Feature Story

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Exemplifies Success

OBCC Spring 2017

Seattle Children’s current strategic plan clearly prioritizes community health, community partnerships and a new facility for Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC).

A community clinic that has served the city’s Central District since 1970, OBCC has long been a model for care delivery that addresses the diverse needs of its families both inside and outside the clinic. A trusted healthcare home for medical, dental and mental health services, OBCC also offers culturally relevant health programs that include school-based teen health clinics, diabetes prevention programs, legal aid to support healthy home environments and more – all designed to address health and safety concerns before they compromise the well-being of children and their families. Read more.


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Building Cure Begins Its Rise to the Skies

Building Cure

On an auspiciously sunny day in February, a group of Seattle Children’s leaders, scientists and supporters gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for Building Cure, a new Seattle Children’s research facility at Stewart Street and Terry Avenue in downtown Seattle. Of the 540,000 square feet, 70% will be dedicated lab space. Each of the 13 floors will accommodate 125 scientists and staff members, and the building will also feature an auditorium, a science-education lab for children and teens, a museum that chronicles research discoveries and public outdoor green spaces.

“Building Cure is another huge advancement for children’s health, enabling Seattle Children’s to change the future for kids with complex medical issues,” says Michele Smith, chair, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation Board of Trustees. This incredible resource will bring more hope, care and cures to our patients and their families.”

The building is being designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, and is estimated to be completed in summer 2019. “Thanks to our guilds’ steadfast support, we are entering a new era of research at Seattle Children’s with Building Cure,” says Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “I am especially excited about the ‘Cure Factory’ – a state-of-the-art manufacturing center that translates laboratory discoveries to cell therapies for patients. Guilds help us find cures faster.”

A Big Thank You to New Research Champions

Allen Miller Guild

In 2016, seven new guilds joined Research Champions, a Seattle Children’s donor membership program, by contributing gifts of $2,500 or more to research: Allen-Miller Guild, Colton’s Army Guild, Communities Caring for Kids Guild, Cooper Point Guild, Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild, Team Rohan Guild and Ahmie’s Hope Guild.

A Research Champion guild can choose to direct its donations to a specific area, such as mitochondrial research, cardiac research or cancer research (including the Strong Against Cancer initiative, which supports immunotherapy research), or to the Research Discovery Fund, which is channeled to programs of most need as designated by Seattle Children’s Research Institute leaders.

In total, 66 guilds (PDF) were honored at the Research Champions evening held in March at the research institute, where they heard from scientists about new advances and toured labs with researchers to learn how their dollars are making a difference. To become a 2017 Research Champion guild and support Seattle Children’s Research Institute in its search for lifesaving cures, direct proceeds to research by December 31.

Why Our Guild Joined Research Champions

Coltons Army

“When your child is alive and healthy because of the research and miracles that have taken place and continue to be performed at Seattle Children’s – it’s all the motivation you need to want to keep the momentum going. There is a cure on the horizon, and we pray that through our guild’s fundraising efforts we will help bring that sun up with a cure for childhood cancers once and for all!”

– Suzy Matter, founder and president of Colton’s Army Guild, whose son, Colton, has been treated for leukemia at Seattle Children’s for nine years

Bargain Boutiques Update

Bargain Boutique Spring 2017

Chad Reboin, manager of the Olympia Bargain Boutique, considers guilds the heart of the store: “We couldn’t do what we’re doing without them – guilds were a big part of launching this store 18 years ago.”

Reboin explains that Holly Guild members Mel Hill and his late wife, Carol Hill, were instrumental in recruiting volunteers, getting the Olympia boutique going and managing it in its early days. Mel still volunteers weekly to help keep things shipshape.

There are 16 Seattle Children’s guilds in the Olympia area, and many are active in making the store a success. Guilds help in three main ways: securing donations (top contributors in 2016 were the Mona Westover, Cooper Point and Dr. Tom Dooley guilds); volunteering (of the boutique’s 55 volunteers, a third are guild members); and, of course, shopping.

“We’re so lucky to have strong relationships with our guilds,” says Reboin. “They are all unique and a wonderful part of Seattle Children’s – they all do something different, and they all serve a great need.”

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Leaving a Legacy: Guild Member Finds a Lasting Way to Give Back

Legacy Spring 2017After moving to Seattle from California in 2002, Karen Burke began looking for ways to become involved in her new community, just as she had been as a volunteer with the San Diego Center for Children. A friend in Seattle, Jolene Logue, told her why she loved volunteering for Seattle Children’s through the Preston Kuppe Guild. Burke promptly joined the guild and hasn’t looked back – she’s been a member for 14 years now, and has served as guild secretary for more than a decade.

“What’s so astonishing to me is that we’re not a big guild, yet our small group makes such a difference,” Burke says. “Every year, our auction raises more money, and we’re proud to have hit the million-dollar mark in total contributions last year.” True to form, the 50-member guild raised $140,000 at its 11th annual Art à la Carte Auction and Luncheon on May 5.

Burke likes the fact that her guild has one major annual event to focus on, and how members contribute their various talents to making it a success. As a behind-the-scenes organizer, she feels just as valued as those who are procuring eye-catching auction items.

She also likes the way her position as guild secretary dovetails nicely with her job as administrative office manager for the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Office; in both roles, she calls on intuition and people skills to juggle tasks and complete multifaceted projects. When talking with coworkers about Seattle Children’s, Burke has been impressed by personal stories of the excellent care their loved ones have received at the hospital. Whether it was for a one-time ER visit, or a need to address more complex healthcare needs, all remark on the unique mixture of expertise and kindness they’ve experienced at the hospital.

Last year, after the Art à la Carte auction numbers had all been crunched, Burke started wondering if there was something more she could do to support the hospital.

“After reading a Guild News legacy story, I remember thinking what an amazing thing it would be to include Seattle Children’s in my will,” she says. “I didn’t know that much about the Guardians’ Circle, so I looked at all the different options online – the hospital website is really helpful – and realized, hey, this really could work.” Her web research prompted her to meet with an estate-planning attorney who helped Burke include Seattle Children’s in her will.

If you’d like to help future generations of children receive the very best care by including Seattle Children’s in your will or estate plan, email Jessica Breitbarth or call her at 206-987-4977.