Aiden Alvarado Guild
On Dec. 15 the Aiden Alvarado Guild held its first fundraiser, A Night at Pier 57, on the Seattle waterfront. The family-friendly event raised $3,000 for pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s. The night featured rides on the Great Wheel, as well as a silent auction, kids’ activities and music by Happily Never After and Roger Fisher, formerly of Heart. The guild was founded in 2012 by Brandon and Kalicia Alvarado, who lost their son Aiden to a rare cancer when he was five months old.
Beverly C. Lambert Guild
The Beverly C. Lambert Guild hosted Let’s Roll, a bocce ball fundraiser, on April 27 at Von Trapp’s in Seattle. More than 100 attendees formed their own teams and played bocce ball for prizes while enjoying German fare like bratwurst and sauerkraut. A raffle featured Night Flight, a lithograph by American painter Mark Tobey. Tom McNutt, owner of Boccemon, emceed the event, which raised $20,000 for uncompensated care. Pictured: Diahann Braseth, Kim Porter Brillhart and Carol Eland.
Bloom for Children’s Guild
Plant enthusiasts gathered for the Bloom for Children’s Guild’s first-ever Spring Bulb Sale April 19. The guild hosted the sale at Seattle Children’s main campus to jump-start the 89th Annual Garden Sale hosted by the Laura Brigman Guild that weekend. The bulb sale raised $1,200 for Children’s Grounds Department.
Carolyn Johnson Guild
The Carolyn Johnson Guild hosted something new this spring – its Be Better Bunny project. Guild members collected donations from participants who were given the chance to “sponsor” plush toy bunnies, which were then delivered to Seattle Children’s to comfort young patients. More than 70 bunnies were sponsored, raising $1,500 for uncompensated care.
Clare Beckett Guild
The Clare Beckett Guild hosted its fourth annual Evening of Love and Laughter on May 4 at ACT Theatre in Seattle. About 150 people attended and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres before participating in a raffle and live and silent auctions. Featured live auction items included a Holland America cruise and an experience with Puget Sound Sailing. Sariya Rashid, an advocate for epilepsy awareness and a Clare Beckett Guild member, talked of her family’s experiences at Seattle Children’s. The event raised $53,000 for uncompensated care.
Des Moines Auxiliary
The Des Moines Auxiliary hosted its annual spring luncheon and fashion show April 18 at Landmark on the Sound in Des Moines. More than 150 guests savored a catered lunch and viewed a fashion show by Rottles Clothing and Shoes. Raffle prizes included Mariners and 5th Avenue Theatre tickets. Karen Baughman, nurse manager at Seattle Children’s Federal Way Clinic, talked about how the clinic works closely with the hospital. The event raised $6,000 for uncompensated care at Children’s.
Desert Sun Guild
On April 13, the Desert Sun Guild held its Spring Gala at Anthony’s Event Center in Richland, raising $68,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Guests sipped cocktails while listening to music from BlueZette and shopping a vintage boutique. Silent auction items included a barbecue dinner for 20 and a cooler filled with local wines. After dinner, music by Fino brought everyone to the dance floor.
Dorothy Johnson Guild
The Dorothy Johnson Guild hosted two fundraising events this past holiday season. On Nov. 4, guests gathered at a private home in Kirkland and purchased gift baskets or designed their own. A raffle featured five large gift baskets with items such as wine, chocolates and Le Creuset kitchen items. On Dec. 10, guild members and guests celebrated another year of guild friendships with their annual Holiday Dinner and Grab a Gift at Italianissimo in Woodinville. The guild’s events raised nearly $3,000 for uncompensated care.
Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild
More than 100 members and supporters of the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild came to The Landing at 50 North on April 28 for the guild’s Fifth Annual Fashion Show. Guests enjoyed lunch and drinks while watching current and former Seattle Children’s patients model in the show. The event raised nearly $7,500 to benefit the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp.
East Hill Meridian Guild
More than 200 people gathered at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent on Nov. 3 to support the East Hill Meridian Guild. Guests savored lunch and dessert and viewed a fashion show featuring outfits from Rottles Clothing and Shoes in Auburn. Later, guild members raffled off 40 gift baskets and other items. The event raised more than $9,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
Focus on Kids Guild
The Focus on Kids Guild hosted a wine tasting and fundraising event on Feb. 23 to benefit the Laboratory Department at Seattle Children’s. At MAKERS in Seattle, the evening featured live jazz, a cupcake bar, wine-tasting stations, a wine ring toss and treats from Project V Distillery and Sausage Company. Heart-transplant patient Sophie Kuniholm spoke about her experiences at Children’s and how the work being done by the team at Children’s lab has changed her life. The event raised more than $19,000, including about $10,000 from a raise-the-paddle initiated by Sophie and her father, Tim Kuniholm.
