’s proceeds check at Children’s.
The Grayland Guild presented its 18th annual Artisan Show and Sale at Ocosta Recreation Hall in Ocosta and raised $2,395 for uncompensated care. The show, held Nov. 11 to 13, was themed “Every Child Is a Star.” The 19 vendors sold handmade items including jewelry, pottery, wooden toys and decorations. Guild members also sold raffle tickets to win a bird house, quilt, jam basket and bicycles.
Guild Association Holiday Bazaar
The 2011 Guild Association Holiday Bazaar raised $2,000 for uncompensated care Nov. 11. Held at Seattle Children’s Hospital's cafeteria, the bazaar featured baked goods, gift baskets and other seasonal items, giving patients, families and staff the opportunity to begin their holiday shopping. Many thanks to Seattle Children’s Retail and participating guilds: Alan Richard Howard Guild, Dr. Beryl Manring Lane Guild, Dr. Jane L. Burns Guild, Dr. Julien Soule Guild, Marion Finley Guild, Martha Lake Guild and Star Guild.
Guild Association Shred-a-thon
Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association and Shred-it teamed up to fight identity theft with a “shred-a-thon” Sept. 10. Community members brought personal documents to Shred-it trucks parked in six locations between Olympia and Everett. The shred-a-thon raised more than $7,000 for pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s. Many thanks to Shred-it and the following guilds for their support through the event: Cancer Advocacy Network Guild, Dr. Julien Soule Guild, Alan Richard Howard Guild, Rhema’s Reality Guild, For the Love of Jacob Guild and Jenna’s Wings Guild.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild raised more than $7,200 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department with its third annual Orange Bike Parade Oct. 2. Approximately 100 participants gathered at Seward Park in Seattle for the family-friendly ride. The guild, named after a fictional Dutch child, celebrates its members’ heritage by asking riders to wear orange, the national color of the Netherlands. Many came brightly dressed, bringing their bikes, Rollerblades or “anything on wheels.” The event included three cycling courses, set up for little bikers, big bikers and extreme bikers. After riding, families picnicked in the park and kids enjoyed face painting, crafts and games.
Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild
Congratulations to the Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild, which raised $138,000 in its eighth annual Seattle Snow Ball Dec. 18 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The Snow Ball is a multigenerational event with guests as young as 12 joining their parents and grandparents for dinner and dancing. Dr. Michael McMullan, surgical director of Seattle Children's ECMO program, spoke about how community support allows his team to treat a broader range of patients. McMullan also encouraged the young adults in attendance to join their parents in supporting uncompensated care. Many thanks to event sponsor Moccasin Lake Foundation. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care.
Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild
The Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild’s 12th annual Cruise for a Cure attracted more than 140 supporters to the Community Center at Mercer View on Mercer Island. Held Oct. 8, the Monte Carlo– themed evening featured wine, appetizers and dinner. Attendees bid in silent and live auctions for items including a rooftop crab dinner for 10 and two fully equipped kayaks. Proceeds of $71,000 benefited the brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. Olson spoke at the event and updated guests on the work occurring in his lab. Lisa Wrenn talked about her son Keaton and his treatment at Children’s for a brain tumor.
KC Howard Guild
The KC Howard Guild’s 17th annual holiday luncheon held at the Grand Hyatt Seattle raised $86,000 for uncompensated care and cancer research Dec. 5. Themed "Shop, Sip and Savor," the luncheon featured the US Bank Marketplace with shopping and wine tastings. Live auction items included a weekend getaway to Crystal Mountain. Seattle Children's patient Skyler Hamilton, 12, talked about his treatment for metastatic medullosblastoma. Dr. Mike Jensen spoke about cancer research underway at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute.
The Kent Guild continued its 13-year tradition with its Artisans' Festival Nov. 8, raising $12,000 for uncompensated care. Approximately 1,000 community members visited Meridian Valley Golf and Country Club in Kent to shop the festival for handmade treasures. Thirty-six local artists sold jewelry, Christmas ornaments, holiday decorations, candles and specialty food items. Guild members also sold raffle tickets for a chance to win restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets and an original painting. As they shopped, guests listened to live music by Bronn Journey, a classical harpist.
