Celebrating One Big Family

Spring Triptych  

“On behalf of the Guild Association staff, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your hard work in hosting tremendous events – big and small – to support many areas of Seattle Children’s, especially uncompensated care and research. In these pages, it’s clear to see the dedication you show through the gift of your valuable time. We can’t thank you enough for putting your passion to work for Seattle Children’s!”

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

Guild Annual Meeting Highlights

Guild Lunch Spring A crowd of 550 enthusiastic guild members and hospital supporters gathered in the Seattle Westin Hotel Ballroom on May 12 to celebrate their contributions to Seattle Children’s and each other. The event theme, “We are family,” rang true as new and old friends swapped stories and made plans for the future. Here are a few highlights:

  • Dottie Greenwood received the Anna Clise Award in recognition of her decades of support of the hospital, which included the creative masterminding of tree decor for the Forrest L. Flashman Guild’s Festival of Trees.
  • Members of the Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild of the Tri-Cities accepted the Chairman’s Award for their extraordinary dedication to Seattle Children’s.
  • Marva Harris shared about the importance of “one-stop-shop” services provided by the attentive staff at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic for her grandsons, Jonah and Jeremiah. The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Ben Danielson, spoke about Odessa Brown’s focus on community health, and the upcoming expansion that includes a move to a new site that will allow the clinic to serve more children.
  • In the busy guild project room prior to the luncheon, Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild members sold pearl bracelets with a Seattle Children’s pendant. More than 30 guilds shared their stories and sold items to support hospital programs.

Dancers Swing Far Beyond Their Goal

Dance Marathon The Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild has once again twisted, shimmied and jived past its goal, going on to raise more than $148,000 for uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer. An enthusiastic crowd of 350 dancers boogied for more than 16 hours on February 18 in solidarity with Seattle Children’s patients. This year’s marathon was birthday-themed, to celebrate the guild’s 10th anniversary and Seattle University’s 125th. While the dancing continued, 10 current and former Seattle Children’s patients shared their stories with supporters. A silent auction featured an autographed Russell Wilson jersey and a Seattle Sounders soccer ball signed by defender Brad Evans.

A Heartwarming Party

We Believe Guild The We Believe Guild raised more than $233,000 for uncompensated care and cardiology research during its annual dinner party and auction. This year’s memorable event, themed Party Hearty for Children’s, was held February 11 at the Hyatt Bellevue, where enthusiastic supporters enjoyed excellent food, a live auction and dancing. Guest speakers included Seattle Children’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Sperring and Bella Anderson, an 18-year-old heart-transplant patient. She 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 – that she would finally be getting a new heart.

Pearly Whites Junior Guild

What is an unexpected benefit or the most rewarding part of being in a Seattle Children’s guild?

Pearly Whites Spring “Our guild came to be because I was diagnosed with a couple of genetic disorders when I was only 8½. For my family, my mom says it gave us something to focus on other than the medical diagnosis, and then the guild eventually just became a part of who we all are. Our community rallied behind us with so much support, and my friends and their families jumped right in joining the guild, working alongside us. As our guild grew and the support grew, we came to realize just how many kids in our community alone were being helped at Seattle Children’s. Originally, we wanted to raise $13,000 by the time I graduated from high school. Well, I graduate this June along with three other guild members – Anyssa Ayala, Chloë Ovenell and Loran Goninan – and we have raised just over $100,000 and a ton of awareness! That’s pretty cool for our little town.”

– Kendall Horning, outgoing president of the Pearly Whites Junior Guild, based in Quincy. Heading to college this fall, she recently passed the guild leadership baton to her younger sister, Piper.

Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild

What is the best thing about your event?

Erik and Finn “The beauty of Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild is that we don’t have one event, we have hundreds of supporters riding in many events, raising money through individual fundraising pages under our umbrella. Any event can be ‘our’ event, and we support our riders any way we can, whether it’s handing out hot chocolate at the end of the Chilly Hilly ride, or providing amazing support to our cyclists on the Seattle to Portland bike ride. Last year our support was so good that non–team members started giving donations just to get some of our catered food.”

– Erik Stuhaug, member, Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild

Round of Applause

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    The 3 Rivers Guild hosted its annual chili cook-off competition Feb. 4 at the Richland Community Center. The 100 guests enjoyed tasting the best chili in town, and helped raise nearly $3,000 for uncompensated care through a raffle and a Heads and Tails game. At left, volunteers and Miss Tri-Cities, Taylor Plunkett, prepare to sell beads for the Heads and Tails game.

