Events described helped Seattle Children’s provide an estimated more than $100 million in uncompensated care in fiscal year 2010.
A Common Bond Guild
A Common Bond Guild raised more than $9,000 to purchase items for the comforting care bags the guild assembles and gives to parents of critically ill babies at Seattle Children’s. It was by far the most money ever raised by the guild. Members presented a three course dinner and silent auction to 50 guests at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Bellevue April 25. Aileen Kelly, executive director of the Guild Association, spoke about the care provided by Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (From left) Ruby Daly, Melissa Norris and Tracy Moran helped found the guild to provide comfort, support and hope to families with critically ill infants.
The Allen-Miller Guild annual spring tea and garden party was held May 12 at First Christian Church in Port Orchard. Proceeds of $3,000 benefited uncompensated care. Birdhouses donated by area craftspeople were sold through silent auction. Speakers included Jim Ulrich from Wild Birds Unlimited and Bethanie Willis, a contestant in the Washington’s Outstanding Teen pageant. Bethanie spoke about pediatric cancer awareness and then entertained guests with a song. Attendees included (from left) Ledine Wilson, Janie Hinds, Bethanie, Robin Kriedler and Elaine Gaudette.
Children Helping Children's Guild
The Children Helping Children's Guild raised $650 for uncompensated care at its fourth annual lemonade stand and bake sale, held in Seattle's Capitol Hill area July 7. Approximately 15 children participated in the event, which has become a summer tradition for neighborhood residents. Talk about youthful exuberance — all of the guild's members are younger than 12 and most have been involved since they were 8 years old. The guild includes (from left) Emma Wood, Sarah Wood, Spencer Grayson and Sydney Grayson.
Circle of Hope Guild
The Circle of Hope Guild raised nearly $20,500 for uncompensated care at its first major event, titled “Cheers for Children’s” and held at Aspira Seattle July 17. Guests enjoyed appetizers and desserts as well as wine tasting from Cuillin Hills and Barrage Cellars. A silent auction included a getaway at the Salish Lodge and seven nights in Cabo San Lucas. Patricia Lee and Eugene Royster provided live music. Kim Lawson (left) joined guild president Shari Sparling at the event, where Lawson spoke about her experience at Seattle Children’s when her son Milo was diagnosed with infantile spasms.
Circus of Dreams Guild
The Circus of Dreams Guild raised $20,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at its “High Flying Auction,” held at Emerald City Trapeze in Seattle May 1. The event drew 225 attendees, some of whom took advantage of an opportunity to try the flying trapeze. Guests watched aerial entertainment, enjoyed appetizers and refreshments and bid in live and silent auctions. Auction items included dinner with the Seattle Sounders, a private flight to the San Juan Islands, a rock-climbing party and a private wine tasting. Warren Etheredge was emcee. Left: performer Jenn Quattrocchi wowing the audience with her trapeze work.
Clare Beckett Guild
The Clare Beckett Guild raised more than $8,600 through two events. “Laugh for Life,” the guild’s first fundraiser, raised $7,000 for uncompensated care. Comedian Chris Alpine entertained a standing-room-only crowd of 125 at Vino Bella in Issaquah May 6. Guests enjoyed live music and food and drink while bidding in a silent auction and purchasing raffle tickets. Organizers included (from left) Kim Montgomery, Hillary Lambert, Michele Pruitt and Judy Gaffney. A June garage sale netted $1,655, and the guild donated goods valued at $1,200 to Seattle Children’s Redmond thrift store.
Dreams of Hope Guild
The Dreams of Hope Guild raised more than $3,700 at “Taste of Hope,” an event held April 30 in a guild member’s Sammamish home. Nearly 60 guests enjoyed wine, heavy appetizers and gourmet desserts. Guild member Diana Reul-Shapiro gave a talk about the importance of uncompensated care, after which guests gave to the hospital through “Raise the Glass” donations. Attendees also donated more than 100 books and DVDs for Seattle Children’s patients; the gifts were their “tickets” to the event. Other members in attendance included (from left) Jackie Brown and Pamela Shank-Kaufman.
