A Heartwarming Thanks!
Many of our guilds participate in “heartwarming” activities by making or collecting items for Seattle Children’s patients and their families.
Thank you to the below-named guilds for donating heartwarming items this quarter.
Very special thanks to Lucile and Noble Nilsen (pictured), who have donated more than 1,000 handmade quilts to the Katie’s Comforters Guild.
Ann Carlson Guild
On July 13 and 14, Mari Juntunen, member of the Ann Carlson Guild, hosted an Open Garden Weekend and Purge Party at Juntunen Farm & Gardens in Mount Vernon. Over the course of the weekend, about 65 people dropped off more than 200 bags, boxes and bins as well as art, collectibles and furniture. The event raised $365 in cash donations and about $8,000 worth of items, which will be delivered to Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques to sell for the benefit of uncompensated care.
Big Wheels of Hope Guild
The Big Wheels of Hope Guild sent nine bicyclists to the 100-mile Chelan Century Ride in Lake Chelan June 22. Guild members also participated in a number of other summertime athletic competitions, including the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Classic, Redmond Cycling Club’s RAMROD race, Cascade Bicycle Club’s RSVP race, triathlons and more. So far, the guild’s fundraising efforts have raised nearly $17,000 for emergency care at Seattle Children’s. If you are an athlete looking to turn your participation in bike races, walks, runs, swims or triathlons into a way to support Children’s, you can get involved with the Big Wheels of Hope Guild.
Bloom for Children’s Guild
On July 14, Bloom for Children’s Guild member and Guild Association Executive Director Aileen Kelly co-hosted It’s Pouring Outside, a wine-themed fundraiser, with Eva Campbell, fellow guild member and director of Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques. Guests brought bottles of wine for a wine pull; listened to live music by Bluezette, featuring Guild Association trustee Trish Thompson; and enjoyed appetizers. A silent auction featured plants, jewelry and fine wines. The event, held at Kelly’s home in Seattle, raised nearly $7,500 for the healing gardens at Seattle Children’s.
The Butterfly Guild held its third annual auction on June 1, raising more than $70,000 for research into Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, a condition involving bone marrow failure that often leads to leukemia and life-threatening infections. The event included a live auction, with Emmy Award-winning Jim Dever serving as the evening's auctioneer. Guests enjoyed dinner and wine while bidding on vacation packages, sailing excursions and catered private parties. Since Joe and Sarah Bowman (pictured) formed the Butterfly Guild in 2010, the Guild has grossed nearly $400,000 for research about Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.
Cancer Advocacy Network Guild: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Supporters of the Cancer Advocacy Network Guild filled Hale’s Palladium in Seattle June 8 for Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Summer DO to Crush Kids’ Cancer. The event celebrated Seattle Children’s patient Owain Weinert, who completed cancer treatment after three years of chemotherapy, as well as several other brave survivors of childhood cancer. Three bands performed for a high-energy crowd of 350 guests who also bid in a silent auction and bought raffle tickets for chances to win a Valve video game package or a Sounders package. Proceeds of $32,000 will support Dr. Mike Jensen’s pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s. The guild also partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for a Shave for the Brave, in which 25 people shaved their heads in support of children fighting cancer – and raised $24,000 for St. Baldrick’s.
Cancer Advocacy Network Guild: Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic
Crush Kids’ Cancer partnered with the Cancer Advocacy Network Guild and formed a bike team to participate in the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP). On July 13 and 14, 62 members of Crush Kids’ Cancer rode 200 miles in STP and raised $30,000 for pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s. Many thanks to AIM Consulting and VanSickle Investments. Crush Kids’ Cancer participates in rides all over Puget Sound. If you are a bike rider, consider joining the bike team.
Circle of Hope Guild
Approximately 140 golfers and their friends gathered at White Horse Golf Club in Bremerton July 13 for the Circle of Hope Guild’s 13th Annual JC Invitational golf tournament. For the third consecutive year, Seattle HeliTours performed its helicopter ball drop with fantastic prizes. In addition, the guild hosted Kinect’ing Kids to a Cause, an Xbox tournament for children, July 14 at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue. The golf tournament raised $17,000 for Dr. Mike Jensen’s cancer research; the Xbox tournament raised an additional $1,000.
Dreams of Hope Guild
The Dreams of Hope Guild raised more than $55,000 for uncompensated care and research this year through sales of the 2013 Seattle Children’s calendar. The guild manages the production of the calendar, which is then sold by additional guilds and in local grocery stores including PCC, QFC, Albertsons and Metropolitan Market. Congratulations to the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild, which sold the most calendars in 2013. This summer the Dreams of Hope Guild released its 2014 calendar. If your guild would like to join a longstanding tradition – guilds have been selling calendars to benefit Children’s since 1938 – and sell 2014 calendars, email Kelley Stryer.
Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild
More than 100 guests gathered at Inglewood Golf Course in Kenmore for Girls’ Night Out Black and Bling, hosted by the Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild June 8. The glamorous event featured both live and silent auctions with items such as a chef’s knife set from Seattle Cutlery, a wine tasting and tour for 12 at William Church Winery and a vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Jennifer Schumacher, a guild member and parent of a former Seattle Children’s patient, shared her family’s story. The evening’s proceeds totaled more than $38,000 for uncompensated care.
