Annual Meeting Celebrates Past Successes and Future Hopes

2013 Guild Luncheon

The Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration, themed "Hope," brought more than 500 guild members and supporters together in May.

The Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration drew more than 500 guild members and supporters to The Westin Seattle on May 10. Barbara Mann, Guild Association chair, welcomed attendees and applauded guilds for their successes in 2012, which included raising $10.6 million for Seattle Children's via projects, events and membership dues.

SU Dance Marathon Guild

The Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild celebrates winning the Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence.

Dr. Tom Hansen, Children's CEO, spoke about Building Hope, the new addition to Children's main campus, which opened in April, and discussed other milestones achieved this past year. Medical Director of Emergency Services Dr. Tony Woodward talked about how the new Emergency Department, located on Level 1 of Building Hope, will improve the patient and family experience. Ken and Kim Anderson spoke about their experiences at Children's after their son, Travis, 9, survived a drowning in 2012.

Travis Anderson, mom Kim, and Bender

Seattle Children's patient Travis Anderson, with his mom Kim and event emcee Bender, shows how excited he is to be healthy.

Barbara Cosby of the Kent Guild won the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement. The Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence went to the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild. Bender, 106.1 KISS FM morning show host, emceed a program featuring a special 25th anniversary tribute to the Friends of Costco Guild and a high-energy, guild member lip-sync video celebrating the opening of Building Hope. At the program's conclusion, guests donated $40,000 to uncompensated care and Children's Emergency Department.

American Girl Fashion Shows Raise $100,000

Star Guild 2013

Star Guild members and volunteers prepare to welcome more than 1,800 guests for the 2013 American Girl Fashion Shows.

Five American Girl Fashion Shows raised more than $100,000 for uncompensated care this spring. The Star Guild presented the shows, which were held at the Bellevue Hilton on March 16 and 17. More than 1,800 attendees viewed the shows as 190 girls and their dolls modeled both contemporary and historic clothing. The event also included an American Girl Marketplace, a raffle and a silent auction. Parents Steven and Wyndi Russakoff talked about the care their daughter Izabell (their "fighter") receives at Children's for PHACE syndrome, a rare and complex disorder.

The Star Guild has both members and junior members who work throughout the year to plan the shows. This year, junior members, together with some of the young models, helped raise $29,000 of the guild's proceeds through their individual fundraising efforts.

Artistic Auction Supports Uncompensated Care

Preston Kuppe Guild 2013

Members of the Preston Kuppe Guild work year-round to present the Art à la Carte luncheon each May.

The Preston Kuppe Guild hosted its seventh annual Art à la Carte luncheon on May 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. John Curley served as auctioneer for the live auction, which featured items such as a tour of Woodinville wineries and a party at a glass-blowing studio. Silent auction items included many textiles and original art pieces, which were all donated by Northwest artists. Christin Roger spoke about her son Kyle's treatment for a rare brain tumor at Seattle Children's. Proceeds of $110,000 benefited uncompensated care.

Project Grace Guild Hosts "Sweet Hope"

Project Grace Guild 2013

(From left) Stephanie Britton, Andrea Stiles, Mollie Henretig and Mia Booth at the Project Grace Guild's dinner and auction in March.

About 200 guests joined the Project Grace Guild on March 8 for "Sweet Hope to Care and Cure." The event was held at Pickering Barn in Issaquah and included dinner and live and silent auctions. Andie Johnson spoke about uncompensated care and her family's experiences at Seattle Children's. After hearing from Johnson, guests were invited to "raise the paddle" and in that way contributed $25,000 of the evening's total: $94,500 to benefit uncompensated care.