It Starts With Yes

Join Our Great Big Yes for Kids!

Jeff Sperring, Makenna Schwab, Cass Huff, Alexis Douglas, Caleb and Constance Thompson

“Our guilds always rise to meet the needs of families, and with It Starts With Yes, we are calling on everyone to continue that good work for generations to come. With your support, we’ll be able to achieve revolutionary advances in child health and wellness and meet our goal to say yes to every family!”

– Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association

This special edition of Guild News is dedicated to the Yes campaign

YES module image On November 15, Seattle Children’s Guild Association joined supporters in unveiling It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s, a fundraising campaign with a bold vision to ensure that more families can count on hope, care and cures ‒ now and into the future.

This campaign is the largest in Seattle Children’s history, and we began preparing for it in 2010. The overall goal is $1 billion, and the Guild Association aims to contribute $150 million toward the total. Even though we publicly unveiled the campaign this November, all giving since October 2010 counts toward the goal. You have already contributed an impressive $90 million! Together, we can raise the final $60 million.

“We are where we are today thanks to guild members, and we’re so incredibly grateful to you for all you do for Seattle Children’s,” says Aileen Kelly, executive director of the Guild Association. “Our guilds always rise to meet the needs of families, and with It Starts With Yes, we are calling on everyone to continue that good work for generations to come. With your support, we’ll be able to achieve revolutionary advances in child health and wellness and meet our goal to say yes to every family!”

Kelly says one way you can say yes is to join her in including Seattle Children’s in an estate plan, which can be as simple as adding the hospital as a beneficiary on a savings account or IRA. And if you have already included the hospital in your will, Kelly urges you to let her know so you can be counted as part of our campaign goal to add 325 more guild members to the Guardians’ Circle, a group honoring those who have included Seattle Children’s in their charitable estate plans. 

Following are the Yes campaign priorities ‒ read more about them:

  • Advancing our core mission to care for every child 
  • Delivering on the power and promise of immunotherapy 
  • Launching a new era for community health and wellness 
  • Unlocking the mysteries of the developing brain 
  • Ensuring families can count on us today and always through legacy gifts 

Debbie Cady, new chair of the Guild Association Board of Trustees, is excited to take on her role at a time when there are so many great stories to share about Seattle Children’s medical advances and comprehensive plans to improve the health of kids in our region and around the world.

“We couldn’t do it without our guild members ‒ just look how far-reaching the impact of our guild community is. For example, the $74 million gift from Jack R. MacDonald in 2013 was due to his mom’s affiliation with a guild,” Cady says. “We have influence in ways we aren’t even aware of that are hard to measure, many continuing long into the future. I’m excited to be working with a great group of people who are passionate about saying yes to transforming child health.”

Guilds Say Yes to Seattle Children’s!

It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s kicked off November 14 at The Sanctuary at the Mark in Seattle, where a crowd of supporters gathered to celebrate their commitment to improving children’s healthcare. A contingent of guild leaders were among nearly 400 guests who attended the festive evening. Seattle Children’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Sperring delighted the audience in his role as “talk-show host” as he interviewed patients ‒ the stars of the evening.

Jim and Jan Sinegal, Jean Enersen, Makenna Schwab, Cass HuffJim and Jan Sinegal of the Friends of Costco Guild, and Jean Enersen of the Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild (kneeling), with Patient Ambassadors Makenna Schwab and Cass Huff (front).Michele Smith, Marion Woyvodich and Ryan SmithMichele Smith (left) of the We Believe Guild with Marion Woyvodich of the Marion Finley Guild and Ryan Smith, Michele Smith’s son.Alexis DouglasAlexis Douglas was successfully treated for neuroblastoma at Seattle Children’s.Caleb with parents Constance and Mychael ThompsonPatient Ambassador Caleb with his parents, Constance and Mychael Thompson. Caleb was born with a condition called MMIH, where the smooth muscle that lines his urinary tract and intestine doesn’t contract normally, slowing his bladder and bowel function.Mebie Thompson, Erin Cordry, Barbara DeFreestGuild trustees Mebie Thompson of the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild and Erin Cordry of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild with Barbara DeFreest, Guild Association staff member (left to right).Aileen Kelley, Callie Lentz and Ryan LentzGuild Association Executive Director Aileen Kelly with Callie Lentz and her father, Ryan Lentz. Callie founded Callie’s Coffee to raise funds for childhood cancer research after losing her dear friend, Ben Towne, to the disease at 3 years old. Jan Sinegal, Kendy Sasaki-Ross, Debbie Centioli and Suzi LathamFriends of Costco Guild members say yes. From left: Jan Sinegal, Kendy Sasaki-Ross, Debbie Centioli and Suzi Latham. Jeff Sperring and Makenna SchwabSeattle Children’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Sperring interviews Patient Ambassador Makenna Schwab. The hospital’s level four skybridge will be named after team MakPratt, in honor of Makenna’s philanthropy work with actor Chris Pratt. Massive Monkees on stageMembers of the hip-hop dance group Massive Monkees perform on stage as confetti falls.

Every Yes Counts!

Yes thermometerThank you for your ongoing and essential role in Seattle Children’s success! Together we can change the future of children’s health.