Our Guild Association is the largest volunteer association of any hospital in the nation. Guilds raise millions of dollars for Seattle Children's each year.
The small circle of friends that helped found Children's in 1907 has grown to include hundreds of groups of like-minded, compassionate individuals.
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From the Chair
Like many guild members, I first learned how meaningful volunteering could be from my mom, who was a hospital volunteer and guild member. So when a friend invited me to form a new guild, what started as attending one meeting turned into 25 years of supporting Seattle Children's. Today, my mom, sister, brother and sister-in-law are all guild members and I wouldn't have it any other way.
For the last four years, I've been a member of the KC Howard Guild. I am lucky to be a part of this talented group of women, each of whom has shown me what it means to be truly committed to Children's. I've also had the opportunity to meet members of many other guilds. Meeting people and hearing their stories is so inspiring. I love learning about all the creative ways that people fundraise for Children's.
I know that time is a precious commodity. But for me, giving your time as a guild member is more than a gift to the community; it is a fun and incredibly fulfilling way to spend your time - even after 25 years.
Sue Byers, Chair, Board of Trustees
Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association
3 Rivers Guild (1990)
The 3 Rivers Guild was formed in 1990 in the Tri-Cities of eastern Washington to support uncompensated care. This guild was the 2009 recipient of the Guild Association's Chairman's Award for Excellence. The guild's current fundraising projects include a bake sale, the "Some Like it Hot" Chili Contest and participation in the Alternative Gift Fair sponsored by the local Unitarian church. The 3 Rivers Guild hosts the Regional Outreach Dinner for local guilds with Guild Association representatives. The guild also participates in the Harvest Ball, helping raise over $100,000 annually.
Adaline Coffman Guild (1940)
The Adaline Coffman Guild was organized in 1940 and is named after a gracious lady who, throughout her lifetime, gave of herself to the betterment of her family, her church and her community. Since its inception, the Adaline Coffman Guild, comprised of compassionate, community-minded women of Lewis County, has labored to provide assistance to the hospital and money for uncompensated care. The guild's purpose is to make it possible for children to receive necessary healthcare.
The Adaline Coffman Guild hosts an annual holiday gala and auction with all proceeds benefiting uncompensated care. A wine and dinner pairing event at a local restaurant is held alongside the gala to raise additional funds. The guild has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception. In 2011, the Adaline Coffman Guild received the Guild Association's annual Chairman's Award for Excellence for their exemplary contributions to the hospital.
Apple Valley Guild (1947)
The Apple Valley Guild (formerly Orthopedic Guild "G"), located in Wenatchee, has been supporting uncompensated care since the guild was formed in 1947. A small but very committed group of women, guild members participate in Purchase a Miracle, tagging several grocery stores every spring. Crayola crayons are collected during back to school sales. The local Curves helps us in this collection every year. The guild started a new tradition this year, wherein they pick a new item each month to purchase for inpatient teens and young adults.
Autism Center Guild (2009)
The Autism Center Guild started in February 2009 to support the opening of Seattle Children's Autism Center in August 2009. As of 2011, after less than three years of operation, the Autism Center Guild was among the top 10 fundraising guilds for Seattle Children's. Guild members include parents of children with autism; autism caregivers and therapists; and friends and extended family members of those affected by autism in the Northwest. The primary fundraiser is the annual Festival of Trees Gala, Auction and Celebration, held in November in conjunction with the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild. The guild also works to support the Autism Center and build autism awareness through volunteering at community autism awareness events, and providing help at Autism Center events.
Beverly C. Lambert Guild (1988)
The Beverly C. Lambert Guild was formed in 1988 to support uncompensated care. Their events change venues and themes every few years. In 2015, they are going back to an old favorite at Woodside Braseth Art Gallery. The Beverly Lambert Guild is located in Seattle.
Big Wheels of Hope Guild (2012)
The Big Wheels of Hope Guild was founded in Shoreline. The guild is comprised of a group of avid cyclists, triathletes and runners, raising money each year through one or more sponsored activities for Seattle Children's Emergency Department (ED). Join them in a team event or design your own personal challenge. Do something you love - all in support of allowing even the youngest patients to feel at ease during their ED visit.
Butterfly Guild (2010)
The Butterfly Guild was formed to fund research that will ultimately lead to healthier, happier and longer lives for children diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. Shwachman-Diamond syndrome is a genetic bone marrow failure disease that can lead to an increased risk of leukemia. Children with this syndrome are often pancreatic insufficient, requiring pancreatic enzyme supplements to process food. In addition, children are often neutropenic, which means not enough white blood cells are present to fight infection. Bacterial infections in children with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome can quickly become life-threatening if not treated properly. One or more types of blood cells can be affected.