Laura Brigman Guild
The Laura Brigman Guild presented the 19th annual Husky Toy Drive Sept. 24 at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Attendees of the Washington Huskies vs. California Golden Bears football game brought new toys for Seattle Children’s patients along with their Husky pride. Guild members collected 14 bags of toys and nearly $13,000 in cash donations. Toys and donations benefited Children’s Child Life Department. Special thanks to Toy Drive sponsors Q13 Fox and Les Schwab. (From left) Kristine Hovde, Diana Clements, Cindy Morgan and Debbie McAfee collect toys at Husky Stadium.
Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild
The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild held its annual Pickleball Fundraiser at a private home in Shoreline Sept. 17 and raised $7,400 for uncompensated care. Nearly 60 people savored a Mexican-food buffet dinner and cheered for those playing in the 16-player bracket tournament. Players competed for prizes including downtown Seattle hotel accommodations and wine packages. All guests watched the final match, which pitted the previous year’s champion team against a new team. Natalie Smith, 12, spoke about her experiences as a Seattle Children’s patient treated for acute myelogenous leukemia. At left, junior guild members make a splash after the tournament.
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild
The Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild held its annual Holiday Shoppe Nov. 15 at Our Lady of Fatima Social Hall in Seattle. Attendees sipped wine and savored appetizers while shopping for items from 30 vendors. Vendors sold handcrafted and imported items from around the world along with candy and specialty food items. Guild members also sold raffle tickets for chances to win prizes of jewelry, gifts, clothing and linens donated by participating vendors. Vendors gave 20% of their proceeds and the festive event raised $11,790 for uncompensated care. At left, guild members Karen Baker (left) and Marybeth Alwood at the Holiday Shoppe.
Marion Finley Guild
The Marion Finley Guild’s annual holiday card program raised approximately $3,500 in 2011. Cards were designed by Seattle Children’s patients, family members and friends. The guild hosted a silent auction at Children’s administrative offices Dec. 15 and raised more than $2,000. Proceeds from both fundraisers benefited uncompensated care.
Mary Ann Bothell Guild
The Mary Ann Bothell Guild kicked off the holiday season with Mistletoe Madness, its annual holiday luncheon and auction. Held Nov. 2 at Nile Golf and Country Club in Mountlake Terrace, the event included silent and live auctions, a raffle, lunch and holiday cookies homemade by guild members. Auctioneer John Curley emceed the afternoon program. Seattle Children’s Dr. Gary Stobbe talked about Seattle Children’s Autism Center and the unique needs of autistic children and their families. Proceeds of more than $41,000 benefited uncompensated care and Seattle Children's Autism Center.
Miracle House Guild
The 11th annual Where Miracles Take Flight auction brought 250 attendees to the Museum of Flight in Tukwila Oct. 15. Hosted by the Miracle House Guild, the evening began with live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while guests shopped a silent auction. Dinner paired with Northwest wines was served during the live auction, which featured a three-night stay at a lodge-style home located near the Wenatchee National Forest. Shannon and Daniel Franson spoke about their experience at Seattle Children’s; their infant daughter, Eden, is a cardiology patient. Proceeds of $144,000 benefited uncompensated care and Seattle Children’s Autism Center.
Mitzvah Mama Guild
The Mitzvah Mama Guild presented The Big Spin, a “throw-down, blowout Hanukkah party,” at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle Dec. 18 and raised $12,000 for uncompensated care. Themed “Baby Loves Disco,” the event drew approximately 550 attendees, who enjoyed a family dance party to disco favorites; the dance floor featured bubble machines and the Northwest’s largest spinning dreidel. Kids’ activities included face painting. Mike Powell emceed the program and Darek Mazzone of KEXP 90.3 FM was the disc jockey.
