“I am so thankful for the steadfast support of our guests and sponsors. We are excited to see how our contribution will help achieve Seattle Children’s goals to improve the health of children in our region and beyond!”
Friends of Costco Guild’s Annual Children’s Golf Classic – A Perfect Swing for Seattle Children’s
Clear skies beckoned throngs of supporters to the Friends of Costco Guild’s traditional August weekend of fundraising entertainment. And the results were astounding: The 18th annual Children’s Golf Classic raised more than $9 million for uncompensated care!
Major sponsors attended a private VIP reception at the Seattle Art Museum on Aug. 19, followed by a dinner and concert at Safeco Field the next day. More than 1,500 generous hospital fans gathered to dine and hear featured speakers including NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens and Seattle Children’s patient mom Andie Johnson. The evening ended with a lively boot-stomping concert featuring award-winning country music star Luke Bryan.
The golf tournament opened early Aug. 21 with a remarkable show of support around Puget Sound, as 1,200 golfers teed off at nine area golf courses.
Guild members are especially grateful to these Classic Circle of Care sponsors: Costco Wholesale, agron/Adidas, Allied Marketing, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Cargill, Citi, Earth Friendly Products, General Mills, Henkel, Jasco Products Company, JBS/Pilgrim’s, Mastronardi Produce/Sunset, Niagara Bottling, Nice-Pak, Tarantino Wholesale Foods, Trident Seafoods, United Legwear & Apparel Co. and the Sinegal Family Foundation.
Reaching for the Moon
All bets were on at Project Grace Guild’s ninth annual dinner and auction held May 19 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club in Snoqualmie. Members and supporters helped the guild surpass its fundraising “personal best” to raise $195,000 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’sBen Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and uncompensated care.
At the event, titled Shoot the Moon, guests competed for hot auction items including a football signed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Las Vegas. Seattle Children’s Heart Center transplant patient Bella Anderson shared the story of her illness and recovery, which included a surprise prom held on the hospital’s rooftop garden, followed the next day by a bigger surprise – the news that she would finally be getting a new heart.
Art With Heart
It was also a memorable record-breaking fundraising year for the Preston Kuppe Guild, which hosted its 11th annual Art à la Carte Auction and Luncheon May 5 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. More than 200 guild members and art lovers raised $140,000 for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). The guild is proud to take on this new fundraising focus and support this long-time Seattle Children’s primary care clinic. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed silent and live auctions featuring the work of Northwest artists. Speaker Mark Fadool, clinical director of mental health services at OBCC, shared his vision about how to build on the clinic’s successful community-based healthcare efforts.
Gifts With a Personal Touch
One thing that makes the Guild Association unique is the variety of ways our members support Seattle Children’s. The guilds often brighten patients’ days in the hospital with “heartwarming” gifts such as handcrafted items, toys and books. Thanks to the guilds listed below for bringing smiles to kids all year long!
Ahmie's Hope Guild
Ahmie’s Hope Guild delighted Seattle Children’s patients with several surprise toy deliveries throughout the year.
Dr. Carl S. Leede Guild of Edmonds
For the past five years, members of the Dr. Carl S. Leede Guild of Edmonds have crafted by hand valentines to brighten gray February days for patients.
Dr. Tom Dooley Guild of Olympia
In March, the Dr. Tom Dooley Guild of Olympia created unique coloring books for hospital patients. The guild taps the talent of member Carol Hannum, an artist who brings the pages to life, and each animal illustration is accompanied by a custom rhyme. After the artwork is complete, guild members gather to fold and stitch together 100 of the books, which are then packaged with crayons and delivered to patients.
Katie’s Comforters Guild members bring a little piece of home to hospital patients in the form of handcrafted blankets – last year they delivered nearly 400. The guild brings new knitted, crocheted, fleece and flannel blankets and quilts to Seattle Children’s, and their heartwarming support is backed by a caring community. Karen Gerstenberger founded the guild in honor of her daughter Katie, who died from a rare cancer in 2007 at age 12.
Gerstenberger’s brother-in-law, Stu Cordova, owns Auto Connections of Bellevue and designated the guild as a beneficiary of the company’s charitable giving program. Those who purchase vehicles through the used-car company get to direct a portion of the sale to one of three local charities. Last year the guild received $2,500 through this program, which members used to purchase blanket-making supplies. The guild is deeply grateful for this ongoing support.
“I didn’t ask for this. This came from his heart,” Gerstenberger says. “Stu could have picked any charity, and there are lots of charities out there. He could have chosen something that might have brought his company more recognition, as we’re a small guild. It means a great deal to us, and it’s such a loving way for him to honor Katie’s memory.”
What is your favorite guild activity?
Bloom for Children's Guild
“Bloom for Children’s Guild is a community of passionate gardeners dedicated to nurturing Seattle Children’s grounds as healing spaces and a sanctuary for patients, families and staff. My favorite guild activities provide members the opportunity to ‘roll up their sleeves’ alongside the hospital’s talented grounds crew to propagate plants, tend the organic vegetable garden, or create holiday wreaths from greens foraged on campus. Belonging to the guild has become deeply personal for me since my sister passed away a few years ago. She was a guild member also, and my inspiration for understanding the deep therapeutic power of plants and nature.”
– Sue Cowan, member, Bloom for Children’s Guild
What is an unexpected benefit of being part of a Seattle Children’s guild?
Beards for Bros
“In the spirit of brotherhood at O’Dea High School, we host an annual fundraiser called Beards for Bros to support Seattle Children’s fight against childhood cancer. For $100, a student can choose to grow facial hair rather than meet the ‘clean-shaven’ requirement of our school. Each participant receives a Beards for Bros Pass, allowing them to sport facial hair for the month of March. We have finally found a legal way to break an O’Dea Student Handbook rule, and for an amazing cause!”
– Andrew Walker, president, O’Dea Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer Guild