Seattle Children's Hospital is one of very few hospitals in the nation equipped to address and treat Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. The Butterfly Guild is committed to making a difference in the lives of children with this rare and complex disease.
Carolyn Johnson Guild (1991)
The Carolyn Johnson Guild of Mount Vernon was formed in 1991. Their fundraising supports uncompensated care. The guild currently has two annual fundraising events. In the spring, the guild hosts "Tea for Tots," an afternoon tea with a vintage fashion show. From late October through Thanksgiving, the guild sells holiday wreaths.
Catalina's Hope Guild (2005)
The Catalina's Hope Guild was founded by a compassionate volunteer who provided comfort and emotional support to Seattle Children's patients. Founded in honor of Catalina, an inspiring young patient diagnosed with ALL leukemia, the Catalina's Hope Guild ensures families can focus on their children instead of how to pay for their medical care. Although Catalina lost her battle at age 17, the now 21-member guild is dedicated to continuing their mission to help patients and families receive the best care possible. Events include an annual auction and wine pairing to benefit uncompensated care.
CDH Warriors of the Pacific Northwest Guild (2014)
Formed in 2014, the CDH Warriors Guild supports congenital diaphragmatic hernia research. Located in Snoqualmie, the guild hosts an annual Survivor Mud Run.
Circle of Hope Guild (2010)
Formed by a group of friends and professionals, the Circle of Hope Guild includes men and women with broad professions and diverse backgrounds - from the CEO of Greenfoot Technologies to Microsoft and McKinstry Co. employees, as well as stay-at-home moms. The Circle of Hope Guild provides financial support and volunteer commitments to Children's to ensure that all children are cared for regardless of their family's ability to pay. The guild hosts events including a golf tournament, Cheers for Children's (a wine event and silent auction) and volunteer opportunities such as serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.
Clare Beckett Guild (2009)
The Clare Beckett Guild is named for two beautiful children who have received care at Seattle Children's: Clare Gaffney, who spent all four days of her life at Children's in 2006, and Beckett Shumaker, who continues to receive care today. The guild feels strongly that every child who needs care should be able to receive it. They support uncompensated care through auctions, toy drives, card sales and more.
Their mission is to make it easy for anyone who wants to give. It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference! The guild currently has 48 members and always welcomes new volunteers.
Daughters’ Guild (2006)
The Daughters’ Guild was founded in 2006 by a small group of girlfriends, many of whom have parents who have been actively involved in fundraising for Seattle Children’s. Over the years, the group has grown to more than 20 members (from both Seattle and the Eastside), who host the Touchdown for Tots auction event each fall, centered around a UW Huskies football game. Featuring a large silent auction, live auction, dessert raffle and a variety of "tailgating" games, Touchdown for Tots raised over $50,000 for uncompensated care in 2014.
Desert Sun Guild (1988)
Located in the Tri-Cities, this group of about 20 women established their niche as the hosts of Savvy Affair: A Fashion Show. In addition, this guild hosts a Spring Gala, which includes gourmet food, wine and an auction.
Des Moines Auxiliary (1928)
The Des Moines Auxiliary was founded in 1928. The nearly 60 members of the guild support uncompensated care so no child will go without necessary medical attention. Fundraising events include the October Fall Luncheon, November Holiday Bazaar, Spring Fashion Show, raffles, and arts and craft sales throughout the year.
Dream Builders Guild (2015)
The Dream Builders Guild is focused on raising funds for uncompensated care to treat all children in our region regardless of their family's ability to pay. The guild’s goal is to provide children with the best medical care so they may heal, continue pursuing their dreams and go on being kids.
Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild (1969)
"Very Merry Christmas," one of the 25 gorgeous trees at the 2006 Festival of Trees.
The Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild has been supporting uncompensated care at Children's since 1969. In 1978, Flashman Guild members held the first Festival of Trees, now a Seattle holiday tradition. Fifty guild members work throughout the year to produce a creative collection of uniquely designed Christmas trees. The trees are different every year and each one is dedicated to a courageous patient treated at Children's. The trees are on display at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle each November and are available for purchase. The Festival of Trees has become a holiday tradition with an evening complete with the tree lighting ceremony, holiday décor and basket sale, cocoa and cookies, Santa photos, stories, music and the opening of the Teddy Bear Suite. The Georgian Room restaurant also features a three- or four-course meal that donates 10% of proceeds to Seattle Children's.