Dr. Stanely Stamm Summer Camp Guild
The Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp Guild raised $1,671 through its second “Stammcake” breakfast, held at Seattle Children’s administrative offices May 8. Proceeds benefited the camp for children with special medical needs named in honor of Children’s cardiologist Dr. Stanley Stamm. About 150 guests enjoyed a hearty breakfast that included specialty pancakes. In the raffle, Gwen Boyer won a $500 gift certificate from Leahy Construction Co.
Eastside Friends of Children's Guild
The Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild raised nearly $51,500 for uncompensated care at the sixth annual Winemaker’s Dinner, held at Januik Winery in Woodinville May 23. Approximately 120 guests bid in a silent auction and enjoyed wine tasting andhors d’oeuvres before sitting down to a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Thelive auction included two VIP tickets for a Dave Matthews Band concert at The Gorge, private Zumba lessons and tapas and wine tasting for eight. The silent auction included spa packages, tickets to the 5th Avenue Theater and auto detailing. The Golden Raffle winner picked an afternoon at Neiman Marcus including facial, dining and shopping.
Eternally Joyful Guild
The Eternally Joyful Guild raised more than $6,000 for uncompensated care through two events. Members raised $5,000 at a showing of Sex and the City 2, presented at Big Picture in downtown Seattle June 5. About 100 guests enjoyed a champagne brunch prior to the movie. The guild also raised more than $1,000 at the sixth annual Cones for Kids, held at the Alki Beach Bath House in Seattle July 31. Attendees purchased ice cream cones and sundaes to benefit uncompensated care. Kids enjoyed face painting and games on the beach. Many thanks to Husky Deli for donating the ice cream.
Haircuts 4 Kids
The 16th annual Haircuts 4 Kids Guild golf tournament raised $5,600 for uncompensated care at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard May 15. Around 100 participants golfed and competed for prizes in putting and chipping contests. Afterward, golfers enjoyed dinner and an auction in the clubhouse restaurant. (From left) Jim Jennings, event co-chair, joins Mike Tennyson, longtime supporter and tournament winner of five nights in Maui; Graeme Welsh; and Eve Kopp, a staff member with Seattle Children’s Foundation. Welsh, the guild’s founder, has given free haircuts to hospital inpatients and family members for years.
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild netted $5,700 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department at the Queen’s Day Celebration held May 1 at West Mercer Island Elementary School. The traditional family celebration marking the birthday of Dutch Queen Beatrix of Orange drew 150 children and 100 adults. The event featured food, games, a silent auction and a raffle. Because many guild members have Dutch ancestry, they named their guild after Hansje Brinker, known as a little Dutch boy who made a big difference.
Heart of Cooper Joe Guild
The Heart of Cooper Joe Guild raised $4,200 through two events. The guild’s third annual backyard barbecue raised $2,705 at the home of Scott and Kelly Kim in Issaquah Aug. 21. The Kims, Cooper Joe’s parents, talked about the family’s experiences during the time their infant son was being cared for at Seattle Children’s. The couple thanked the approximately 45 attendees for supporting their family and for giving to uncompensated care. Earlier in the day, Team Cooper Joe participated in the Covey Run in Woodinville, raising an additional $1,495.
Helen Morrison Guild
Twenty members of the Helen Morrison Guild met May 14 for a luncheon graciously hosted by member Gaye Pigott, where guests donated approximately $5,000 to benefit uncompensated care. Founded in 1959, the guild held fundraisers such as golf tournaments, vintage car events and parties in members’ homes for many years before achieving emeritus status in 2007. Luncheon attendees included (from left) Sharon Dillon, B.J. Anderson, Gaye Pigott, Jill Hally, Sue Thurston and Betsy Judson.