  • Brighter Future After its launch in March, A Brighter Future Guild wasted no time in hosting its first fundraisers, held April 30 and May 6 at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market. Guild members sold hand-carved wands and accepted donations as they talked with market shoppers about the importance of Seattle Children’s uncompensated care program. They are thankful to the supportive Puyallup community, which helped them raise nearly $1,200. Pictured at left are founding junior members Ethan (left) and Matthew Barker.

  • Allen Miller Guild Spring On February 12, the Allen-Miller Guild hosted For the Love of Children’s, a fun-run and -walk event that raised more than $2,000 for uncompensated care. The Valentine’s Day–themed run was held in Port Orchard. At left, fun-run participant Evan Beaver.

  • Apple Valley Guild In March, the Apple Valley Guild presented Seattle Children’s Wenatchee Clinic with a useful infant measuring board. “We are thankful to the guild and their donations to our small clinic. We are able to provide so much more for a community we all love because of their generosity,” says Catherine Bahloul, clinical nurse manager. This year, the guild celebrates its 70th year of supporting Seattle Children’s. “It’s been a privilege to serve our clinic, which enables local families to get care here in Wenatchee instead of having to make the trip to Seattle,” says Charlotte Grundstrom, Apple Valley Guild president.

  • Buddy Andrews During its annual raffle, the Buddy Andrews Guild, based in Othello, raised $3,000 for uncompensated care. Prizes included a handmade quilt crafted by a guild member, Seattle Seahawks tickets and a popular children’s gift basket. Members sold tickets to friends through local businesses and at the town’s Holiday Bazaar, where they also sold handmade items and baked goods. Guild member Terry Rice says, “This is one of the most gratifying things I do with my retirement – working with this great bunch of ladies and helping kids. We may be a small group, but we work hard to support this great cause.” Holding raffle prizes are guild members Rosie Fuller (left), Carol Getz, and Wilma Tindell (seated).

  • Desert Sun Guild Spring The Desert Sun Guild Spring Gala and Auction was held at the Moore Mansion in Pasco on April 22. More than 140 attendees showed their support for the hospital by bidding on auction items, including a Caribbean cruise and a Columbia River boat trip, and raising the paddle for gifts totaling $71,000 to benefit uncompensated care. Guest speaker Dr. Kathleen Kieran, a Seattle Children’s urologist, shared stories from her practice.

  • Des Moines Spring More than 140 supporters attended the Des Moines Auxiliary luncheon and vintage bridal fashion show on April 22. Together they helped raise $9,000 for uncompensated care. The guest speakers were Seattle Children’s patient Kelty Pierce and her mother, Carina, both members of the Miracle House Guild. They talked about Kelty’s lifelong surgical and other treatments for congenital bilateral hip dysplasia, as well as for ulcerative colitis. Kelty feels so well loved at Seattle Children’s that she enthusiastically accepted a job at Starbucks on the seventh floor of the hospital’s main campus.

  • Stanley Stamm Spring The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild hosted its ninth annual spring luncheon and fashion show at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle on Jan. 29. While former and current camp attendees showed off the latest in spring fashions from Kohl’s on the runway, guests enjoyed wine, appetizers and a silent auction, raising more than $17,000 for the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for children with complex medical conditions.

  • Focus on Kids The Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild raised a record $66,000 at its event held April 1, in a personal best for its members. More than 160 guests gathered at the University of Washington Club in Seattle for refreshments and a silent auction, as researchers and physicians shared how precision medicine in genetics is saving lives. (Last year, the Guild Association gave a $980,000 Funding Hope Award to support this work.) The Gwilliam family shared the story of how their son, Atticus, was treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children’s. At left, from left, are family members Zoe Faultner, Tyler Kuniholm and Janice Swart with Dr. Mike Astion, medical director of Seattle Children’s Department of Laboratories, at the mic.

  • Friends Helping Friends Spring More than 100 supporters joined the Friends Helping Friends Guild on Feb. 11 for its Play for Children’s event at The Landing at Tyee on Lake Union in Seattle, raising more than $50,000 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed dinner and cocktails, a photo booth, games, portraits by a caricature artist, and silent and live auctions.

  • Jeannine Hedwall Guild Spring On April 29, the Jeannine Hedwall Guild hosted its Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Yakima Country Club. The show featured spring fashions by Gretchen, a local clothing boutique. Guild members and friends bid on items including a private dinner party, which sold for $1,000! The auction and a raffle – featuring a wide variety of themed baskets, including gardening, home decor and pampering – helped the guild raise $6,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Jean Thompson Spring The Jean Thompson Guild  hosted its 35th annual “Flappers and Fellas” auction on April 29 at the Saint Joseph Center in Mount Vernon, where members raised $107,000 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Supporters helped raise funds by bidding on auction items, purchasing raffle tickets and “jailing” friends, who were required to pay $10 to be set free. At left (from left) are guild members Sandra Nootenboom, Krissa Maxwell (auction co-chair), Kati Rodin, Amber Lewis (auction co-chair) and LeAnn Woodmansee.