Friends of Mia Guild
The Friends of Mia Guild hosted its Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup June 15 and 16 at the City of Lacey Regional Athletic Complex. Eight high school alumni teams, comprising nearly 200 players, competed to raise awareness and funds for cancer research at Seattle Children’s. Members of the local soccer community look forward to the tournament, for a chance to watch former rivals compete and catch up with parents and players. For the second year in a row, Olympia’s Capital High School team won the tournament, which raised $8,000. Pictured, guild founder Casey Deligeannis and his son, Noah, present the tournament trophy.
Golfing for Kids Guild
The Golfing for Kids Guild hosted the 2013 Norwegian Invitational Golf Tournament Aug. 3 at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, where 92 people golfed in the two-person scramble style tournament and bid in a silent auction. Proceeds from the tournament benefited uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
Haircuts 4 Kids Guild
The Haircuts 4 Kids Guild presented the 19th Annual Haircuts Fore Kids Golf Tournament, a four-person shotgun scramble, May 17 at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. About 60 golf enthusiasts played in the tournament and competed in chipping and putting contests. After golfing, guests savored dinner, bought raffle tickets and bid in an auction. The day raised $4,600 for uncompensated care at Children’s. Pictured, from left, golfers Jim Jennings, Rob Phipps and guild founder Graeme Welsh.
Hansje Brinker Guild
On April 27, West Mercer Island Elementary School was transformed for the Hansje Brinker Guild’s Dutch Queen's Day Celebration. The family-friendly event featured carnival games, a puppet theater, a kid-centered flea market, a Dutch book stand, bingo and the annual kids-versus-parents soccer game. Auctioneer Karen Drapers, also known as the Queen (or, in Dutch, de Koningin), emceed a raffle. A silent auction included items such as Dutch artwork and a Holland America cruise. In total, the celebration raised nearly $8,000 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department.
High Five Sadbh Guild
The High Five Sadbh Guild presented a dart tournament June 27 at The Chieftain Irish Pub in Seattle. Of the 60 people that attended, 32 also played in the tournament. The guild also sold raffle tickets for prizes including a six-person wine tasting, tickets to Seattle Sounders games and specialty foods. Many thanks to Peter Johnson of The Chieftain, who donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the guild, helping raise a total of $3,226.
Hope on the Hill Guild
Friends of the Hope on the Hill Guild gathered at Kirk Park in Issaquah June 15 for a bake sale and refreshment stand. All baked goods were donated by guild members and their children. On June 18, guild members hosted their third annual Raise the Dough fundraiser at Zeeks Pizza in Issaquah. The guild’s summer events raised a total of $1,954 for uncompensated care.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild hosted the third annual Seattle Children’s Hospital and Hydrocephalus Association’s WALK at Warren G. Magnuson Park July 20 in Seattle. More than 500 people participated in the walk and the picnic that followed, raising $35,000 for hydrocephalus research. Children’s neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Browd emceed the event; Allen Schauffler, co-anchor of the weekend evening editions of KING 5 News, served as honorary chair. Kids enjoyed a variety of family-friendly activities tailored specifically to them. Local sponsors included Center for Diagnostic Imaging; Filament LLC; Sno-King MCI LLC; and Adix’s Bed & Bath for Dogs and Cats. Pictured, members of Brody’s Blue Angels at the WALK.
Jean Thompson Guild
On May 18, supporters of the Jean Thompson Guild gathered at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon for the Seventh Annual Festival and Benefit for Children’s Hospital. About 175 guests helped raise $33,000 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions as well as hearty hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Raffle prizes included a Schwinn bicycle and cedar garden bench. Carl Buhner spoke about his battle with meningococcal disease and the treatment he received at Seattle Children’s. Buhner, now 24, was a freshman at LaConner High School during his treatment. Today he is a graduate of Gonzaga University, employed as a civil engineer and engaged to be married, and he remains very grateful to Children’s.
Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer Guild
For the second year in a row, Nick and Danae Huck hiked to the top of Mount Adams for their Mount Adams Climb for a Cure. The Hucks, founding members of the Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer Guild, carried pennants supporters had purchased in honor of their loved ones. After reaching the peak, they staked each pennant into the mountain. Their effort raised more than $200 for neuroblastoma research.
More than 85 members and friends of the Kare4Kids Guild attended its Summer Palooza event July 13 at a private home in Redmond. Activities included laser tag, a bouncy house and video games, and attendees heard Seattle Children’s Dr. Sidney Gospe speak about neurology services at the hospital. The festivities raised $14,000 for the Neurology Department at Children’s.
Mary Ann Bothell Guild
The Mary Ann Bothell Guild partnered with Lynn’s Gift and Garden May 19 to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Approximately 100 guests attended a wine tasting at Lynn’s Gift and Garden in Bothell and browsed among garden gifts, sculptures, water features, plants and more. The fun afternoon of shopping and sipping raised $609.