Dr. Julien Soule Guild (1961)
The Dr. Julien Soule Guild supports uncompensated care at Children's with a wide variety of fundraising projects. Recent projects include Giving Card sales, Bunco parties and being audience members at an "America's Got Talent" taping. Additionally, the guild "tags" stores for Purchase a Miracle, sells Children's calendars and serves dinner at the Ronald McDonald House annually. The guild meets monthly in the evenings in the Kent/Covington/Renton area. They are always looking for new members!
Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild (1939)
The Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild was formed in Anacortes, Washington, in 1939 by a group of local women who wished to help children in need of medical care. The guild's main fundraiser is their annual Home and Boat Tour, held on the third Sunday in September. The tour features homes and boats of interest, many of which are historically significant. All proceeds support uncompensated care.
Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild (1997)
The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild was formed in 1997 and supports the Dr. Stanley Stamm Seattle Children's Hospital Summer Camp, which gives children with terminal or chronic medical conditions the opportunity to enjoy summer camp. The guild's main fundraisers include a fashion show and pancake breakfast. The guild is located in Seattle.
Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild (2001)
The Eastside Friends for Children's Guild fundraises for uncompensated care with a fun annual Black and Bling Ladies' Night Out auction. Our celebrity emcee for 2015 will be Molly Mesnick of The Bachelor.
Eleanor Henry Reed Guild (1989)
Eleanor Henry Reed Guild members.
The Eleanor Henry Reed Guild throws a fun and glamorous fundraising party each winter. Themes in previous years included Winter Thaw and Where the Wild Things Are, and the event was most recently called La Fete d'Amour, a French-inspired cocktail party.
The guild primarily supports uncompensated care. In 2005 the guild established the Max Hanson Endowment for Brain Tumor Research.
Eternally Joyful Guild (2005)
The Eternally Joyful Guild was formed to provide support to the Child Life Department. The Child Life Department is a vital part of every child's medical team, helping explain diagnoses and treatments to children, teens and families and help even the youngest patients feel more at ease during their hospital stay. Every summer, the guild hosts Cones for Kids, an afternoon of ice cream and fun at the Alki Bathhouse on the beach in West Seattle.
Frances W. Nordstrom Guild (1985)
The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild was founded in tribute to and in memory of Frances W. Nordstrom, a remarkable Seattle Children's volunteer and Guild Association board member. Ms. Nordstrom was known for her tremendous spirit, deep commitment and passion for Children's.
For many years the guild held an annual auction and dinner. In the fall of 2004, members presented their first annual Club Night. Now called Big Night, this entertaining event features a night of live music, dancing, cocktails and dinner held at Herban Feast in Sodo Park. Proceeds benefit uncompensated care.
Friends for Life Guild (2006)
Inspired by her own daughter Natalie's battle with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), as well as by the many young, courageous children who undergo intensive cancer treatment, Dene James created the Friends for Life Guild to benefit pediatric oncology research at Seattle Children's. The guild now has 41 members.
Since 2006, the guild has worked with a local Washington glass artist to develop and sell unique, beautiful, hand-blown glass ornaments. In 2008, they proudly added a new group of dedicated volunteers to their organization - the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Friends for Life Guild. They also held their first annual fundraising event, Finaghty's Friends for Life Fall Fest, in October 2008 in Snoqualmie.
To better communicate with generous supporters around the country, their website enables donors to buy ornaments or to donate online to the Friends for Life Guild, benefitting pediatric oncology research at Seattle Children's.
Friends of Costco Guild (1988)
The amazing women of the Friends of Costco Guild continue to break fundraising records.
The Friends of Costco Guild began as a group of volunteers dedicated to the support of Children's uncompensated care. Their fundraising efforts began with bowling parties and progressed to include license-plate frame sales, fashion shows, luncheons, horseracing and the production of the book Guide to Health and Wellness.
In 2000, the Friends of Costco Guild teed up the First Annual Children's Golf Classic. After 12 years, the Children's Golf Classic has raised nearly $60 million for uncompensated care. With a team of 59 guild members, this event has grown into the largest single fundraiser for Children's. The Golf Classic attracts more than 1,000 people annually and includes a VIP reception, a dinner party featuring live entertainment and a golf tournament at eight courses around Seattle.
