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Plentiful Support for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

Third Annual Run of HopeMore than 2,000 people participated in the third annual Run of Hope.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild presented the third annual Run of Hope Sept. 25 and raised $289,000 for the brain tumor research led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson. Held at Seward Park in Seattle, the family-friendly 5K run and 3K walk attracted more than 2,000 participants. Paul Dudley emceed the day, which included a post-run festival with live music by American Standard. Drs. Olson and Rich Ellenbogen shared updates on the brain tumor research currently being conducted at Children’s.

The top fundraiser won a trip for two to the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. The first-place individual runner in the event won a night’s stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and complimentary registration for the 2012 run. Many thanks to the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, event co-presenter and sponsor.

A Bountiful Harvest Ball

26th Annual Harvest BallWendy Funicello (left); event chair Lydia McMillin; Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association trustee Laurie Boehme; and Children's Dr. Sanford Melzer are joined by "Land of Oz" characters at the 26th annual Harvest Ball.

Approximately 225 guests followed the yellow brick road to the 26th annual Harvest Ball, themed “Land of Oz,” held Oct. 22 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. Attendees were greeted by the Steve Haberman Trio, who performed songs from the famous film. Jim Hall, director of Community Relations at Kadlec Hospital, emceed the evening, and Dr. Sanford Melzer, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development at Seattle Children’s, talked about the ways in which our regional outreach provides quality care to patients around the state. Children’s patient Alli Stutesman spoke as well, about being treated for a tumor on her brainstem.

After bidding in silent and live auctions, guests danced to live music by the band BrickHouse until 1 a.m. The affair was presented by the Harvest Ball Guild, comprised of members from Tri-Cities guilds and consistently the top fundraiser for Children’s in Eastern Washington. This year’s event raised $108,000 for uncompensated care.

“The Colors of Autism” Yields $525,000

The Colors of AutismGuild members Marilee McCorriston, Aurora Bearse, Karen Kaizuka and Michelle Jewell at "The Colors of Autism" gala and auction in October.

Seattle Children’s Autism Guild raised $525,000 Oct. 8 at “The Colors of Autism,” its third annual gala and auction supporting Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Nearly 400 guests gathered at the Seattle Sheraton to learn more about the center while enjoying cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions. Live auction items included a one-week stay in an Italian villa and a trip to Boston to watch the Mariners take on the Red Sox at Fenway Park. A challenge grant from the John Spencer Bradley Foundation, which matched raise-the-paddle gifts, donated $100,000 of the evening’s proceeds.

KING 5 TV anchor Jean Enersen emceed the program. Children’s Dr. Gary Stobbe spoke about the progress the center has made since opening in 2009 and shared his appreciation for the community's support. Ian Crosby, whose daughter has autism, spoke about his family’s experience at the center. Honorary auction chairs Bill Krueger and his wife, Jo, talked about their experience raising a child with autism.

Many Thanks to the Mito Guild

Many Thanks to the Mito GuildGuild Association board chair Barbara Mann (left) with Mitochondrial Research Guild president Jill Herczog and her daughter Michelle.

The ninth annual Cure for Mito auction and dinner, presented by the Mitochondrial Research Guild at Willows Lodge in Woodinville Sept. 17, raised $265,000. Proceeds benefited research into mitochondrial disease, a condition that results from defects in mitochondria, specialized compartments within cells that produce energy needed to support growth and sustain life. Approximately 200 guests danced to live music by the Robert Vaughn Jazz Band and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a four-course dinner prepared by executive chef Bobby Moore with wine pairings by JM Cellars; a live auction featured a trip to Napa Valley and a skydiving package. Seattle Children's Drs. Phil Morgan and Jeff Ojemann talked about the ongoing efforts in mitochondrial disease research. Tricia Bertsch, whose son Calvin has mitochondrial disease, spoke about Calvin's care at Children's.

Festival of Trees Lights Up The Fairmont

Festival of Trees 2011Patients Ansley and Marik lit the Grand Tree at Festival of Trees with help from The Fairmont Olympic Hotel's general manager Dennis Clark.

Hundreds of Seattle Children’s supporters gathered at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle Nov. 20 for the 33rd annual Festival of Trees, presented by the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild. Guests viewed the elaborately decorated trees, enjoyed homemade cookies, had their photos taken with Santa and visited the Teddy Bear Suite. A holiday boutique featured small trees and ornaments for sale. The guild hosted a silent auction, new this year, that included items such as holiday wreaths and centerpieces.

Each of the 20 elaborately decorated trees was dedicated to a Children’s patient and sponsored by a local business. Siblings and Children's patients Ansley and Marik (pictured) lit the Grand Tree in the hotel lobby. Proceeds of nearly $144,000 benefited uncompensated care and research.

Remarkable Results in 2011

Thanks to your hard work and dedication, guilds raised $11 million for Seattle Children’s in fiscal 2011 through projects, events and membership dues.

This remarkable achievement exceeded the fundraising goal for 2011 by $751,800 and the 2010 results by $261,000. More than 70 guilds also surpassed their own fundraising goals.

Thank you to the top 25 guilds in 2011 (listed in order), which raised 87% of total revenue. Special thanks to the Friends of Costco Guild, which raised 56% of the total.

2011 top 25 fundraising guilds

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