The Issaquah Guild held its annual salad luncheon at Elks Lodge 2546 in Issaquah May 22. Approximately 90 attendees helped the guild raise $1,800 for uncompensated care. Guests purchased raffle tickets for 22 gift baskets and enjoyed salads and desserts, all created by members such as (from left) Faye Oelrich, Barb Seiter and Wanda Dickson. Claire Giordano, president of the Eastside Teens for Children’s Junior Guild, spoke about the ways in which young people support Eastside guilds. Claire was joined by other members of her guild, including Grace Giordano, Deyen Butenko and Amy Berman.
Jeannine Hedwall Guild
The Jeannine Hedwall Guild raised more than $10,300 at the Harman Center in Yakima May 4 to benefit uncompensated care. The 30th annual An Affair of the Heart spring auction drew 150 supporters for an evening that included wine, homemade hors d’oeuvres, desserts and silent and live auctions. RL Heaverlo conducted the live auction, which included a poolside wine-tasting party for eight, a dessert a month and gorgeous crocheted afghan blankets. (From left) Maryanne Kayla, Trudy Riffe, Helen Tweedy, Julie Lande and Kay Hartshorn display muslin “surgery dolls” that were made by guild members and are used by caregivers to help young hospital patients better understand medical procedures.
Jean Stewart Guild
The Jean Stewart Jordan Guild raised nearly $4,100 between April June through its first “non-event,” titled “Phantom Garden Party.” The event had a theme of Hope-Care-Cure. The 500 invitations sent by the guild included marigold seeds and a poem called “Seeds of Hope,” written by member Rosalie Fincher. The guild also raised more than $900 in a raffle held at the Quick Medical Open House June 16 and 17 in Issaquah. Quick Medical donated an additional $500 to the guild.
Jean Thompson Guild
The Jean Thompson Guild raised $18,000 for uncompensated care at The Big Red Splash, held at Skagit Valley Vineyard and Orchard in Mount Vernon May 15. Attendees enjoyed dinner, live and silent auctions and wine tasting hosted by Challenger Ridge, Eagle Haven and Tulip Valley Vineyards. After dinner, deejay Mike Yeoman played music and guests hit the dance floor.
Kitsap Friends of Children's Guild
The Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild “Crash for the Cure” raised $9,750 before approximately 3,500 fans at Thunderbird Stadium on the Bremerton Fairgrounds July 10. Proceeds benefited Seattle Children’s pediatric brain tumor research and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The day included the Thresh demolition derby, a display of custom cars and motorcycles, and a concert with the Skinny Charles Band. Many thanks to the Kitsap Demolition Derby Association for building more than 20 cars for the event.
Mercer Island Guild
The Mercer Island Guild believes in tradition. Winners of the Chairman’s Award for Guild Excellence earlier this year, the group has produced and sold the Mercer Island Phone Directory since 1943. This year the project netted $150,000 for uncompensated care. The directory, which has been described as “an indispensable tool” for life on Mercer Island, has grown from a list with 200 names to 190 pages with more than 6,000 names. Members raise funds by selling advertising to area businesses and by requesting donations when they distribute the finished book. The endeavor is the second-longest-running project in Guild Association history, after the hospital’s Garden Sale. At left, members proudly hold copies of the 2010 directory.
Mitochondrial Research Guild
The Mitochondrial Research Guild raised $25,000 by teaming up with the Woodinville wine community for the second year to hold a Woodinville Winemaker’s (and Brew Master) Triathlon. Staged at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville July 21, the event increased awareness of mitochondrial disease and raised money for mitochondrial research. Woodinville wineries formed the triathlon teams, who competed in running, bicycling and a non-motorized water craft race on the Sammamish River. Guests watched as they enjoyed more than 40 wines from competing wineries, beer from Redhook Ale Brewery and snacks from Willows Lodge. Afterward, guests joined the triathlon teams for food, wine, games and live music in Redhook’s outdoor amphitheater.
The Motocross Guild raised approximately $7,800 for hydrocephalus research in “MX for Children,” a series of events built around the exciting sport of supercross. Autographed supercross gear was available through silent auction at Renton Motorcycles April 23. The next day, Justin Brayton (left, seated) and Jeremy Albrecht of Joe Gibbs Racing visited patients and signed autographs in Seattle Children’s Child Life Playroom. Leading fundraisers for Children’s were treated to the Inside Line experience, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the supercross races held at Qwest Field in Seattle April 24.
Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild
The Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild raised $8,000 for uncompensated care at "Murder in the Wine Cellar," an event held July 24 at the Bellevue home of two guild members. The murder mystery–themed party attracted 60 guests and featured local wines and Russell Lowell catering. Guild member Rick Holley played the role of the murder victim who was discovered in the wine cellar (Holley later reappeared as the man's twin). Guests mingled with a group of actors playing suspects who provided clues to solve the case. The villain turned out to be a disgruntled investor who used a poisoned cork as the weapon.
The Nightingale Guild raised $1,800 at “Dreams on Draft,” a beer tasting held at Big Al Brewing in Seattle May 16. Each guest received four 4-ounce tastings and a complimentary pint glass. Additional pints purchased generated more funds for the hospital. Seattle Children’s patient Rishi Nair (left) performed with the band Afraid of Figs at the event.
Park to Park Guild
The sixth annual Park to Park Cross Lake Washington Swim raised $11,000 for uncompensated care Aug. 29. Presented by the Park to Park Guild and supported by more than 125 volunteers, the event attracted 200 strong, experienced swimmers who covered the 1.4-mile distance between Matthews Beach in Seattle and O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland. Afterward, participants celebrated the achievement with a hearty breakfast at the park. The event originated a few years ago at a summer barbecue when friends challenged each other to swim across the lake. Later, the guild formed and established the annual fundraiser.
Pearly Whites Junior Guild
The Pearly Whites Junior Guild raised a projected $5,700 through two projects to benefit Seattle Children’s Dental Medicine. Six seniors from Quincy High School joined guild members and raised an estimated $2,400 by cleaning area campsites designated by the Washington State Fish and Game Department. The Gorge Amphitheatre/LiveNation sponsored the efforts by donating money for each cleanup. The project, titled “Summer Eco-Clean,” began June 1 and will continue through Oct. 10. In June, the guild received $3,300 from Yahoo! As part of the “Mustache for Cash” promotion. Yahoo! gave the guild a donation for every mustache grown (and head shaved) during the month of May.
Phil Smart Sr. Guild
The Phil Smart Sr. Guild raised more than $14,000 through two events. Members raised $1,000 in a shopping fundraiser held April 22 at the Tory Burch store in Bellevue. Approximately 50 shoppers attended the event, where 10% of sales were donated to the hospital. The guild raised $13,000 at its Spring Fling, a wine- and cheese-tasting party at Mt. Baker Clubhouse in Seattle May 21. Phil Smart Sr. spoke about his “teachers,” the children he got to know during more than 40 years of volunteering in the hospital’s rehabilitation unit. Around 100 guests attended the affair, which celebrated the guild’s 15th anniversary. Proceeds benefited Rehabilitation Medicine.
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild raised nearly $1,600 through three events. Membersraised $420 at a class held at the USA Karate Dojo in Shoreline May 22. Nationally recognized karate instructor Shihan Joni Sharrah (left) led a program on personal safety, awareness and self-defense for 20 girls ages 13 to 19. Two weeks later, theguild raised $860 at a themed Mardi Gras party at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club, where approximately 40 teens danced to music by five bands. The guild also raised $318 in June at a Lake Forest Park farmer’s market, where members collected donations and sold handmade cards. The guild’s efforts benefit the pediatric brain tumor research being led by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson.
Port Ludlow Auxiliary
“Walking for Seattle Children’s” was the theme of an event held by the Port Ludlow Auxiliary July 24. Approximately 55 health-minded supporters joined the walkathon and helped raise nearly $3,500 for uncompensated care. Hikers enjoyed beautiful views as they walked the trails surrounding Ludlow Bay. Guild members in attendance included (from left) Kathy Tompkins, Claudia Avicola, Luanna Cooke, Susie Baldwin and Dion Watson. The group’s mission is to help meet the cost of uncompensated care provided to children who live in Jefferson County, where the auxiliary is located.