Friends of Mia Guild (2013)
The Friends of Mia Guild was formed in memory of Mia. Powered by hope, inspired by kids fighting cancer! The guild is dedicated to helping kids fight cancer by raising funds to support cancer research. Annual events include the Power Team charity running team, the Miracles in Action Auction and the Alumni Soccer Cup.
Friends of Yuen Lui Guild (2010)
The Friends of Yuen Lui Guild was established in 2010 and currently has 13 members. The guild's fundraising efforts focus on child-centered events and benefit uncompensated care. Their first and main event is the Kids 4 Kids Young Photographers Event, a silent auction and gallery reception featuring photography by kids between the ages of 3 and 17. They also partner with the Imagine Guild to host Walk the Red Carpet for Seattle Children's, an annual Academy Awards viewing party.
Gabriel Pigotti Memorial Guild (2013)
The Gabriel Pigotti Memorial Guild carries on the joyful spirit of Gabriel Pigotti by helping children learn, play and grow in positive and fun environments to achieve their dreams and goals. By supporting the Child Life Department, the guild hopes to give children the chance to be carefree kids, and to smile with those they love. The guild hosts various fundraising activities, including their annual karting day in the Seattle area.
Hansje Brinker Guild (2007)
The Hansje Brinker Guild was formed in 2007 by a group of Seattle-based women with a Dutch background. The guild is an excellent way for the Dutch and others to contribute to the greater Seattle community! The Hansje Brinker Guild supports the Child Life department through two family-friendly events: the Orange Bicycle Parade and Dutch Queen's Day, featuring traditional Dutch games and treats.
Harvest Ball Guild (2001)
The Harvest Ball Guild is made up of representatives from other local Seattle Children's guilds and co-presents the Harvest Ball, the largest guild event in the Tri-Cities. This festive, fall-themed gala and auction raises more than $100,000 a year for uncompensated care.
Hope for Little Hearts Guild (2013)
The Hope for Little Hearts Guild supports cardiac research through an annual spring auction.
Hope on the Hill Guild (2009)
In 2009, the Hope on the Hill Guild was started by a group of inspired women in the Issaquah area who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families in our community, specifically those being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The guild is a diverse group of women that all have a common interest: their children. Some members are stay-at-home moms and others are working mothers. All members have varying professional backgrounds that contribute unique skills and expertise to the Hope on the Hill Guild.
Hydrocephalus Research Guild (2006)
The Hydrocephalus Research Guild (HRG), a special-interest guild, was formed with the mission of raising awareness about hydrocephalus (a life-long neurological condition with no cure) and raising money for research to find better treatments and hopefully a cure! HRG holds the Seattle Children's Hospital and Hydrocephalus Association Walk along with an auction and a non-event. The guild is located in the Seattle area.
Imagine Guild (1994)
Seventeen years ago, 100 motorcycles gathered to participate in the First Annual Children's Ride. The event was a success, raising $13,000 for Seattle Children's. Over the past 17 years, the Imagine Guild has grown from a few individuals to nearly 50 men and women of all ages who share a love of motorcycles and a passion for helping children. Through the success of Children's Ride, the Imagine Guild has raised more than $5 million to help provide care to hundreds of Northwest families. They also partner with the Friends of Yuen Lui Guild to host Walk the Red Carpet for Seattle Children's, an annual Academy Awards viewing party.
Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild (1995)
The Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild was founded in memory of siblings Jack and Colleen Ryan. In 2004, the guild presented its first annual Seattle Snow Ball. A formal multigenerational event, children in seventh grade and higher are invited to a dinner dance with their parents and/or grandparents. Proceeds benefit Children's uncompensated care.
Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild (1986)
Formed in 1986, the Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild is located in Kennewick and supports uncompensated care. The guild's main fundraiser is the Taste of the Holidays and is held annually in October/November.
Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild (1999)
The Jaquish/Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild was founded in honor and memory of Children's patient Jordyn Dukelow by her parents and family friends. Ten years later, Kristen Jaquish, a founding and inspirational member of the guild, lost her courageous battle to breast cancer. The guild's original name was changed to recognize the passion that Kristen had brought to eradicating this horrible disease.
Early projects included a golf tournament, a chili cook-off and an auction. Currently, the guild presents an annual themed auction, Cruise for a Cure. The guild is now over 50 members strong and their fundraising efforts, totalling over $900,000, support brain tumor research.
Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer Guild (2012)
The Jonaven Huck Punish Cancer guild was formed in 2012 after the founders' son, Jonaven, finished treatment for neuroblastoma cancer. The guild's desire is to eliminate cancer so that no child will ever have to endure what Jonaven did, so they decided to raise funds to support cancer research and treatment. Their main fundraiser is the Mt. Adams Climb for a Cure, but they are always looking for new ideas. The guild is located in the Yakima area.
Julian's Dinosaur Guild (2012)
Julian's Dinosaur Guild helps fund research focused on better diagnosis and treatment of bone marrow failure diseases. The guild's inspiration is Julian Blackwell's brave struggle with severe aplastic anemia and the lives he has touched throughout his illness and recovery from a life-saving bone marrow transplant at age 5. The guild is based in Seattle and hosts an annual dinner and silent auction. They welcome all participants and supporters.
Kare4Kids Guild (2012)
Kare4Kids was founded by Suhail Singh in November 2012. The guild supports research and education within the Department of Neurology The guild is located in Redmond.
Katie's Comforters Guild (2009)
The Katie's Comforters Guild was formed in 2009 to create quilts and blankets to bring comfort to patients at Seattle Children's Hospital. Named in memory of patient Katie Gerstenberger, the guild raises blankets (rather than funds) all over the country from their headquarters in Poulsbo.
K.C. Howard Guild (1995)
K.C. Howard Guild members.
In 1995, a few close friends formed the K.C. Howard Guild, named after Katherine Colwell (K.C.) Howard, granddaughter of Children's founder Anna Herr Clise.
The guild has 38 members and is involved in several projects, including hosting its annual Shop, Sip and Savor Luncheon and Auction every December in Seattle. Guild members also create finger puppets and hero badges, bring donations to Children's thrift stores and participate in Purchase a Miracle by placing "shelf tags" in stores statewide, alerting shoppers to purchases that benefit Children's. Through these fundraising efforts and the establishment of the K.C. Howard Endowment, the guild supports uncompensated care.
Kent Guild (1929)
The Kent Guild has a membership of 124 people, making it one of the largest guilds in the Guild Association. The guild mainly supports uncompensated care, and have been Research Champions for the past three years. Their main fundraiser is the Artisans' Festival held the first Monday and Tuesday in November. They will also host a fashion show, luncheon and basket raffle on April 16, 2015 at the Meridian Valley Country Club. All are welcome!
LAX Chicks for Children’s Guild (2014)
The LAX Chicks for Children's Guild was started in 2014. The guild hosts a summer lacrosse camp in Kirkland for girls in first through fifth grades. Giving Goals is another fundraiser that is an option for all girls’ high school teams in Washington state. The guild is proud to have found a way to use their love of lacrosse to raise money for uncompensated care!
Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild (2007)
The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild is comprised of a group of enthusiastic 10-to-14-year-olds dedicated to helping patients at Seattle Children's. The Little Lemon Drops host an annual pickleball tournament as their main fundraiser each year. In fiscal year 2010, the guild raised over $7,800 for uncompensated care! In their own words, "We're doing what we can to help provide kids at Seattle Children's an opportunity to receive the highest quality healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay."
Martha Lake Guild (1957)
The Martha Lake Guild was founded in 1957 in Martha Lake near Lynnwood and raises funds for uncompensated care. The guild takes part in the Purchase a Miracle campaign and the yearly Children's Hospital calendar sales. They enjoy handcrafting items for the children and sending them to the hospital as well as collecting toys, crayons and supplies for the patients, their siblings and their parents.
Mercer Island Guild (1928)
The Mercer Island Guild puts together the annual Mercer Island phone directory, which is the second longest-running project in Guild Association history. The guild raises funds by selling advertisements to local businesses and requesting donations when the finished book is distributed. The guild is 63 members strong and consistently raises more than $130,000 each year. In 2010, the Mercer Island Guild received the Guild Association's annual Chairman's Award for Excellence.
Miracle House Guild (2000)
The Miracle House Guild was formed in 2000 and brought together a group of individuals from all over the greater King and Pierce County area who were looking for a volunteer experience at Seattle Children's Hospital. Now in their 11th year, they are a strong group of 25 friends and one of the top 15 fundraising guilds. They are proud of the tradition they have created with their annual Where Miracles Take Flight auction, which consistently raises more than $100,000 for the hospital.
Mitochondrial Research Guild (2003)
Dr. Russell and Kathleen Saneto with guild president Jill Herczog.
