Guilds Pay Tribute to Seattle Children’s With Loads of Good Cheer

Guild Spotlight Spring 2018

“I say yes because I whole-heartedly believe in Seattle Children’s mission. I am grateful our guild can be part of life-changing cures and treatment, innovative care and financial support for families going through likely the most stressful time of their lives.”

– Lisa Weller, Preston Kuppe Guild

Guild Annual Meeting Highlights

A crowd of 500 filled The Westin Hotel ballroom with a resounding yes for Seattle Children’s during the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration on May 11. Here are a few highlights:

  • The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild members were excited to receive the Chairman’s Award, honored for their creative energy and long-term dedication to Seattle Children’s.
  • Dani Cole shared the story of her daughter Emmy’s amazing recovery story, and thanked guild members for the gifts to the Uncompensated Care Fund.
  • Emcee Molly Shen, KOMO 4 news anchor, interviewed Seattle Children’s panelists Mark Fadool, clinical director of mental health services at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic; Dr. Jeff Ojemann, division chief of Neurosurgery; and Dr. Nick Vitanza, neuro-oncologist.
  • Guild trustee Mebie Thompson of the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild presented Jane Humphries of the Friends of Costco Guild with the Anna Clise Award for her extraordinary service to Seattle Children’s, including helping her guild’s major summer event run like clockwork.

Racing for Seattle Children’s

Race Day We Believe GuildThe We Believe Guild raised more than $230,000 for uncompensated care during its annual dinner party and auction. “Talk Derby to Me,” a high-spirited Kentucky Derby–themed event, was held May 5 at the Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina. A crowd of supporters enjoyed dinner, a live auction and dancing. Among the guest speakers was Cass Huff – a Seattle Children’s patient ambassador and aspiring singer and songwriter who has undergone more than 40 surgeries at Seattle Children’s – who shared her story and a song.

Dancing Up a Storm of Support

Seattle Dance Marathon 2018Besting its prior year’s fundraising total, the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild raised more than $160,000 for uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer. A group of 500 registered dancers brought their best moves to the university’s ballroom on Feb. 24. Some current and former “miracle patients” – featured by the guild to show the personal impact of Seattle Children’s care – were there to share their stories, spin the prize wheel and take a turn on the dance floor. Silent auction favorites included an autographed Russell Wilson jersey and a trip to Mexico.

An Auction of Fine Art and Goodwill

Preston Kuppe Guild 2018On May 4, Preston Kuppe Guild members brought art lovers together for their 12th annual Art à la Carte Auction and Luncheon at The Golf Club at Newcastle. More than 200 guild members and friends raised $202,000 for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s only primary care clinic. Guests competed for their favorite paintings and sculptures during silent and live auctions featuring the work of celebrated Northwest artists. Special guest Antwanette Lyons, Odessa Brown’s community care coordinator, shared stories of children who have been helped by the clinic, which provides families one-stop care for every healthcare need – mental, dental, physical, nutritional and more.

Round of Applause

  • Aileen Kelly and Friends

    One of the most inspiring parts of my job is seeing your continual outpouring of generosity through gifts of time, donations and exceptional kindness. You make our Guild Association a truly one-of-a-kind organization.

    Thank you for rising to the occasion and helping make the Yes campaign launch a resounding success. We are so fortunate to count you as integral to the strength of our Seattle Children’s community.

    Happy summer!

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

    Above, Yvette Moy (left) and Asa Irwin, co-chairs of the first Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild fundraiser, joined Aileen Kelly at the successful event held in April.

  • 3 Rivers Guild 2018 Revelers enjoyed great food and fun Feb. 24 at the 3 Rivers Guild’s annual cook-off competition at the Sunset Gardens Event Center in Richland. More than 120 chili lovers voted for their favorites and competed in a Heads and Tails game, helping to raise $4,400 for uncompensated care. The crowd also enjoyed line-dancing and music from Juan Fonseca.

  • On Nov. 3 and 4, the Alan Richard Howard Guild hosted its 31st annual holiday craft market at the Kent Senior Activity Center in Kent. More than 2,000 people turned out to peruse and purchase a variety of handcrafted and artisan items. The guild set a holiday mood with music, a bake sale and a catered lunch. Members also sold items at holiday bazaars in Bothell and Des Moines, raising nearly $2,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Allen Miller Guild 2018

    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, Washington. At left, fun-run participant Evan Beaver.

