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Guild Spotlight Triptych

“We are so proud of all of our guilds and are in awe of their efforts in this record-breaking year! Together we helped raise $13 million to provide world-class healthcare and advance cures for the kids of this region – and the world.”

– Aileen Kelly, Executive Director, Guild Association

Mitochondrial Research Guild Makes Mighty Contribution

Mitochondrial Research Guild Spotlight With the theme “Mito and Me: Small But Mighty!,” featuring the stories of Seattle Children’s mito patients, the Mitochondrial Research Guild presented its 13th annual Cure for Mito Auction and Dinner at Willows Lodge in Woodinville on Sept. 26. More than 150 supporters helped raise over $270,000 for mitochondrial research as they enjoyed a reception featuring silent and live auctions, games and a four-course dinner by chef Bobby Moore accompanied by JM Cellars wines. Guild members were honored to welcome the guest speakers: Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, and mito superheroes Drs. Russ Saneto and Phil Morgan.

Run of Hope Seattle Races to Raise $490,000

Run of Hope Seattle The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle co-produced Run of Hope Seattle on Sept. 27 at Seward Park. More than 1,900 participants crossed the finish line in this outstanding annual race in support of pediatric brain tumor research; the event has raised more than $2 million over the past seven years.

A Rockin’ SMooCH for Seattle Children’s

Rockin’ SMooCH for Seattle Children’s For the past four years, the Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital (SMooCH) Guild has brought together local musicians to “rock the Showbox” in support of uncompensated care at Children’s. On Dec. 5, the audience cheered on a stellar lineup of favorite Northwest bands, including headliners the Afghan Whigs, Sir-Mix-a-Lot, Mary Lambert, and Grace Love and the True Loves. The event has nearly doubled its earnings each year, with the 2015 show raising nearly $3 million from ticket sales, silent auction sales and direct donations. New this year: VIP ticket holders enjoyed unique food and wine experiences with local celebrity chefs.

LUMA Guild Shines Bright

LUMA Guild Shines Bright On Sept. 9, the LUMA Guild’s (formerly the Symphony Guild) founder and president, Mateo Messina, hosted the Discussing the Cure dinner at a private residence in Bellevue. Messina prepared a gourmet meal for 25 guests, who learned about new developments in cancer research. The guild also hosted Rocktober Fest on Oct. 3 at the Georgetown Brewery in Seattle.

On Nov. 6, the guild ignited Benaroya Hall with its signature annual music event – this year, the premiere of “Firelight.” Written by Grammy-winning composer Messina, this is the 18th concert in a series of original works. Sela Tuiono, a Children’s patient and artist, performed an original song she wrote with Messina. Combined, the three events generated $330,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

Frances W. Nordstrom Guild Celebrates 30 Years

Frances W. Nordstrom Guild The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild celebrated 30 years of inspiration and giving at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on Nov. 13. More than 240 guests attended the event, themed “Back to the Future,” and enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing.

The guild honored charter guild members and Debra Holland, guild founder and founding president, who reflected on the guild’s contributions over the years. Dr. Ruth A. MacDonald, an attending physician and medical director of solid organ transplantation at Seattle Children’s, introduced patient Christal Hays, who spoke of her family’s journey and hospital experiences throughout her treatment for a rare genetic kidney disease. Supporters raised $163,000 for uncompensated care through sponsorships, a raffle, a mini live auction and a paddle raise.

Round of Applause

  • Adaline Coffman Guild The Adaline Coffman Guild celebrated its 75th anniversary in style at a Casablanca-themed gala held at the Historic Washington Hotel in Chehalis on Dec. 4. More than 100 members and friends dressed in 1940s-era evening wear for the memorable occasion, and helped raise $27,000 for uncompensated care. The film, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, played on a big screen as guests celebrated into the night.