The Mitochondrial Research Guild was formed in 2003 by Seattle-area families who have been affected by mitochondrial disease. The guild's mission is to raise awareness, promote research and improve the quality of medical care that is available to children dealing with mitochondrial disease. This special-interest guild holds the Cure for Mito Auction and Dinner every September at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. These events have raised a total of $1.8 million for mitochondrial research and advocacy efforts.
Mitzvah Mama Guild (2009)
The Mitzvah Mama Guild was formed in 2009 and supports uncompensated care. The guild's main fundraising event is The Big Spin, a one-of-a-kind Hanukkah party filled with games, music, snacks and the biggest dreidel in the Northwest, for Jewish families to look forward to during the holiday season. They are located in Seattle and currently have 10 members.
Mona Westover Guild (1927)
The Mona Westover Guild (formally the Butler Cove Guild) was formed in 1927. This makes it the oldest guild in Thurston County still in existence. The guild supports uncompensated care through dues, life memberships, a yearly auction and the sale of spring bulbs. A number of guild members are regular volunteers at the Seattle Children's Bargain Boutique in Olympia. The guild reports that they have been happily supporting Seattle Children's for more than 87 years.
Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild (1989)
Formed in 1989, the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild was the first "couples' guild" formed for Seattle Children's. The guild has hosted an annual Valentine's Day dinner party with live music, dancing and a silent auction featuring fine international and domestic wines. In previous years the guild has hosted other wine-themed events along with co-producing the Season of Light Auction for many years. In its 23-year history the guild has raised more than $3 million for uncompensated care.
Palm Springs Guild (1972)
The Palm Springs Guild is the only guild located outside of the state of Washington. It was formed in 1972 by former members of the Olive Roberts Guild. Most are members of guilds in the Pacific Northwest who winter in the Palm Springs area. The guild members meet November through March each year but keep up by email the remainder of the year. The guild funds the Palm Springs Guild/Pearl A. Daniels Endowed Fund supporting the Journey Program. The group is small but mighty and welcome all who want to visit or join.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild (2005)
The PBTRG was formed in 2005 to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research. The guild was founded by Erin Cordry and Eric Hanson in honor of their son, Max Hanson, a brain cancer patient. Supported by their friends, and now other brain tumor families, the guild started out with a "non-event." Touting the benefits of not buying new clothes, finding a babysitter and transportation for an evening out, instead the guild had "guests" RSVP to stay home that evening and make a direct donation. The guild raised over $61,000 their first year!
In 2008, the PBTRG partnered with the Four Seasons Seattle to create the Run of Hope, a 5k run and 3k walk. In only three years the Run of Hope has raised nearly $675,000 with nearly 1,700 participants. New members are always welcome!
Pink Polka Dots Guild (2006)
The Pink Polka Dots Guild (PPD) was founded in 2006 by a group of sixth graders in memory of their friend who died of a brain tumor. Since then, they have raised more than $400,000 to support brain-tumor research at Seattle Children's by selling handcrafted and printed cards made by guild members, and hosting an annual golf tournament and other smaller events. They have also been featured on Evening Magazine, BizKid $, The Huffington Post and The Nate Berkus Show.
Preston Kuppe Guild (2002)
If you enjoy art from the Pacific Northwest, then you'll enjoy the offerings at the Preston Kuppe Guild's annual Art à la Carte spring luncheon and auction. Every year, the 26 members of the guild partner with the Northwest Art Alliance to curate unique and one-of-a-kind art pieces for this successful event. The 2013 event raised over $100,000 for uncompensated care and research.
Project Grace Guild (2007)
The Project Grace Guild was formed in 2007. While attending another guild-sponsored auction, a table of eight guests decided they should form a guild of their own! Current members are all moms living in Snoqualmie Ridge who have dedicated their time and efforts to this immensely important cause. Whether it is because their moms were once members of a guild or their children have been or are patients at Children's, the guild feels that generating awareness and funding for uncompensated care is an incredibly important cause, and the basis on which Project Grace was founded. Project Grace's 2011 event raised over $84,000 and they hope to raise even more in 2012!
Rhema's Reality Guild (2011)
Rhema's Reality Guild was founded by two 14-year-olds, Jacob Johnson and Rhema Butler, to raise money for childhood cancer research. First, they started selling T-shirts and wristbands while Rhema received her cancer treatments at Seattle Children's. Today, Rhema's Reality continues to raise money in memory of Rhema, with the community supporting such events as the annual Childhood Cancer Cut-a-Thon in Olympia. Rhema's Reality has been recognized as a Research Champion for 2011 and 2012 for their donations to Seattle Children's Research Institute.
