Thanks for Helping Us Reach New Heights!
As Seattle Children’s Guild Association celebrates another record-breaking year for fundraising ($15.7 million!), we reflect on the countless ways guilds improve the lives of children every day. These photos illustrate four main areas of guild support: uncompensated care, research, heartwarming gifts and special programs. Thanks for all you do to bring hope to families and champion Seattle Children’s mission. Read more.
Helen Gervais: Guild Association Mainstay Is Greatly Missed
Guild Association staff members are deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and colleague, Helen Gervais, a celebrated member of the Marion Finley Guild and a steadfast Children’s supporter. Helen passed away Sept. 12 after a long battle with cancer, which she fought with grace, strength and humor.
Helen began her 28-year career with Children’s as a Seattle Children’s Foundation and Guild Association receptionist, a busy and highly visible position. Her warmth and exceptional talents soon led her to the Guild Association, where she became the
face of front-line support for our guild members. Helen was wholly dedicated to the volunteers she served. She worked hard to see that our guilds had everything they needed to be successful. At many association events, Helen could be found greeting guests as they arrived and offering hugs and well wishes to the many members who had become her close friends.
“Our team will always remember Helen as someone who reminded us to connect with each other. No matter how busy she was, she would stop by to ask colleagues how they were doing – and she extended her caring to their spouses, parents, kids and pets,” says Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director. “Helen had a wonderful sense of humor and she kept us all smiling.”
Helen is survived by her daughter, Mari; her son, Greg, and his partner, Candace; and her grandchildren, Garret and Sophie. Donations to Seattle Children’s can be made in her name here, or by calling 206-987-2153.
Special Thanks From the Board
The Seattle Children’s Guild Association Board of Trustees sends a special thank-you to all our guild members who made 2016 such a successful fundraising year. The countless creative ways you support Seattle Children’s are incredibly inspiring!
Bargain Boutiques Update
In October, Seattle Children’s Kennewick Bargain Boutique and the Guild Association co-hosted the first Best Practices/After Hours Shopping Evening. Nearly 50 Tri-Cities and Yakima guild members gathered for a fun night of information sharing, food and wine, and private shopping in the beautiful new store. Their generous purchases totaled more than $1,000 in sales.
“It’s exciting to see this region gain new momentum in shared support of Seattle Children’s,” says Retail Director Eva Campbell. “Thanks to these guild members, our vision is coming to life as we work together to raise awareness for the hospital through the new store with many committed guild volunteers and shoppers.”
Mark your calendar: Guild Association Regional Outreach Dinner Meeting, March 14, Tri-City Country Club, Kennewick. Pictured above, Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild members at the recent Kennewick Best Practices event. From left: Susie Cato, Lynette Stair, Jackie Harvey, Jan Slagle and Virginia Rathbun.
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Leaving a Legacy: Guild Association Board Chair Pays It Forward
When a friend from her “new moms” group invited Judy Ogden to join a Seattle Children’s guild 18 years ago, she did her homework before saying yes. It was hard for her to imagine adding one more commitment to an already busy schedule as the mother of two boys under age 3. But as Judy did her research, every new thing she learned about the hospital made her more convinced that she wanted to join the cause. She became a member of the KC Howard Guild, and from that point on, her life took on a new trajectory of helping children well beyond her own family.
“I wanted to be involved with supporting kids, and the main thing that attracted me to the hospital was uncompensated care,” Judy says. “I believe that all children deserve to have healthcare, and I love the legacy and history of how Seattle Children’s has always had this as part of its mission. What I love about guilds is that they create lifelong friendships – being with a group of amazing, strong, generous women for 18 years is just incredible.”
The guild was just the beginning of Judy’s and her husband Bryan’s dedication to the hospital, which has played a central role in their lives ever since. Over the years, Judy has been called upon to serve many leadership positions in her guild, including acting as co-chair of its annual Holiday Luncheon fundraiser. She is currently rounding out her two-year term as chair of the Seattle Children’s Guild Association Board of Trustees. One requirement of this job is to serve simultaneously on Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation Board of Trustees.
“That old expression, ‘the more you give, the more you get’ is so true. As guild board chair, I love going to other guilds’ events and learning about all the amazing ways people support the hospital,” Judy says. “I also get to see work from the foundation level and meet new wonderful people on that board.”
Judy also likes learning about the hospital’s wide-ranging research efforts at the foundation’s board meetings, where investigators share their latest studies.
“We get kudos because of our cancer program, but there is so much other incredible research going on,” Judy says. “Everything Seattle Children’s does, it does well, from employee satisfaction to quality assurance to transparency.”
In addition to myriad hours of volunteer work, Judy and Bryan recently decided to make a permanent monetary gift to the hospital.
“I’ve put so much time and effort and love into this cause, and we truly believe in this work, so we decided to put Seattle Children’s in our will,” Judy says.
It was a choice the couple thought long and hard about. They wanted to make a low-risk financial commitment that would work over the long term, considering that one son is graduating from high school in June, their eldest is attending the University of Washington, and Bryan is intent on retiring within the next five years.
“We wanted to make sure we have enough money to meet our own goals, so we met with the Children’s Foundation Legacy team, who helped us look at all the options and the risks of each so we could make an informed decision,” says Bryan, who is pleased with the plan they decided on – after they pass on, a set percentage of the funds remaining in their estate will go to the hospital.
“Once you become a parent, you have such a new perspective on what you would do if your child gets ill or you don’t have the money to pay for things,” says Judy. “Making this gift is like paying it forward; you hope you never need it, but you want it to be there in case you do.”
Above left, Judy and Bryan Ogden with sons Holt (in graduation cap) and Mason, at Holt’s Bainbridge High School graduation two years ago. Mason will graduate this June.
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.
Mark Your Calendars!
Please invite new guild members to the Guild Association’s annual “Welcome” brunch, and plan to join fellow guild members and friends at the association’s annual meeting.
Guild Association New Member Brunch
Saturday, Feb. 11
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ocean Cafe, Seattle Children’s
Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration
Friday, May 12
Westin Hotel, Seattle
9:30 a.m., project display tables open 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., luncheon and program
If you have questions or need more information, please contact us.