Rocking, Running and Raising Money!

Symphony Guild Winter 2014 Spotlight

Symphony Guild members and guild founder, Mateo Messina (center), at their annual benefit concert in November.

Thousands Rock with the Symphony Guild

The Symphony Guild was busy this fall, hosting three music-themed events to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. On Sept. 20, supporters gathered at DeLille Cellars Chateau in Redmond to sing karaoke in Cheers for Children's. On Oct. 5, guild members and friends listened to rock polka in Rocktoberfest at Georgetown Brewery in Seattle. The guild's 16th annual benefit concert, held Nov. 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, drew thousands of attendees. Guild founder Mateo Messina composed the concert, which he themed LENS to explore the beauty in our busy, everyday lives. Messina wrote a special song played on the piano by Children's patient Max Wu. Other featured performers included Imogen Heap, Pomplamoose, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Boychoir. Combined, the three events raised $252,000 for uncompensated care.

Run of Hope Supports Research

Run of Hope Spotlight Winter 2014

Approximately 2,000 people came together to help raise $330,000 for pediatric brain tumor research in September's Run of Hope.

Run of Hope Seattle raised $330,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's this September. Nearly 2,000 runners filled Seattle's Seward Park Sept. 29 for the 5K run and 3K walk, co-presented by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Eighty-five teams, many formed in honor or memory of a Children's brain tumor patient, participated in the run. Drs. Rich Ellenbogen and Jim Olson spoke about advances in current research and the need for increased funding. The guild presented the Sarah M. Hughes Award to the top fundraising team in memory of Sarah Mary Hughes, who inspired all participants in the first Run of Hope and who died of a brain tumor in 2010. Many thanks to platinum sponsors Parker, Smith & Feek and Wizards of the Coast.

Guilds Collaborate to Ring In the Holidays

Flashman Festival of Trees Spotlight Winter 2014

Hundreds of community members attended the Festival of Trees Celebration and viewed the lighting of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel's grand tree.

Colors of Autism Spotlight Winter 2014

Event co-chairs Elna Duffield and Andrea Duffield at the Festival of Trees featuring the Colors of Autism Gala.

The Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild partnered with the Seattle Children's Autism Guild in presenting two events to kick off the holiday season. The guilds hosted the Festival of Trees featuring the Colors of Autism Gala Dinner and Auction Nov. 23; approximately 350 guests gathered at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle for an elegant three-course dinner with wine pairings. A silent auction featured many holiday items and the live auction included a trip to Bali. Attendees also viewed the 21 unique Christmas trees designed by members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild, each accompanied by an inspiring patient story. The next day, hundreds of community members attended the Festival of Trees Celebration. In addition to viewing the trees, families enjoyed pictures with Santa, holiday cookies and the lighting of the grand tree in the hotel lobby. Proceeds of more than $450,000 benefited the Seattle Children's Autism Center and uncompensated care.

We Believe Guild Raises $207,500

We Believe Guild Spotlight Winter 2014

Members of the We Believe Guild at their festive event, Olé! Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser.

Members of the We Believe Guild spiced things up this year with Olé! Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser Nov. 2 at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Bellevue. The fiesta-themed party included dinner, dancing and margaritas. Travis Anderson and his parents talked about his experience as a Seattle Children's patient. Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of Children's Emergency Services, also spoke. The festive night raised $207,500 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Olé!

Cancer Guilds Attend Gold Ribbon Night

Gold Ribbon Night

(From left) Larry Duffield, Bill Kerzie, Eric Greenwood and Steve Samuelson were among the 150 Seattle Children's supporters who attended a Gold Ribbon Night for Pediatric Cancer Awareness in November.

Seattle Children's hosted a Gold Ribbon Night for Pediatric Cancer Awareness at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Nov. 21. The evening gave guild members, representatives of organizations who fundraise for cancer and other supporters an update on Children's clinical cancer care and cancer research programs. Dr. Bruder Stapleton, Children's chief academic officer, talked about recent accomplishments in these critical areas and thanked attendees for their advocacy and fundraising support. Representatives from 16 guilds attended and enjoyed "mingling with a purpose" with about a dozen of Children's top cancer physicians and researchers, including Dr. Rebecca Gardner from the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and Dr. Doug Hawkins, associate division chief of Hematology/Oncology. In fiscal year 2013, guilds raised $2.1 million for cancer care and research at Children's. Thank you for your support!