Summer Events a Huge Boost to Uncompensated Care

Children's Golf Classic Raises $6.6 Million

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The Friends of Costco Guild is the most successful fundraising group in Seattle Children's history.

The Friends of Costco Guild raised $6.6 million at the 11th annual Children's Golf Classic to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Held in August, the three-day Golf Classic is consistently Children's top fundraiser. In fiscal year 2009, the event generated 57% of all revenue raised by the hospital's Guild Association.

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Friends of Costco Guild founder Jan Sinegal (left) and guild president Lynn Winters were joined by Seattle Children's patient Keilana Hamper during the Children's Golf Classic celebration at Safeco Field.

A reception was held at Chateau Ste. Michelle Aug. 14 to recognize major sponsors. The next day, more than 1,000 guests attended a dinner and party at Safeco Field, where Children's neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Ellenbogen spoke about Children's innovative cancer research. Afterward, guests enjoyed a concert by the rock band Chicago. The following morning, more than 1,000 golfers played at seven area courses. After golfing, supporters attended an awards party at The Golf Club at Newcastle to celebrate the event's success.

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Leading activities at area golf courses were (from left) Barbara Knapp, Nancy Piantanida, Sue Minahan, Milanda Dwyer, JoAnne McKay and (not pictured) Jane Humprhies.

Sincere appreciation to Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco Wholesale, agron/adidas, American Express, Cargill, Inc., General Mills, JBS Swift, Nice-Pak, Pilgrim's Pride, Sun Products Corporation, and the Sinegal Family Foundation.

Many thanks to title sponsors Allied Marketing, Comprehensive Payment Recovery Service, ConAgra Foods, Diageo, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Earth Friendly Products, LNK International, Mars, Inc., Mazzetta Company, LLC, Niagara Bottling, PepsiCo, Pharmavite, LLC, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Trident Seafoods, Tyson Foods, Unilever, and Vizio.

"The enthusiastic support of our sponsors for the Golf Classic is an amazing gift to the children and families of our community."

Jan Sinegal, founder, Friends of Costco Guild

Races Benefit Uncompensated Care

Races Benefit Uncompensated Care

Children of members of the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) and the SOVREN Guild attended the 22nd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races.

The SOVREN Guild raised more than $675,000 at the 22nd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races, held July Fourth weekend at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Proceeds benefited uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Guest celebrity Augie Pabst and approximately 10,000 fans watched contests involving more than 250 restored cars racing at speeds up to 150 mph.

A collection of vintage cars celebrated the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo. New this year, the Pacific Northwest Kart Race Challenge gave fans the chance to race electric karts on a special track. Teams pledged at least $500 to Children's to participate. Many thanks to title sponsor Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz, presenting sponsor Edelbrock Corporation, premiere sponsor Jackson Dean Construction, associate sponsors MulvannyG2 Architecture and Pacific Raceways, and to supporting sponsors JFC Racing and Lake Union Sea Ray.

Children's Ride Turns 15

Children's Ride Turns 15

Children's Ride Weekend has made the Imagine Guild one of Seattle Children's top five fundraising guilds.

Children's Ride Weekend raised more than $200,000 in June for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Presented by the Imagine Guild, the weekend included the sixth annual Children's Ride Gala and Auction, which was held June 25 at Fremont Studios in Seattle. The live auction featured three custom motorcycles, which together raised nearly $72,000. The day after the gala, nearly 500 motorcycles took part in Children's Ride 15, a Washington State Patrol-escorted ride that began and ended at BMC SELECT in Issaquah. Afterward, participants celebrated at "Biker's Carnival," which featured food, games and live music.

Many thanks to title sponsors Buyken Metal Products, Dacels Jewelers & Gallery, Destination Harley-Davidson, Downtown Harley-Davidson, Dragonfly Cycle Concepts, John L. Scott Foundation, KZOK, Mayfair Games, United Parcel Service, V-Twinmagazine, Wizards of the Coast and Zackys Custom Rods.

Covey Run Raises $120,000

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The Covey Run attracted hundreds of participants.

The Run for Children's Guild raised $120,000 for uncompensated care through the Covey Run 10K and 5K Walk/Run and Kids Dash. Held Aug. 21 as part of the annual Auction of Washington Wines, the event involved 1,400 participants, from experienced marathoners to babies in strollers. The run, walk and dash began and ended at Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville. Attendees helped raise the funds by collecting pledges and donations. The Heart Research Guild organized a team for the run, and contributed $ $6,000 to event proceeds. At the awards ceremony, prizes went to top male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K and to the top three individual and team fundraisers. All participants were entered in a bib drawing for gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers. A postevent festival featured food, music and games. Many thanks to title sponsor Covey Run.

Funding Focus Update

Funding Focus Update

Internationally renowned immunologist Dr. David Rawlings, who leads a research team working to unlock the mysteries of the immune system, holds one of the chairs endowed by the Guild Association.

Guilds raised $1.5 million per year to endow chairs in pediatric infectious disease research (2004), pediatric urology research (2005), health outcomes research (2006) and pediatric immunology research (2007). In 2008 we raised an additional $1.5 million for the Center for Tissue and Cell Sciences and the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Visit (PDF) for an update on the pioneering research being conducted in these areas with guild support.

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Intergenerational support strengthens our thrift stores

Intergenerational support strengthens our thrift stores. In Redmond, Kimberly and Brooke Williams (left) join their grandmother, Virginia Williams, and Isabelle Gahard (center) helps out with her grandmother, Eilyne Levy. Bria Lund (far right) lends a hand with her mom, Lynne Lund.

Support our thrift stores in three easy ways:

1. Volunteer your time.

2. Donate quality used items.

3. Shop to your heart's content!

For store locations and hours, or to visit our eBay pages, go to You can also visit Seattle Children's Hospital Thrift Stores on Facebook.