Purchase a Miracle
Congratulations to the 86 Seattle Children’s guilds that placed more than 200,000 shelf tags in grocery stores across Washington state for Purchase a Miracle. Every year, Purchase a Miracle brings the community together by tagging products in participating stores throughout the state; proceeds from the sales of those products benefit Children’s. The Christopher Funk Guild tagged more stores than any other guild – an impressive 23 stores. The Ann Carlson Guild came in a close second with 22 stores tagged. Thanks in part to hardworking guild members like you, the Purchase a Miracle program and other grocery and drugstore industry special events helped raise $470,000 this year.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association Shred-a-thon
Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association and Shred-it got together to host a community shred-a-thon to help consumers fight identity theft. For the events, held June 1 at six Fred Meyer and QFC stores, the public was invited to bring unwanted personal documents and have them professionally shredded for a small fee. KING 5’s consumer reporter, Jesse Jones (pictured with Children’s staff members Caity McKean, left, and Wendy Funicello), encouraged people to attend in a featured segment of Let Jesse Buy It. Many thanks to the following participating guilds: Alan Richard Howard Guild, Angie W. Harrison Guild, Cancer Advocacy Network Guild, Dr. Julien Soule Guild, Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild and Jayme Oliver Guild. Proceeds totaling $5,719 benefited uncompensated care and cancer research at Children’s.
Sequim community members flocked to the town’s Timothy Lane to support the Sequim Guild’s Garage, Plant, Christmas in July Sale. On the July 26 to 28 weekend, guild members sold a huge variety of household and garden items and raised nearly $7,000 for uncompensated care. Prior to the sale, several guild members got together for a fun and fabulous painting party, transforming a number of chairs and tables donated by guild member Barbara Lippert into works of art for the sale. On Aug. 11, the guild hosted a booth at the Sequim Rotary Club Salmon Bake and raised an additional $750 by selling homemade pies, jams and jellies.
Stillborn Still Loved Guild
The Stillborn Still Loved Guild raised nearly $50,000 at its Swirl & Sip event May 19 at Hotel Monaco in Seattle to benefit the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). The evening was emceed by founding guild member Ashley Kimberley and included a live auction led by Larry Snyder, a silent auction, a dinner and many donated local wines. About 120 guests watched Born in Silence, a moving GAPPS-produced film, and heard Seattle Children’s Dr. Maneesh Batra and founding guild member Abbie Smith talk about their experiences with stillbirth.
Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and Alan Richard Howard Guild
From July 31 to Aug. 4, the Susan Campbell Woodin Guild again partnered with the Alan Richard Howard Guild in hosting the C-Fair Charity Horse Show in Monroe, which raised about $1,500 for uncompensated care. Both novice and experienced riders competed in the five-day event, one of the top multi-breed horse shows in the Pacific Northwest. Many thanks to event sponsor, the Morgan Horse Club of Washington State.
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild presented its fifth annual Bunco Night July 31 to benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). More than 50 bunco novices and experts alike gathered at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst to roll the dice, compete for prizes and enjoy tasty snacks. The festivities also included an auction of decadent desserts prepared by the guild’s own junior members (pictured). The entire PACT service was on hand to accept the guild’s most recent donation of $10,000 and to share inspirational stories of how funds directly benefit the quality of life for Children’s patients and families.
Swim for Children’s Guild
On Aug. 25, friends and supporters of the Swim for Children’s Guild gathered at Matthews Beach in Seattle for the Park to Park Swim. 300 swimmers participated in the 1.42-mile open-water swim across Lake Washington, coming ashore at O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland for a well-deserved breakfast. The event raised $26,000 for the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund, which enables Seattle Children’s social workers to provide families with assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing and transportation.
Trey Green Guild
The Trey Green Guild hosted its eighth annual Wine Gala and Auction at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim June 1. About 220 guests enjoyed local beverages and appetizers, bought raffle tickets and bid in live and silent auctions featuring vacation packages, restaurant gift cards and more. Seattle Children’s patient Tia Borum talked about her experience with achalasia, a rare disorder of the esophagus that compromises the ability to swallow. The guild also held a four-person scramble-style golf tournament May 31 and formed the Miles for Miracles team that ran in the North Olympic Discovery Marathon June 2. Combined, the guild’s weekend of events raised $83,400 for uncompensated care at Children’s.
Tri-Cities Junior Guild
The Tri-Cities Junior Guild organized Miles 4 Smiles, a charity fun run, again this year and raised $5,900 for uncompensated care. Runners, walkers and even some jogging strollers gathered at Goose Ridge Winery in Richland early in the morning on Aug. 24 to begin the race. About 100 people participated in the run and stayed for family-friendly activities.
Vascular Anomalies Research Guild
The Vascular Anomalies Research Guild presented a golf tournament and silent auction July 27 at Highlander Golf Club in East Wenatchee. Golfers participated for prizes in long-drive, closest-to-the-pin and putting contests, and prizes were also awarded to first and second place tournament winners. Following golf, attendees bid in a silent auction and enjoyed dinner. The event raised $10,500 for vascular anomalies research at Seattle Children’s. Pictured, founding guild members Kyle and Andie Johnson.