  • Catalina’s Hope Guild More than 175 guests gathered at the Seattle Yacht Club for the 11th annual Hope Uncorked Auction and Wine Pairing, presented by Catalina’s Hope Guild on Oct. 24. 106.1 KISS FM Radio hosts Bender and Molly emceed the evening, helping the guild raise more than $150,000 for uncompensated care. An additional paddle raise will contribute more than $40,000 to cancer research. The Nettleton family shared the story of their son Mason’s battle with kidney cancer. Mason, a Seattle Children’s patient who attended the event with his family, was thrilled when another guest gave him an autographed Russell Wilson jersey won in the auction that evening. At left, Mason Nettleton and his sister, Bailey, with event emcees Bender and Molly from 106.1 KISS FM Radio.

  • Clare Beckett On Sept. 22, the Clare Beckett Guild hosted its popular Ladies (and Gentlemen!) Who Lunch Luncheon at the Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah. More than 80 attendees enjoyed a steak meal, good conversation and supporting the hospital by buying raffle tickets for gift baskets. Their contributions brought in a total of $13,000 for uncompensated care and research at Seattle Children’s.

  • Touchdown for Tots The Daughters Guild hosted its ninth annual Touchdown for Tots at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle on Oct. 10, with guests sporting their favorite team colors. The group held a silent auction featuring themed baskets, adventures and sports paraphernalia, and hosted a wine grab, photo booth and football toss. Guests enjoyed fare from Stan’s Bar-B-Q, of Issaquah as they connected with friends and helped the guild raise $30,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care.

  • Des Moines Auxiliary On Oct. 15, the Des Moines Auxiliary hosted its annual luncheon fundraiser at the Des Moines United Methodist Church in Des Moines. The annual holiday bazaar – featuring handcrafted items, desserts, a raffle and photos with Santa – was held Nov. 20 and 21 at the church. The two events raised a total of $7,600 for uncompensated care.

  • Dr. Forrest L. Flashman and Seattle Children’s Autism Guilds A holiday tradition for many is attending two joyful events presented by Dr. Forrest L. Flashman and the Autism Center Guild: the Partnership for a Spectrum of Care Dinner and Auction at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, held this year on Nov. 21, and the Festival of Trees Celebration, held on Nov. 22 – a chance for hundreds of community members to visit with Santa, taste holiday treats and witness the Grand Tree lighting in the hotel lobby. Together, the guilds raised a total of $470,000 for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care. At left, Seattle Children’s patient Lexi Melton kicked off the celebration by lighting the lobby tree with Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle General Manager Markus Treppenhauer.

  • Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild Oenophiles delighted in Silver Fantasy: A Winemaker’s Dinner, hosted by the Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild at Kiona Vineyards and Winery in Benton City, Wash. More than 60 supporters attended the Dec. 5 event to enjoy a gourmet meal paired with Kiona wines, raising more than $14,000 for uncompensated care. A string quartet serenaded guests as they bid in an auction of Christmas wreathes and trees, including a featured silver-and-crystal tree.

  • Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild hosted Grillin’ for Stamm Camp on Sept. 19 – a tailgate party preceding the University of Washington vs. Utah State football game. Before entering the stadium to cheer on their team, fans gathered in the university’s Montlake Parking Lot to enjoy brats, veggie dogs and soft drinks. On Oct. 25, the guild hosted the Stamm Good Wine Fest, including fabulous wine, appetizers and a raffle at the Northwest Cellars tasting room. These events combined raised more than $6,000 to support Seattle Children’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for children with serious illnesses.

  • Frances W. Nordstrom Guild The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild showed that philanthropy can be fashionable at the Front Row Fashion Show, designed and presented by Vogue, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Sept. 26. The event brought fall trends straight from the pages of Vogue to Bellevue’s Fashion Week, offering insights into how to wear new fall fashions. Ticket sales raised more than $57,000 to help defer the cost of clinical trials for patients’ families.

  • For 10 years, the Friends for Life Guild has sold striking hand-blown glass ornaments and votive candleholders crafted by The Art by Fire Gallery and Glass School in Issaquah. The 2015 designs were inspired by Victor, who passed away after battling a rare brain tumor, and all sales benefit cancer research being conducted at Seattle Children’s.

