And the Nominees Are...

Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild receiving award

Members of the Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild receive the Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence at the 2012 Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration.

...You tell us! Each year at the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration, our board of trustees recognizes superior guild support with the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement and the Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence. Who would you like to nominate?

Winners of the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement have demonstrated excellence by:

  • Assuming guild leadership roles
  • Volunteering at the hospital, clinics or Seattle Children's Bargain Boutiques
  • Supporting the hospital financially through individual gifts, bequests, donations to fundraising events, etc.

Among other accomplishments, guilds that win the Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence have demonstrated:

  • Consistent fundraising success
  • Growth or maintenance of membership by recruiting new members
  • Strong participation in Guild Association-wide projects and support for other guilds' events

Complete nomination criteria are available on the nomination forms. You may also email Melissa Cardenas or call her at 206-987-6806.

Please submit nominations by March 15. Thank you!

Top 25 Guilds

Congratulations to the top 25 fundraising guilds, named in order below. These 25 guilds contributed 85% of the $10.45 million raised by guild events and projects in fiscal 2012. Special thanks go to the Friends of Costco Guild, which raised 54% of that final tally.

Meet the Vascular Anomalies Research Guild

Johnson family

Guild founder Andrea Johnson with her husband Kyle and children, Noah and Ella, at the Vascular Anomalies Research Guild's golf tournament in July.

Andrea Johnson's son, Noah, was diagnosed with lymphatic malformations (in his case, large cysts on his cheek and neck) before he was born. Johnson and her family then began traveling regularly from Wenatchee to Seattle Children's to meet with Dr. Jonathan Perkins, clinic chief of Vascular Anomalies, to plan for his care. Noah, now 4, still sees Perkins - an expert in vascular anomalies and a researcher at Seattle Children's Research Institute - for treatment.

Guild location map

The guild is one of four Seattle Children's guilds in Wenatchee (dots on map indicate guild locations throughout the state) and the only Wenatchee guild that supports research.

After she learned about the funding gap surrounding the institute's research into vascular anomalies, Johnson founded the Vascular Anomalies Research Guild in 2011 with three other mothers of children with vascular anomalies and a Children's employee who works with Perkins. The guild's first event was a golf tournament held in July 2012 at Highlander Golf Club in East Wenatchee. The tournament raised $5,700 for vascular anomalies research.

"Noah received the best care in the country," says Johnson. "Now it's our turn to give back."

Send Us Your Auction Tips!

Does your guild host a silent or live auction? The Guild Association would love to hear about your experience. Tell us about your most popular auction items - especially those that were easiest to procure and that raised the most money at the lowest cost.

Email a description of your auction items to Emily Santos and tell us why the items were easy to procure. We'll compile suggestions and share everyone's good ideas in an upcoming issue of Guild News.