Seattle Hosts Children's Circle of Care

Seattle, WA – On May 3, 2001 some 1,000 generous supporters of pediatric hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada are gathering in Seattle for the annual Children’s Circle of Care 2001 North American Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner.


Seattle, WA – On May 3, 2001 some 1,000 generous supporters of pediatric hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada are gathering in Seattle for the annual Children’s Circle of Care 2001 North American Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner.

From its inception in 1995, the Children’s Circle of Care, a North American donor society of individuals who give $10,000 or more annually to one of the 21 participating pediatric hospitals, represents more than $575 million in private gifts towards advancing the work of pediatric patient care, research, teaching and advocacy.

“These are premier hospitals who rely on the generosity of their supporters and this generosity sustains us - it is that simple,” says Douglas Picha, vice president and executive director of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center Foundation and Guild Association.

The Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner provide members with an opportunity to learn about advances in pediatrics as well as celebrate the successes of their collective philanthropy. Among the many highlights of the three-day event include a Leadership Conference and Luncheon at which Melinda Gates, honorary co-chair of the North American gathering and a founding member of the Children’s Circle of Care in Seattle, will deliver the keynote address on philanthropy.

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s in Seattle and nationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon will present Reflection from Seattle on a Neurosurgical Inventor. Dr. Brett Giroir, chief medical officer at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas will discuss The Search for New Therapies for Life-Threatening Infectious Diseases. Dr. Peter Havens, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee will discuss A System of Care for the Prevention and Treatment of Perinatally Acquired HIV Infection in Rural Areas.

The conference will take place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Following the conference, Children’s Circle of Care members will meet at the Westin Hotel for the luncheon where they will hear the story of how Charity and Kathleen Lincoln, twins conjoined at birth, were successfully separated at Children’s Hospital in Seattle last fall.

The Gala Dinner is being held on the lushly landscaped grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. Ten of the region’s top chefs are volunteering their time and talents to prepare the four-course dinner. Honorable Governor Gary Locke, Governor of Washington will welcome Children’s Circle of Care members and Bill Gates, honorary co-chair of the North American gathering and founding member of the Children’s Circle of Care in Seattle will speak at the Gala dinner. Tony award winning entertainer Patti LuPone will entertain guests.

Philanthropic support is essential to children’s hospitals ability to provide excellent clinical care, advance ground breaking research, and improve education and advocacy. “In this era of declining government support and reduction in medical insurance reimbursements, Children’s Circle of Care members are philanthropic leaders who play a vital role in our ability to care for children,” says Doug Picha. Previous Children’s Circle of Care Leadership Conferences have been held in Washington D.C., Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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