  • On Nov. 7, the George Welch Guild held a luncheon fundraiser at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Townsend. Guild members and supporters raised more than $4,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Grayland Guild .More than 1,500 treasure hunters headed to the coast for the weekend of Sept. 18 to 20 for Grayland’s annual “30 Miles of Junque” sale. The Grayland Guild set up shop at the Willapa Grange Hall, one of more than 70 sale locations along the route, and hosted its most successful sale to date – contributing more than $2,700 to Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Guild members sold donated secondhand items, desserts and beverages, and enjoyed hearing Seattle Children’s patients’ family stories.

  • Heart of Cooper Joe Guild The Heart of Cooper Joe Guild hosted a fundraiser Nov. 7 at Cooper’s Alehouse in Seattle. More than 30 close friends and family came out to celebrate Cooper Joe’s life and to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Guests helped raise nearly $5,000.

  • Island Friends Junior Guild of Mercer Island Congratulations to the Island Friends Junior Guild of Mercer Island for its successful first fundraising event – which raised $4,000 for Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit. Guild members organized and hosted a Back 2 School Social and Fundraiser for all Mercer Island middle-school students, held Aug. 27. More than 150 teens attended to dance, reconnect and have fun while supporting the hospital.

  • Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild The Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild launched the season with its Taste of the Holidays dinner, games and raffle, held at the Country Gentleman Restaurant in Kennewick on Nov. 9. Guests helped raise $31,000 for uncompensated care. More than 150 supporters contributed by playing games and bidding in an auction for spa packages, cooking classes and kitchen appliances during the evening’s festivities.

  • On Sept. 26, members and friends of the Juleesa’s Smiles Guild gathered for the annual Walk for Smiles 5K in memory of Juleesa Johnson, who fought a courageous battle against cancer. All proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. More than 100 walkers met at the Cedar River Trail Park in Renton and helped the guild raise $3,400.

  • Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild The Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild teamed with the Kathi Goertzen Foundation for the third year to present their Light Up the Night event. Guests gathered at Fred Hutch in Seattle on Oct. 10 and enjoyed a variety of science games, live music and a mini live auction. Supporters raised more than $90,000 to support Dr. Jim Olson’s brain tumor research. Pictured at left with Dr. Olson are (from left) guild members Jim Jaquish, Leslie Groberman and Jana Lindeman.

  • Kare4Kids Guild The Kare4Kids Guild 2.5/5K Run raised more than $12,000 for Seattle Children’s Department of Neurology. Ready to run at Commons Park at Redmond Ridge in Redmond on Aug. 27, 75 participants completed the route. Attendees bid on silent auction items and heard from Guild President Suhail Singh, who gave a brief update on the Department of Neurology.

  • KC Howard Guild The KC Howard Guild welcomed more than 200 guests to the Sunset Club in Seattle for its 21st annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 7. Guild members and friends raised nearly $150,000 for uncompensated care and cancer research through a paddle raise and live and silent auctions.

  • Kent Guild Flocks of shoppers attended the Kent Guild’s annual Artisans’ Festival on Nov. 2 and 3 at Meridian Valley Country Clubhouse in Kent. A variety of vendors sold unique holiday gifts, home decorations, delightful treasures and tasty holiday goodies. The weekend’s proceeds benefited uncompensated care.

  • Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted a well-attended Outdoor Movie Night and Raffle at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline on Sept. 12. More than 200 movie lovers enjoyed a screening of “Big Hero 6,” popcorn, pizza and soft drinks – and helped bring in $19,000 for uncompensated care. The guest speaker, Nate Jasper, spoke about his experiences as a patient at Seattle Children’s.

  • Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild Nearly 300 guests enjoyed conversation, shopping and snacks at the Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild’s annual Holiday Shoppe held Nov. 10 in Magnolia. A group of 30 vendors displayed a variety of handcrafted gifts including clothing, jewelry, pottery, yard art and note cards. A raffle and a silent auction helped raise a total of $13,000 to benefit uncompensated care. At left, Linda Dagg (left), raffle chair, and Jill McCaffrey draw the names of raffle winners.