The Nightingale Guild presented its seventh annual Bingo Dinner Auction and raised $19,433 for uncompensated care Oct. 1. The event drew 66 attendees to Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle where they enjoyed a beef tenderloin or salmon dinner, drinks and dessert auction. Guests also bid in silent and live auctions and listened to live music provided by students playing the harp, violin and piano. Featured live auction items included a seven-day Holland America cruise, a handmade quilt and a stay in Leavenworth. Natalie Smith, 12, spoke about her experiences as a Seattle Children’s patient treated for acute myelogenous leukemia.
Pat Harris Trilogy Guild
The Pat Harris Trilogy Guild hosted another year of festive fun at its Ho-Ho-Holiday Brunch Dec. 10 and raised $1,525 for uncompensated care. Held at the Cascade Club at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge, the breakfast buffet featured a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and entertainment from Kimmie the Clown. Approximately 125 individuals attended, including children and grandchildren.
Pearly Whites Junior Guild
The Pearly Whites Junior Guild was busy this fall, holding three events to support dental medicine at Seattle Children’s. The guild presented the Quincy Farmer Consumer Awareness Car Show Sept. 10 at Quincy High School’s baseball field. Local car enthusiasts viewed the hot rods, tractors and motorcycles on display. Vehicle owners donated to the guild in lieu of a registration fee, raising $2,615. On Thanksgiving morning, friends, family and guild supporters gathered at guild president Kendall Horning’s home for the fifth annual Turkey Trot. Approximately 100 participants either ran or walked and enjoyed coffee, cocoa, muffins and fruit prior to heading out to their Thanksgiving festivities. Attendees also bid in a silent auction and made cash donations to Children’s, raising $3,000, and brought many items to support Project Teen. The guild's Stache for Cash fundraiser yielded an additional $11,600; Microsoft Corporation and the Yahoo, Atos and McKinstry companies donated $100 for each employee who grew a beard.
Phil Smart Sr. Guild
Sixty-five Seattle Children’s supporters joined the Phil Smart Sr. Guild for a night out at J. Crew and Crewcuts in University Village Nov. 10. Guests shopped the stores’ holiday collections at a 10% discount and sampled light refreshments. J. Crew and Crewcuts donated 15% of the evening’s sales to the guild. Proceeds of $2,056 benefited the Rehabilitation Van Fund.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild presented the fifth annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 10 and raised $84,000 for the pediatric brain tumor research led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. The tournament attracted more than 100 golfers to Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett for golf, dinner and a silent auction. Silent auction items included watercolor paintings, a Northwest specialty foods basket and photography sessions. Nordstrom and The Pro Shop gift certificates were also raffled to raise additional funds. Brian Coxon, Sydney’s father, emceed the program, which featured a talk by Olson about the brain tumor research conducted in his lab.
Project Grace Guild
Congratulations to the Project Grace Guild, which raised $84,000 for uncompensated care with its Harvest Moon Soiree Sept. 23. The guild formed in 2007, and with the success of the Harvest Moon Soiree became one of Children’s top 25 fundraising guilds in 2010 and 2011. This year’s event drew 215 guests to Pickering Barn in Issaquah, which was decorated with colorful lanterns, flowers and glassybaby votives. Guests enjoyed appetizers, beer, wine and a buffet dinner and bid in silent and live auctions. Featured auction items included a wine-themed stay in Walla Walla and live Maine lobsters. Jason Stiles emceed the program, which included hearing from parent Christin Roger. Roger’s son Kyle, who passed away in 2009, was treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children’s.
Sammi’s Circle Guild
About 90 supporters joined the Sammi’s Circle Guild for a Family Movie Night Nov. 8 at Galaxy Theater in Monroe. Attendees watched The Polar Express and bid in a silent auction before the movie. Featured auction items included a holiday gift basket, Italian dinner gift basket and candy gift basket. Proceeds of $920 supported uncompensated care.
Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild
Approximately 90 people joined the Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild for its Margaritaville Dinner and Dance in Kennewick Sept. 10 and raised more than $12,000 for uncompensated care. Guild members John and Kathy Lehew hosted the evening at their home, which was decorated with tropical lights, leis and other festive items. Guild president Maggie Shallman spoke about the ways uncompensated care benefits children in Eastern Washington. Guests savored a catered dinner provided by O’Callahan’s Restaurant, bid for silent auction items and purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win gift baskets and jewelry.