Port Townsend Auxiliary
The Port Townsend Auxiliary held its annual spring luncheon for more than 50 attendees at Nemo’s in Port Hadlock May 7. Elaine Grimm, auxiliary member, and Sue Garinghouse, manager of Seattle Children’s Port Townsend Thrift Store, produced a spring fashion show. Fashions were modeled by members, thrift store volunteers and staff. Special guest models included (from left) Katie Ballard, Melaine Balkin and BayLee Smith from Elaine’s Dance Studio. A traveling boutique spring accessories box and a handmade crystal gazing ball were raffled to benefit uncompensated care. The George Welch Auxiliary contributed a spring basket for a raffle.
Preston Kuppe Guild
The Preston Kuppe Guild raised $77,000 at the fourth annual Art à la Carte luncheon and auction, held at The Golf Club at Newcastle May 7. Beautiful weather greeted more than 220 guests who bid in silent and live auctions for works donated by artists of the Northwest Art Alliance. John Curley emceed and conducted the live auction, which included themed dinner parties and a trip to see the popular Ellen television show. Penny and Dan Hedman gave a talk about their son Josiah’s brain tumor treatment at Seattle Children’s. The guild happily reports it exceeded last year’s fundraising total.
Project Grace Guild
The Project Grace Guild’s third annual Summer Soirée raised $65,000 for uncompensated care at Pickering Barn in Issaquah Aug. 20. About 300 guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while bidding in a silent auction. Emcee Stephen Kilbreath conducted a live auction. Guild Association trustee Jennifer Goldberg spoke about Seattle Children’s promise to care for children regardless of a family’s ability to pay. A Raise the Paddle benefited uncompensated care.
Purchase a Miracle
The 2010 Purchase a Miracle campaign raised $540,000 to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Members of 79 Children’s guilds placed 200,000 bright-green shelf tags in 430 grocery stores around the state to identify Purchase a Miracle items. Between May 1 and June 15, shoppers selected products from popular companies such as Newman’s Own, Coca-Cola and Kraft. Several years ago, Sierra Fuller (at left) was the featured patient on Purchase a Miracle shelf tags. This year, Sierra helped her mom’s guild, the Dr. Carl S. Leede Guild, tag stores such as the Richmond Beach QFC.
Sam and Althea Stroum Guild
The Sam and Althea Stroum Guild raised $12,860 at its May soiree titled “Thai One On for Children’s.” Held at guild member Cora Villanueva’s home May 22, the event featured delicious food and drink catered by Phuket Thai Cuisine, as well as 15 raffle baskets and a small silent auction. Area businessman Greg Berglund was recognized for his longtime support of the guild. At left, Ellen Bengsten on bass and Dr. Lanny Snodgrass (dubbed “Dr. Keys”) on piano provided live music. Snodgrass was also one of the event’s major financial supporters.
Sammi's Circle Guild
The Sammi’s Circle Guild showed the film American Graffiti as part of an outdoor movie night and raised $2,400 for uncompensated care at Kokopelli Gardens in Duvall July 31. Many of the nostalgic moviegoers dressed in 1960s attire. Before the movie, attendees enjoyed refreshments, listened to music, bid in a silent auction and played games. Auction items included Mariners tickets, dinner at the Mediterranean Grill and a Leavenworth cabin rental. Guild members (from left) Kim Haskell and Lisa Sibert were among those who helped organize the event.
The Sea-Tac Guild celebrated its 25th anniversary and raised funds for uncompensated care at St. Bernadette School in Burien May 15. The guild’s family-friendly annual spring event featured dinner and silent and live auctions. Guests played games and competed for prizes while the kids enjoyed carnival attractions.
