Cure for Mito Celebrates 10th Year

Mitochondrial Research Guild celebrating 10th annual Cure for Mito auction and dinner

Members of the Mitochondrial Research Guild celebrate their 10th annual Cure for Mito auction and dinner in September.

On Sept. 8, the Mitochondrial Research Guild presented its 10th annual Cure for Mito auction and dinner at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. The event, during which 200-plus guests savored a multicourse dinner and bid in both silent and live auctions, raised more than $270,000 to support the Program for Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolism at Seattle Children's. Mitochondrial disease results from defects in mitochondria, specialized compartments within cells that produce the energy needed to support growth and sustain life. Jill Herczog founded the Mitochondrial Research Guild in 2003; since then, the guild has contributed more than $1.7 million to further mitochondrial disease research.

Run of Hope Reaches $1 Million Goal

Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild Spotlight Hub Winter 2013

These Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild members and volunteers helped September's Run of Hope raise more than $375,000.

More than 2,000 participants of all ages attended the fourth annual Run of Hope held at Seward Park in Seattle Sept. 30. Presented by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the 5K run and 3K walk raised more than $375,000, helping the event reach its $1 million fundraising goal in just four years. Drs. Rich Ellenbogen and Jim Olson talked about how research can improve cure rates and lessen the side effects of pediatric brain tumors and cancers. The top fundraiser won a grand prize of three nights at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. The first-place individual runner won a one-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and complimentary event registration for 2013. Many thanks to event sponsors Parker, Smith & Feek and Wizards of the Coast.

The Colors of Autism Gala Raises $300,000

Seattle Children's Autism Guild

Guild president Karen Kaizuka (left) and auction chair Andrea Duffield at The Colors of Autism Gala and Auction.

The Seattle Children's Autism Guild raised more than $300,000 for Seattle Children's Autism Center at the fourth annual The Colors of Autism Gala and Auction at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle Oct. 20. More than 350 guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner and participated in live and silent auctions. Auction highlights included a Bali vacation, a Kennedy Space Center astronaut training experience and a dinner with autism center doctors, hosted by donor Carl Bradley. Detlef and Mari Schrempf served as honorary auction chairs. David Eaton, a nurse practitioner at the center, discussed his work and how the center has grown in the past two years. Guild president Karen Kaizuka talked about the importance of the center and the autism community to families with autistic children.

We Believe Guild Contributes $200,000 to Uncompensated Care

We Believe Guild.

Congratulations to the We Believe Guild, which raised more than $200,000.

"We've Got a Crush on Seattle Children's Hospital" raised $202,550 for uncompensated care Nov. 30. The wine-themed evening was held at the Harbor Club in Bellevue and presented by the We Believe Guild. About 200 guests enjoyed tasting vintages from several Washington wineries. Cory Hoeppner, a nurse practitioner at Children's, spoke about cancer treatment at Seattle Children's. Meegan Foster shared the compelling story of her daughter Gillian's treatment for a tumor that caused pressure to her brain stem. A small live auction featured a flight over Puget Sound in a restored World War II U.S. Air Force bomber and a stay at California's Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa with private wine tastings. After the auction, guests enjoyed dancing.

Festival of Trees Kicks Off the Holidays

Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild

Festival of Trees event co-chairs Robbi DeVries (left) and Elna Duffield ring in the holidays.

The Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild hosted the 34th annual Festival of Trees in November at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Hundreds of community members attended the family-friendly celebration Nov. 18. Guests listened to the St. Jude Parish Sanctuary Choir, visited the Teddy Bear Suite and viewed 21 themed Christmas trees. Each of the elaborate trees was dedicated to a Seattle Children's patient and sponsored by a local business. Children's patient Alexis Douglas lit the Grand Tree in the hotel lobby.

New this year, the guild hosted a Festival of Trees Gala Nov. 17. Guests kicked off the holiday season with dinner, wine pairings and live and silent auctions. Jill Douglas spoke about her daughter Alexis's treatment for neuroblastoma. Proceeds of $222,000 benefited uncompensated care and pediatric cancer research.

Guilds Help Grow Children's Circle of Care

Children's Circle of Care

Guild members (from left) Kathy Kerzie, Jeanie Benaroya and Carol Fleck at a CCC celebration held at Teatro ZinZanni last fall.

Children's Circle of Care (CCC) was founded in 1995 to honor individuals who support children's hospitals. Seattle Children's is one of 25 pediatric hospitals participating in the CCC program, and in 2012, more than 300 individuals are expected to members, each via a cumulative annual donation of $10,000 or more to Children's. Guild members and their friends represent 27% of Children's 2012 CCC membership, a number that has held steady for the last few years.

"It's wonderful that so many guild members and guests at our guilds' events become members of Children's Circle of Care," says Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director. "It shows the depth and breadth of how our membership supports the hospital. Guild members are extraordinary volunteers, advocates and generous donors, and have been an incredible resource for Children's for more than 100 years."

Learn more about Children's Circle of Care.