Samuel Gordon Brooks Guild
The Samuel Gordon Brooks Guild hosted the 29th annual Home and Boat Tour in Anacortes Sept. 18. About 900 attendees viewed five homes and two historic boats during the tour. Guild members sold raffle tickets for prizes including jewelry and a gift certificate to Anthony’s Home Port. Proceeds of more than $14,000 benefited uncompensated care.
The ninth annual Kirkland Concours d’Elegance drew about 5,000 people to Carillon Point on the shores of Lake Washington Sept. 11. Supported by the SOVREN Guild and sanctioned by the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, the nationally ranked event featured rare and historic automobiles, motorcycles and boats from private collections and museums across the country. Entrants were judged for rarity, quality, presence and elegance by national and international experts. Seattle Children’s patient Gideon Galt was one of 13 Junior Judges who presented a special award. A 1911 Simplex (pictured), owned by Ray Scherr, earned Best of Show. The festivities raised $90,000 for uncompensated care.
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Three hundred and fifty people joined in the spook-tacular celebration at the third annual Monster Bash presented by Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild and held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Seattle Oct. 22. Guests came in costume for an afternoon of Halloween festivities including pony rides, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house and "creepy crafts." Many Seattle Children's patients and staff also enjoyed the event. Proceeds of $7,300 benefited Seattle Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team, which works to enhance the quality of life of critically ill patients. A special thanks to Trophy Cupcakes and Party, Craven Farms and the Huskies United in Giving Guild for their continued support of Monster Bash.
The Symphony Guild presented its 14th annual benefit concert – themed “The Last Wonder of the World” – at Benaroya Hall in Seattle Nov. 4. More than 2,000 guests attended the concert, which raised $198,000 for uncompensated care. Grammy-winning composer and guild founder Mateo Messina wrote the symphony, which was performed by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Chorale and the Northwest Boychoir. Special guests Civil Twilight, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting and Vicci Martinez of NBC’s The Voice also performed. Seattle Children’s patient Joanita Nimbassa (pictured, with Martinez) performed “I Am Strong,” a song she wrote with Messina and Martinez.
Tiny Footprints Guild
The Tiny Footprints Guild held its second Dinner and Silent Auction Nov. 4, raising more than $20,000. About 90 supporters gathered at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Seattle for a steak dinner and silent auction. The auction featured fine wines, a Starbucks gift basket and a round of golf at the Seattle Golf Club. Guild members Brent and Amanda Spraker spoke about the loss of their daughter, Emily Louise, who was stillborn at 40 weeks' gestation in 2003. Proceeds benefited the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), a Seattle Children’s initiative.
Vala Youngquist Guild
Three tour buses transported shoppers from Burlington to Bellevue for the Vala Youngquist Guild’s annual Holiday Shopping Bus event Nov. 19. During the trip, guild members served mimosas, peppermint patty cocktails and snacks to the 175 attendees. The first stop was Wight’s Nursery in Lynnwood for Wight’s Wonderland of Christmas. Thousands of ornaments and dozens of themed Christmas trees decked the nursery’s halls. Next, guests visited Bellevue Square for an afternoon of shopping the more than 250 retail brands available. Guild members Heather Shand, Shelley Whan and Sheryl Dunn emceed the bus trips. The festive day raised $16,371 for uncompensated care. (Pictured, from left) Jen Willis, Toni Cross, Susan Lehman, Shannon Moe and Kelsey Hanstead.
We Believe Guild
The We Believe Guild raised $263,000 during its fifth annual dinner and auction to benefit uncompensated care. The evening, themed “Hawaii Five-Oh,” was inspired by the classic television series and drew 200 attendees to the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland Oct. 21. Guests feasted on a Hawaiian dinner and listened to live entertainment by Elias. A live auction featured one-of-a-kind artwork and jewelry. Seattle Children's patient Owain Weinert, 10, spoke about his experiences at Children’s. Owain is currently being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.