Seattle Children's Autism and Eat Well, Be Active Guilds
The Seattle Children’s Autism and Eat Well, Be Active Guilds teamed up to raise $40,000 by organizing a team of 53 riders for the July 17 and 18 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Participants in the 200-mile ride who joined Team Seattle Children’s received a bike jersey and gourmet catered lunches and snacks along the way. Children’s staff members who rode included (from left) Dr. Karen Murray, Polly Lenssen and Brianne Vanderlinden. Riders who raised more than $350 were eligible for a prize drawing.
Shoreline Thrift Shop Guild
The Shoreline Thrift Shop Guild raised more than $1,000 for uncompensated care April 17 at the guild’s first “Roll the Dice” event. Attended by 36 supporters, the evening featured delicious food, a Bunco party and a silent auction of fine art, specialty jewelry, theater tickets, floral arrangements and wine and tea baskets. Attendees included (from left) Kathryn Weinstein, Jean Triolo, Kaestle Carlson and Renee Green. Kathryn and Joe Weinstein graciously hosted the event in their home. In July, guild member David Baker rode in his sixth Seattle to Portland Bike Classic to support uncompensated care. The guild collected pledges for Baker, one of 10,000 cyclists from around the world who participated in the classic.
Susan Campbell Woodin Guild
The Susan Campbell Woodin Guild raised approximately $8,000 for uncompensated care through its annnual participation in the C-Fair Charity Horse Show, beld between Aug. 4 and 8 at Evergreen Equestrian Park on the Monroe Fairgrounds. The show featued Morgan, American Saddlebred, Friesian and Hackney breeds. Show organizers seek to highlight horses in a competitive environment that is fun for exhibitors and exciting for spectators. The guild has volunteered at the show for nearly 25 years, assisting with hospitality and award presentations. Event organizers donate a percentage of their profits to the hospital.
Susannah White's Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
The Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild held its second Bunco Night July 29 at Merrill Gardens at the University. Approximately 60 guests played the popular dice game while sipping wine, enjoying snacks and participating in a dessert auction. Sunshine prize baskets were awarded to top players. Seattle Children’s Dr. Ross Hays spoke about the guild’s support for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which works to enhance the quality of life for critically ill patients and their families. In its first year, the guild has raised more than $10,000 for PACT. At left, the guild presents PACT with a check from some of its recent fundraising activities.
Team Seattle Guild
The Team Seattle Guild joined forces with actor and racecar driver Patrick Dempsey to raise more than $60,000 at Pacific Raceways in Kent May 10. Seattle Children’s Heart Center and The Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing were co-beneficiaries. Participants at “Drive & Dine with Dempsey” donated $1,000 each to race around the track in a Ferrari driven by Dempsey or professional drivers Joe Foster, James Gue or guild founder Don Kitch Jr. Afterward, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner trackside and heard comments by Kitch, Dempsey and Dr. Gordon Cohen, co-director of Children’s Heart Center. At left, Dempsey (left) and Cohen chat during a break in the action.
Trey Green Guild
The Trey Green Guild’s fifth annual Wine Gala and Auction raised $65,000 for uncompensated care under sunny skies at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim June 5. It was the highest total raised in the guild’s five years. Four local wineries and vendors provided wine for nearly 230 guests, who enjoyed complimentary tastings and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Before the program, attendees bid in a silent auction, entered a drawing for a Tiffany & Co. bracelet and played ring-toss and golf-putting games. Kevin Benedict conducted a live auction that included vacation stays in Cape Cod and Sun Valley. Britney Balch (at left) spoke about her toddler son Ashgen’s treatment at Seattle Children’s for Down syndrome.
Vala Youngquist Guild
The Vala Youngquist Guild held Soak Up the Sun at the home of Kiefer and Shelly Whan Aug. 7. The guild's first themed auction, a Hollywood-style affair, attracted 123 guests who donned their glamorous best and helped raise $31,000 for uncompensated care. Shelly Whan emceed the event, which featured wine, dinner and live and silent auctions. The live auction included two trips to Mexico, a salon package and a year's worth of dance lessons. To appeal to everyone, the silent auction offered packages for both Huskies and Cougars fans. Not allowing the rainy weather to put a damper on the evening, many guests danced well into the night.