Rallying Around Research

Guilds have been incredible advocates for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's for more than 100 years. Over the last decade, guild advocacy and fundraising initiatives have grown to include research. Below, we acknowledge and celebrate the different ways guilds support Seattle Children's researchers in their search for improved treatments and cures.

Uncompensated Care Guild Pledges Support for Cancer Research

Skinner Guild Winemakers Spotlight

Members of the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild toast another successful fundraiser at their Evening with the Winemakers event in April.

Last year, members of the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild made a three-year commitment to support the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Even as the guild, which has been fundraising for uncompensated care since 1989, remains committed to its founding mission, members are also passionate about supporting the cellular immunotherapy clinical trial underway at the center. Thus, they made the decision to temporarily support development of the promising new treatment that "reprograms" a child's own immune system to fight cancer.

More than 90 supporters joined guild members for their most recent event, a wine tasting and silent auction April 27. Guests gathered at Willows Lodge in Woodinville to sip fine wines from five wineries and bid on wine-themed silent auction items. Kat Tiscornia talked about her treatment for Ewing sarcoma at Children's during the event, which raised $56,000 for cancer research.

Team Seattle's "Heart of Racing" Fundraises for Heart Center and Research

Team Seattle Spotlight Spring 2014

The Team Seattle Guild raised $500,000 by competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

More than 80 people traveled to Florida with the Team Seattle Guild for the 52nd Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 25 and 26. The team's Heart of Racing effort supports the development of a cardiac hybrid surgical suite at Seattle Children's. Team drivers sped around the track in a Porsche 911 GT America and finished the race in 15th place. Guild members and supporters who collected pledge-per-lap commitments raised $500,000. The Team Seattle Guild has raised nearly $5 million for Seattle Children's Heart Center since it began racing for Seattle Children's in 1997 and, in 2013, also joined Research Champions for the first time, for its support of cardiac research.

Largest Gift in Seattle Children's History Honors Guild Member

Jack MacDonald Spotlight Spring 2014

Seattle Children's received $75.04 million in trust from the late Jack R. MacDonald - the largest donation to Seattle Children's and the largest known gift to a U.S. children's hospital for pediatric research.

This year, Seattle Children's received the largest gift in its history: $75.04 million to Seattle Children's Research Institute in a trust from the late Jack Rupert MacDonald. The gift is part of a $187.6 million trust that also benefits the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army. Seattle Children's will receive 40% of the yearly income, which in the first year will be about $3.75 million.

MacDonald, a quirky and frugal man who kept his fortune a secret, honored his mother, Katherine Sarah MacDonald, a longtime member of the Connie Beal Howe Guild, with this transformative gift. Seattle Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is also named in her honor.

A portion of the yearly income that Seattle Children's receives from the trust will be used to provide matching dollars for new donations to research, further expanding the good MacDonald's gift will do. With your continued investment in research and MacDonald's amazing legacy, we will accelerate research breakthroughs and improve the lives of children in our region and throughout the world.

Fashion Shows Raise $85,000 for Uncompensated Care and Research

Star Guild Spotlight Spring 2014

The Star Guild's annual American Girl Doll Fashion Shows included a doll hair salon hosted by the guild's junior members.

The Star Guild hosted five American Girl Fashion Shows this spring. The shows were held at The Golf Club at Newcastle March 22 and 23. Guests viewed girls and dolls model both modern and historic fashions. The Moran family talked about their daughter's experience as a cardiac patient at Seattle Children's. Meghan Moran, now 11, has been treated at Seattle Children's Heart Center since she was an infant and underwent heart surgery at age 5.

The guild also presented its first Star Guild Gala March 21, also at The Golf Club at Newcastle. About 80 guests listened to music by the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band, savored dinner by executive chef Elijah Coe and bid for items in live and silent auctions. The events raised a combined $85,000 for uncompensated care. The Star Guild has also joinedResearch Champions for the last four years, by designating $2,500 of its proceeds to cardiac research, brain tumor research, autoimmune research and brain disorders research.

2013 Research Champions Guilds

Many thanks to the 49 guilds that joined Research Champions, a donor membership program at Seattle Children's, with a gift to research of $2,500 or more in calendar year 2013:

"Guild fundraising is vital to our search for new treatments and cures. Thank you for working alongside our investigators as we take strides toward eliminating pediatric disease."

James Hendricks, PhD, president, Seattle Children's Research Institute