Run for Children's Guild (2005)
Run for Children's Guild members get ready for another successful event.
Established in 2005, the Run for Children's Guild is a group of 20 volunteers dedicated to helping children in the Northwest by raising money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's by organizing an annual fun run and walk. Since its inception, the guild has raised more than $500,000. The guild presents the Covey Run, a 10k run, 5k run/walk and kid's dash, held each August in the wine country of Woodinville. The run finishes at Redhook Brewery, where post-race festivities are held, including an awards ceremony for top race finishers and fundraisers.
Sally Johnson Guild (1950)
Formed in 1950 in the Des Moines/Normandy Park area, the average age of current members is 74. The guild primarily supports uncompensated care and Seattle Children's Federal Way Clinic. They also participate in Purchase a Miracle and calendar sales.
Sam and Althea Stroum Guild (1996)
Established in November 1996 by Joyce Goldsmith, the Sam and Althea Stroum Guild has 32 members. The group focuses on having fun while meeting their goal to serve the needs of children. The guild accomplishes this goal through donations to uncompensated care at Seattle Children's, raised via annual fundraisers, which include spring store tagging for the Purchase a Miracle Campaign and the annual Stroum Guild event. The guild also supports Harvest Ball, a multi-guild event.
Sammi's Circle Guild (2008)
Sammi's Circle Guild was established in 2008 in memory of Samantha Crowell, who lost her battle with cancer in September 2008. The guild holds several events a year to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital.
SeaTac Guild (1985)
The SeaTac Guild: 25 years of caring
In 2010, the SeaTac Guild celebrated its 25th year of supporting uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. In 1985, a group of working mothers who got to know each other at their children's school events decided they needed to pool their energy and volunteer for a good cause. What could be better than supporting Children's, a saving grace for many of the members' families? The SeaTac Guild continues to support Children's with craft bazaars, calendar sales, Purchase a Miracle store tagging and annual auctions.
Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild (2008)
Founded in 2008, the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild is part of a nationwide, youth-led movement that supports local children's hospitals through Children's Miracle Network. In 2013, Seattle University students, generous partners, and a silent auction raised more than $42,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. Each year the guild's fundraising efforts culminate in a 16-hour dance marathon celebration. In 2014, more than 200 students will pledge to remain standing from 10 a.m. on Feb. 22 to 2 a.m. on Feb. 23 to stand in solidarity with patients at Seattle Children's who can't take a break from their illnesses.
Sequim Guild (1976)
The Sequim Guild was formed in 1976 and is currently one of the largest guilds, with 102 members. All of the guild's fundraisers, including Bunco parties and a holiday bazaar, raise funds for uncompensated care. The guild meets monthly at The Lodge in Sequim, Washington.
SOVREN Guild (1991)
The wheel-to-wheel action at the Pacific Northwest Historics.
The Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) was formed in 1986. In 1991, SOVREN members saw the potential of producing and presenting the Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Car Race as a benefit event for Children's and founded the SOVREN Guild. Nearly 300 rare and beautiful vintage and historic cars compete in the races annually. In 2003, the SOVREN Guild added the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance to its fundraising efforts. During the event, 80 of the finest and most exotic classic and antique cars are on display. In 2010, the guild began supporting the Science Adventure Lab with a portion of their event proceeds.
The SOVREN Guild consists of over 100 men and women of all ages from as far south as Auburn and as far north as Mount Vernon. Since its inception, the SOVREN Guild has contributed more than $8 million to uncompensated care and other programs at Children's.
Star Guild (2006)
A group of over 50 energetic, passionate members make up the Star Guild. Each year, members from all walks of the business world come together to present the American Girl Fashion Show and several smaller events. At the American Girl Fashion Show, girls of all ages come together to enjoy time with friends and family. The attendees learn how fashion has changed over time and preview the latest fashion for their dolls. The Star Guild is dedicated to ensuring no child is turned away from Seattle Children's through their support of uncompensated care.
Stillborn Still Loved Guild (2011)
Formed in Seattle in late 2011, the Stillborn Still Loved Guild's mission is to honor the lives of stillborn babies through advocacy, awareness and support. The guild is a place for people affected by similar experiences to partner in creating change. SBSL supports GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth), an initiative of Children's, which has spearheaded groundbreaking global research. The guild's first event, the Swirl and Sip Wine Tasting and Auction, was held in May 2012 at Grand Cru in Bellevue.