  • Ann Wilson Guild On Feb. 8, the Ann Wilson Guild of Port Orchard held its 10th annual fundraiser, a production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Western Washington Center for the Arts. Guild members and supporters enjoyed the play, food, wine, a raffle and door prizes. The sold-out event raised $2,700 for uncompensated care.

  • Buddy Andrews Guild The Buddy Andrews Guild in Othello held a holiday raffle last November and December. In addition to ticket proceeds, guild members sold handmade craft items and holiday goodies, to raise funds for uncompesated care. Pictured from left, guild members Ninfa Hilmes and Tina Decker sell raffle tickets at a local hardware store.

  • Children's Global Health Guild On March 6, the new Children’s Global Health Guild presented its inaugural fundraising event, Above and Beyond, at Cantinetta, an Italian restaurant in Bellevue. Members raised nearly $50,000 for Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Kenya (PECC-Kenya), a global health collaboration led by a Seattle Children’s medical team. Guests enjoyed a live musical performance by Erin Austin of OK Sweetheart, a live auction with a paddle raise, and a presentation by featured speaker Dr. John McGuire, division chief, Pediatric Critical Care.

  • Des Moines Auxiliary Guild Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Des Moines Auxiliary held a Spring Luncheon and Vintage Fashion Show on April 19. More than 120 guests gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines and raised more than $45,000 for uncompensated care. Pictured from left are members Terria Perdue, Carol McKinlay and Janece Norrington.

  • The Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild co-hosted the Spring into Summer Run on April 28 at the Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland. Runners laced up for a one-mile or 5K run, followed by a barbecue, cornhole game toss and complimentary massages. More than 200 runners helped raise $18,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Focus on Kids 2018 The Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild gathered an enthusiastic crowd of lab employees, friends and family, who enjoyed each other’s company while raising more than $100,000 for Seattle Children’s laboratories. The guild’s annual Beakers and Bubbly event was held March 24 at the University of Washington Club in Seattle, where guests enjoyed drinks, appetizers and a silent auction. Pictured from left are guild members Monica Wellner and Cassandra Flynn.

  • Friends helping friends guild 2018 The Friends Helping Friends Guild hosted its 10th annual Play for Children’s event with a “Diamonds & Denim” theme on Feb. 10. More than 150 attendees raised more than $61,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild 2018 The Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild held Fiesta for Cures at The Stables in Georgetown on April 27. Friends gathered to toast Kathi on what would have been her 60th birthday, raising more than $90,000 for Strong Against Cancer. Kathi passed away in 2012 after a long battle with recurring brain tumors. Dan Lewis, Kathi’s longtime co-anchor at KOMO-TV, emceed the event and shared stories about his dear friend. Guests enjoyed tacos and other food-truck fare at the Mexican-themed party, where they purchased items in silent and live auctions, and raised the paddle.

  • Friends of Odessa Brown Children's Clinic 2018 The Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild held its first fundraiser on April 26. More than 100 guests attended a reception at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle where Dr. Ben Danielson and Arlesia Bailey shared the latest clinic news. Through a raise-the-paddle and matching funds they raised $122,000 for clinic research projects.

  • Hansje Brinker Guild 2018 On April 28, the Hansje Brinker Guild celebrated Dutch King’s Day by dressing in traditional orange to honor their Dutch heritage with games, food and music. They raised more than $10,000 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department, which provides positive hospital experiences for children and teens. Pictured from left are guild president Carola Dopps and Katja Bakker.

  • Jayme Oliver Guild Members of the Jayme Oliver Guild enjoyed a Ladies Night Out Bunco Party held April 28 at a member’s home in Mukilteo. The group raised $8,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Kent Guild 2018On April 19, the Kent Guild invited members and friends to celebrate the season and support Seattle Children’s during its annual Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, held at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. More than 200 guests enjoyed the latest fashions from Nordstrom, as they helped raise more than $44,000 for uncompensated care through a silent auction and raffle.

  • ODea Fighting Irish 2018In March, the O’Dea Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer Junior Guild hosted its annual Beards for Bros fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. In the spirit of fun, the school permitted students to grow beards if they raised money for the cause. The campaign culminated with a beard contest at a school assembly, where guild members announced they had raised $9,300.