  • Marion Finley Guild The Marion Finley Guild, composed of Seattle Children’s employees, hosted holiday auctions at two Seattle Children’s locations in December. Guild members donated home-baked goods, gift packages and holiday décor. Through auctions, a wine pull and a raffle, they raised more than $11,000 to benefit uncompensated care and research. At left are guild members Pru Arnquist and Ann Marie Davis at the hospital’s Roosevelt Commons offices in Seattle.

  • Mercer Island Guild This is year 72 for the Mercer Island Guild’s phone directory fundraiser, in its long-established tradition of supporting Seattle Children’s. Each year, the guild sells advertising and collects donations for the handy directory, which is then distributed across the island. The 2015 directory raised an impressive $120,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Milo Gray Guild The Milo Gray Guild went “tubular” on Sept. 18 at its “I Love the ’80s: Totally Awesome” party to benefit Seattle Children’s. More than 100 partygoers hit the dance floor at the Lake Forest Park event, dressed as their favorite ’80s performers, so Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Boy George and Adam Ant were all on the scene. Tickets and a lip-synching contest helped raise $20,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Miracle House Guild Miracle House Guild members and friends raised $116,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care on October 24 at the 15th Annual “Where Miracles Take Flight” Auction at Palace Ballroom in Seattle. They enjoyed wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on silent and live auction items.

  • Mt. Si Med Squad Guild The Mt. Si Med Squad Guild, Seattle Children’s only mother/son guild and a junior guild for teenage boys, raised $2,400 – more than double its annual fundraising goal – in its first event, a garage sale held Sept. 18 and 19 in Snoqualmie. In addition to gently used treasures, sale-goers purchased desserts and drinks and entered a raffle for a handmade quilt. The guild directed the proceeds to Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program.

  • Pat Harris Trilogy Guild Kicking off autumn in style, the Pat Harris Trilogy Guild hosted an Oktoberfest fundraiser at the Cascade Club east of Redmond on Oct. 3. Guests enjoyed a catered Bavarian feast, Bavarian music and a professional dance show, then got out on the floor for polka dancing and group instruction on how to do the famous chicken dance. Through ticket sales and a raffle, the event raised more than $2,800 for Children’s uncompensated care and research. At left, guild member Joni Pritchard and her husband, John, posed in the event photo booth.

  • Pearly Whites Junior Guild Car fans turned out in droves for the Pearly Whites Junior Guild’s annual Farmer Consumer Awareness car show in Quincy, Wash., on Sept. 12. This year, 120 specialty-car aficionados from as far away as the Tri-Cities and Cheney arrived to help the guild raise more than $13,000 for Seattle Children’s Dental Medicine. Drivers competed in 11 different classes, including divisions by decade, and in a “Rat Rod” contest. The guild thanks members of the Waterville Rollers and Wenatchee Valley Cruisers car clubs for trophies and support. In November, Yahoo! Data Center in Quincy, Washington, again sponsored Pearly Whites Junior Guild’s Mustaches for Kids event. Participants sacrificed clean-shaven faces, legs and underarms to raise funds to support the hospital. For 30 days, the men and women of Yahoo!, Securitas and Turner Construction fought off the urge to shave and helped raise $3,400 for dental medicine. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, 80 “trotters” helped raise more than $2,000 and gathered a large collection of toys for Seattle Children’s Autism Center at the guild’s ninth annual Turkey Trot fun run in Quincy.

  • Pigs Can Fly Junior Guild On Sept. 13, the Pigs Can Fly Junior Guild held a private family event, where 60 guests raised more than $3,000 for uncompensated care. Dawn Dort and her daughter, guild member Morgan Lurie, welcomed supporters to the fundraiser.

  • Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild On Sept. 12, the Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild held its ninth annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett. The friendly event was followed by an evening barbecue, and supporters raised a total of $72,000 for the research into new treatments for pediatric brain cancer being conducted by Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson and his team.