  • Kent Guild Spring On April 20, the Kent Guild celebrated the season with its annual Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, held at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. More than 200 guests were inspired by the latest spring fashions, presented by Chico’s, as they helped raise more than $18,500 for uncompensated care. Bri Nettleton, whose son Mason was treated for kidney cancer at Seattle Children’s, shared her family’s story.

  • Lloyd Nordstrom Guild Spring Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild members celebrated Valentine’s Day early at the Sweethearts and Suds event they hosted Feb. 9 at Hale’s Ales in Seattle. A group of 60 guests enjoyed a small silent auction with food complemented by the brewery’s handcrafted beers. The event raised nearly $6,000 for uncompensated care. At left, Judy Maleng (left) and Laurie Boyd Carlson display a raffle item.

  • Luma Guild Spring The LUMA Guild hosted a dinner party in support of Seattle Children’s research at a private home on Mercer Island in March. Guild president Mateo Messina prepared the gourmet meal, and Dr. Surojit Sarkar provided insights into how he and other scientists at Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research are finding successful therapies for some types of cancer, and a preview of possibilities for cures in the future. With matching funds from the Jack R. MacDonald Charitable Trust, 20 generous guests contributed $26,000 to cancer research.

  • Mona Westover Guild Spring The Mona Westover Guild celebrated its 90th year of support for Seattle Children’s at a luncheon with other area guilds at the Olympia Country and Golf Club on April 28. Guild members are proud to have raised $300,000 over their decades of involvement. Currently the oldest active guild in Thurston County, the guild was founded in 1927 as the Butler Cove Guild. In 1952, guild members changed the name to honor Mona Westover, a founding member who remained active in the guild until her death in 1970. To celebrate their milestone, guild members wore 1927-inspired hats, created table decorations for the luncheon and enjoyed a birthday cake. Recent guild projects include the packaging, sale and delivery of spring bulbs; holiday gift wrapping; and providing stickers for Seattle Children’s Olympia Clinic patients.

  • ODea Fighting Irish Spring In March, the O’Dea Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer Junior Guild held its Beards for Bros fundraiser, where O’Dea students are permitted to grow beards for one month, only if they raise $100 or more to benefit Seattle Children’s. Fathers, school alumni and other supporters joined in the fun. Guild members also raised money through the sale of T-shirts and other swag. To the crowd at a schoolwide assembly in April, they announced a fundraising total of more than $10,000 that will go to Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. At left (from left) are guild members Zach Gerhard, Jack Ipsen, Dominique Gates, Jason Wong and Adam Kures.

  • Pat Harris Trilogy Last December, guild members and friends got into the holiday spirit at the Pat Harris Trilogy Guild’s signature event – the Ho-Ho Brunch, held at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge. Guests, including members’ children and grandchildren, enjoyed a delicious brunch, sang Christmas carols, watched Roger the Elf’s magic tricks and had pictures taken with Santa. The guild raised nearly $2,000 for uncompensated care. Each child also received a gift from Santa. At left, Marie Heilborn (left) and Erlene Courtney, Pat Harris Trilogy Guild co-chairs, with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • Project Grace Spring The Project Grace Guild hosted a Dine In at Duke’s Night Feb. 9 and raised nearly $3,000 for uncompensated care through the Seattle restaurant’s gift of 20% of its sales that evening. At left, from left, are members and friends Justin Stiles, Aaron Revoir, Ashley Stiles, Kristen Schumacher and Kelly Morgan.

  • Silverdale Guild Spring More than 100 supporters turned out for Your Journey Begins Here, the 2017 edition of the Silverdale Guild’s annual luncheon and auction, at Kitsap Golf & Country Club in Bremerton on April 22. Attendees helped raise more than $16,000 through the sale of auction items that included a Russell Wilson jersey, a wine tasting in Woodinville and Seattle Sounders tickets. The Puget Sounders Choir entertained the crowd, and the fundraising total received a boost from a successful dessert frenzy.

  • Tailgaters Spring Members of the Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild and Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild, along with Seattle Children’s Autism Center staff, braved the cold to support the 33rd annual F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash held March 12 at Seattle Center. It was a blur of green as thousands of runners of all ages dashed to cross the finish line to raise funds for the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities. A portion of the proceeds from the popular 5K run have gone to Seattle Children’s Autism Center for the past seven years. Pictured at left are center staff members who volunteered at the event: (from left) Erin Easley, Kylie Keller, David Eaton, Nicole Lustig and Minah Kim.