Symphony Guild (1998)
For over 10 years, Mateo Messina and the Symphony Guild have produced amazing concerts in Seattle that have brought together traditional symphony sounds with legendary musicians, dancers, singers, drumlines, and more to create unforgettable evenings. We have active guild members of all ages who work together to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children's.
Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild (2013)
Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild was formed by a group of friends and family members that have been cheering on the Seahawks as “Tailgaters Anonymous” for years. In summer 2013, the group founded the guild as a way to build on their passion for community engagement. Since then, the guild has hosted a sports-themed silent auction, collaborated in presenting the St. Patrick’s Day Dash and hosted a summer cocktail party and auction. The guild currently has 23 members and even more supporters. The guild started with an initial fundraising goal of $5,000, but has raised over $42,000 since it was founded.
Team Becca Guild (2014)
The Team Becca Guild was formed in 2014 with a focus on creating a world where non-invasive pediatric cancer treatments lead to a 100% remission rate – a cure for cancer. The guild was formed to honor Rebecca Anne Stevenson, whose life was cut too short due to cancer. The Team Becca Guild is based in Seattle and will raise money and awareness for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's through creative fundraising, organized gatherings, social media and community education and involvement. The guild welcomes all participants and supporters.
Team Seattle Guild (1997)
Guild president Don Kitch Jr. and Children's patient Kami Sutton at the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona.
The Team Seattle Guild was founded in 1997 by professional race car driver Don Kitch and his wife, Donna, to prepare to race in the 1997 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. The Kitches invited other race car drivers and racing enthusiasts, and launched a pledge campaign for each lap the team completed in the 24-hour race. The first race resulted in $80,000 for Children's. The team's continued participation in the annual race has been one of the top fundraising events for Children's. Over its 15-year history, Team Seattle has placed first and second twice along with taking their efforts worldwide to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 2009. The guild has raised over $4 million for Seattle Children's Heart Center.
After completing two endowments for pediatric cardiac research and pediatric cardiac intensive care, Team Seattle's focus has shifted to the development of a cardiac hybrid surgical suite at the Heart Center. Cardiac hybrid surgery combines the expertise of specialists in cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery and provides less-invasive, lower-risk treatments for cardiac patients.
Tiny Footprints Guild (2010)
The Tiny Footprints Guild is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support the work of GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth) in its research and advocacy for premature births and stillbirths. Founded by two mothers of premature infants, the guild acts as a champion for parents, babies and families affected by prematurity or stillbirth. The guild holds an annual silent auction and dinner. Through fundraising and raising community awareness, the Tiny Footprints Guild encourages the development of stronger data, tools and resources to support vital programs at GAPPS.
Trey Green Guild (2005)
The Trey Green Guild formed in 2005 and their inaugural Wine Gala and Auction was held in Sequim in 2006. Each year, the guild invites four local wineries and vendors to come showcase their wine for guests. Each attendee receives a commemorative wine glass and complimentary tastings at the wine tents. Guests enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, visit silent-auction tables and play ring toss and golf-putting games. The evening concludes with a live auction and keynote speaker. In 2010, the guild added a golf tournament, offering a full weekend of ways to support Seattle Children's. All funds raised by the 28-member guild are donated to uncompensated care.
Vala Youngquist Guild (1993)
The Vala Youngquist Guild was formed by a group of friends in tribute to and in memory of Vala Youngquist, a Mount Vernon resident who had been a member of the Ann Carlson Guild since 1945. The guild organizes an annual holiday shopping trip via motorcoach to Seattle and Bellevue. They also host the summer auction Soak up the Sun. The Vala Younquist Guild's fundraising efforts benefit uncompensated care.
We Believe Guild (2006)
The We Believe Guild holds an annual cocktail party with fun and festive themes such as Cha-Cha-Cha for Children's and Hawaii Five-O. Each party has music, dancing, a raise-the-paddle fundraiser and a small silent auction. In its five-year history, the 12-member We Believe Guild has raised more than $1 million for uncompensated care and is one of the top 10 fundraising guilds.
Whitestone Orthopedic Guild (1955)
The Whitestone Orthopedic guild was established in 1955 in the small town of Loomis, Washington. The guild is made up of a group of women who have done various activities over the years to raise funds for Seattle Children’s – including raffling off a donkey! Trauma dolls are also sewn and given to the hospital for the children. Several of the founding members are still participating in the group today!