Friends Helping Friends Guild
Play for Children’s, hosted by the Friends Helping Friends Guild, drew more than 150 supporters to Januik Winery in Woodinville Feb. 2. Guests played skee ball, miniature golf and wine-themed games. Aileen Kelly, executive director of Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, talked about the importance of supporting uncompensated care. The event raised a total $30,000 for uncompensated care at Children’s.
Friends of Mia Guild
The Friends of Mia Guild hosted its Miracles in Action Dinner and Auction April 20 at Lacey Community Center. Marv’s Marvelous BBQ provided a tasty dinner and guests bid in live and silent auctions. Seattle Children’s Dr. Rebecca Gardner spoke about cancer research. The evening raised $20,000 for cancer research at Children’s.
George Welch Guild
On Nov. 3, members of the George Welch Guild held their annual bridge luncheon and holiday sale, which raised $3,078 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. More than 90 enthusiastic bridge players gathered for the salad luncheon and purchased raffle tickets to win a picnic basket overflowing with treats. The bridge winners from each table also received a decorated box containing four gourmet cupcakes.
Guild Association Best Practices Evening
The Guild Association Fundraising Development and Support Committee presented a Best Practices Evening for guild members at the Lake Forest Park Civic Center on March 28. Approximately 45 attendees had lively discussion topics, such as how to spice up your event. Committee members hosted a dinner and dessert buffet.
Guild Association New Member Brunch
Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association hosted the Guild Association New Member Brunch on Feb. 9. Nearly 40 new members gathered at Ocean Café on Seattle Children’s main campus to meet other guild members and hospital staff. Fred Wilkinson, senior social worker at Children’s, discussed how his team of 60 social workers helps patients and their families. Guests also brought items to benefit Operation Family Care.
Hansje Brinker Guild
On Jan. 24, the Hansje Brinker Guild hosted a sold-out Dutch movie night at Northwest Film Forum. More than 50 film buffs attended a screening of The Hell of ’63, a drama about a dangerous ice-skating race in the Netherlands, and raised $800 for Operation Family Care, this year’s Guild Association–wide “heartwarming” drive to collect gift cards and groceries for Seattle Children’s patients and families in need.
Hope on the Hill Guild
The Hope on the Hill Guild hosted its second Bounce for Hope event on Jan. 21 at Kidz Bounce in Issaquah and raised $16,000 for uncompensated care. More than 500 attendees bounced, hopped and slid on inflatable structures, navigated obstacle courses and listened to family-friendly entertainment from Caspar Babypants, Eric Ode and Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies. Guests enjoyed arts and crafts, pizza from Domino’s Pizza in Snoqualmie, goodies from Sweet Treats and beverages from Seattle’s Best Coffee. Other highlights included a visit from Lightning McQueen of the movie Cars, face painting by Clownarific, martial arts performances by Karate West and balloon animals from Clowns Unlimited.
Huskies United in Giving Guild
The Huskies United in Giving Guild presented the University of Washington Dance Marathon on Jan. 26 at the Husky Union Building. For six hours, 150 participants danced the night away and raised $3,442 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Other activities included a limbo contest and photo booth. Four patient families also spoke about their experiences at the hospital.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild and its supporters raised $11,000 for hydrocephalus research at Seattle Children’s this spring. On April 19, famous motocross riders Ryan Villopoto, Broc Tickle and Jake Weimer visited Children’s and spent time with patients. MX for Children pledge drive participants joined supercross racers at the hospital and again the next day when Monster Energy Supercross gave them an inside look at the sport at CenturyLink Field.
The Imagine Guild hosted a glamorous Academy Awards® viewing party, inviting its guests to Walk the Red Carpet for Seattle Children’s Hospital Feb. 24 at Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. Attendees raised $15,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care as they viewed the 85th annual Academy Awards on a big screen, sipped fine wine and savored hearty hors d’oeuvres. The evening also featured a silent auction with items such as jewelry, art, movie memorabilia and date-night packages for hotels and restaurants.
Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild
Guests flocked to Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in Seattle for Night with the Stars 2013 hosted by the Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild Feb. 24. Guests viewed the 85th Annual Academy Awards® on big screens, bid in a silent auction and enjoyed a buffet dinner. The evening raised $6,670 for brain tumor research. The guild raised an additional $12,500 on March 11 at the home of guild members Eline and Kurt Mervis in Maui, Hawaii. The fun Are You Ready for Some Bingo? affair attracted 75 guests, including ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman and former Chicago Bears football player and current BearsTV announcer Tom Thayer. Lifetime guild members Doug and Susie Brown also attended the event, which featured a bingo tournament, wine and a Hawaiian barbecue.
Jayme Oliver Guild
The Jayme Oliver Guild raised $19,000 for uncompensated care March 9 at the Everett Golf & Country Club. About 200 attendees gathered at the luncheon and bid in silent and live auctions.
Laura Brigman Guild
From April 19 to 21, the Laura Brigman Guild hosted the 89th Annual Garden Sale outside Seattle Children’s administrative offices. The hospital’s longest-running fundraiser offered a variety of plants for sale, including ground covers, trees, annuals, perennials and shrubs, some of which were grown on hospital grounds. Groundskeepers were on hand to answer questions and provide advice, and the event raised $5,000 for the Seattle Children’s Grounds Department.
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild
The Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild teamed up with Leroux Fine Apparel for Men & Women on March 20 to host an evening of shopping, wine and cheese. Guests met at Leroux in Seattle and raised $1,200 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
Mercer Island Guild
For a remarkable 70 years, the Mercer Island Guild has produced the Mercer Island Phone Directory to benefit Seattle Children’s. Guild members create the phone directory, sell advertising to local businesses and collect donations from the community upon delivery of the books. This past year, the guild raised $128,000 for uncompensated care.
Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild
The Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild hosted Rock the Night Away at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle March 30. More than 170 guests danced to live entertainment by Billy Joe and the Dusty 45s and savored food from El Gaucho. A silent auction featured unique wine packages. Carin Towne talked about the importance of pediatric cancer research. Proceeds of $92,000 benefited cancer research.
On May 11, members and supporters of the Nightingale Guild gathered at Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup for the guild’s Eighth Annual Dinner and Auction. Attendees bid in both live and silent auctions for items such as vacation packages and tickets to special events. Proceeds of $18,700 benefited uncompensated care.
Plum Creek Guild
On March 27, the Plum Creek Guild’s Spring Basket Raffle and Celebration raised $15,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Held at the Plum Creek Timber Company, the raffle featured 13 unique baskets with prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants and stays at Suncadia and The Woodmark Hotel.
Seattle Children’s Autism Guild
Members of the Seattle Children’s Autism Guild and their supporters formed the Seattle Children’s Autism Team and joined 17,000 other runners for the F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 17. The four-mile race, Seattle’s largest single-distance race, has been a St. Patrick’s Day favorite for nearly three decades. The race is presented by the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and supported by guild members who help with race logistics and volunteer at the event. This is the third year in which a portion of the proceeds have benefited Seattle Children’s Autism Center.
Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild
On Feb. 23, more than 250 people put on their dancing shoes and joined the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild for its sixth annual event at Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom. The event included a 16-hour dance marathon as well as music, food, games and other activities. By the end of the marathon they had danced their way to more than $42,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
Team Seattle Guild
Supporters traveled to Daytona, Fla. to cheer on Team Seattle at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26 and 27. This year, the Team Seattle Guild participated in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and continued its tradition of competing in the Rolex 24 race. On the day of the Rolex GT race, Magnus Racing’s Porsches No. 44 and No. 45 represented Team Seattle. One car was decorated with special heart stickers to represent supporters of the Team Seattle Army as part of the Buy a Heart, Save a Life campaign. Over the course of the weekend, $100,000 was raised for Seattle Children’s Heart Center.
Tiny Footprints Guild
On Feb. 22, 85 guests gathered at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Seattle for Toast with Tiny Footprints. The evening was hosted by the Tiny Footprints Guild to support the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), a Seattle Children’s initiative. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner with wine and heard from Dr. Craig Rubens, executive director of GAPPS; Marcus Gale, who was born prematurely 11 years ago; and Jennifer Sinconis, whose twins were born prematurely. The event raised $20,000 for GAPPS.