  • Sammi’s Circle Guild Members and friends of Sammi’s Circle Guild jumped into their cowboy/cowgirl best for a boot-stompin’ good time at Sammi’s Rockin Barn Burner, held Oct. 10 at the Maltby Community Center in the Maltby area of Snohomish County. The guild’s country barn dance featured a performance by the West Coast Country Heat dancers and line-dance lessons as well, so no one was sitting on the sidelines. Everyone enjoyed dinner and silent and live auctions – and helped raise $5,600 for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

  • Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild High rollers gathered at Bookwalter Winery in Richland on Sept. 12 for the Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild’s “First of Fall” fundraiser, “Vegas Baby: Let It Roll for Children’s.” One hundred guild members and friends contributed more than $25,000 to Children’s uncompensated care while enjoying party games, a raffle, live and silent auctions, and dancing to music by the band Bent on Blues.

  • The Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild The Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild’s Grand Clam Golf Classic drew 175 players and spectators to the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo on Sept. 9. The golfers raised $50,000 to benefit Seattle Children’s Heart Center.

  • The SeaTac Guild held a “non-event” in August and raised nearly $5,000 in guild members’ generous responses to a friendly solicitation letter. The guild directed half of the funds received to research and half to uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

  • Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild’s first ever Color Me a Miracle 5K run/walk was held Nov. 8 on the university campus. Seattle University and Seattle Children’s share blue and orange as their “home team” colors. At the start of the race, “miracle families” – Seattle Children’s patients’ families – painted participants’ shirts with blue, then added a dash of orange as they crossed the finish line. The event brought in more than $1,600 to benefit uncompensated care and the Strong Against Cancer initiative. At left, guild member Jonathon Miranda looks on as Seattle Children’s patient Jaden Burnett paints 5K runner Jaybee Ragudo’s sleeve.

  • Star Guild Star Guild members showed their Seattle Children’s and Seattle Seahawks pride during the annual blanket-making event held Nov. 22 at the hospital’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center. These junior guild members, middle-school and high-school students, completed 32 cozy and cheery fleece-tie blankets for patients. Junior Guild President Abby Tumbleson organized the event and collected items from members for teen patients. Over the holidays, members raised money for uncompensated care by wrapping gifts, and they also collected items for Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques.

  • Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild More than 600 costumed revelers gathered Oct. 24 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle for Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild’s Monster Bash. The 7th annual Halloween celebration offered activities for guests of all ages, including pony rides, pumpkin decorating, dancing, a photo booth and a haunted house. A local band made up of musically inclined school teachers, Recess Monkey, got the crowd singing along to family-friendly favorites. Attendees signed giant cards for Seattle Children’s patients who would spend Halloween in the hospital. New this year, sponsored by Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic: University of Washington dental students provided Tricks-and-Treats-to-Protect-Your-Teeth goodie bags and tips on tooth-friendly Halloween treats. The guild raised more than $15,000 for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Guild members, pictured above, are grateful for the support of longtime sponsors including St. Stephen’s Church, Craven Farm, Puget Sound DJ, MKippen Photography, Balloon Designers, Party Ponies, Inc., and Trophy Cupcakes and Party. They are also thankful to the many dedicated volunteers from Psi Upsilon Fraternity and Holy Names Academy.

  • Trey Green Guild The Trey Green Guild celebrated its 10th anniversary by reaching its goal of raising $100,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. A crowd of 116 golfers played on 39 teams during the guild’s annual golf tournament on Sept. 18, and more than 250 supporters attended its Wine Gala and Auction on Sept. 19; both events were held at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim. Seattle Children’s patient Bailey Bryan wrote and sang an original song, and she has since headed to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her music career. This year, the guild added a Golf Ball Drop fundraiser. Participants paid $10 for each ball dropped from a Clallam County Fire District 3 fire truck. The balls that landed closest to the target won cash prizes. The guild sold 731 balls!

  • We Believe Guild On Oct. 23 the We Believe Guild hosted its Brew Ha-Ha for Children’s at the Bellevue Club – raising $172,000 for uncompensated care. Supporters celebrated in Oktoberfest pub-wear to toast the season together. Spokesperson Kat Tiscornia shared her ongoing experience as a patient being treated at Seattle Children’s for Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

A Special Shout-Out to Our Top 25

The Guild Association trustees are proud to announce the top 25 fundraising guilds of 2015 (listed below, in order of total funds raised). We are so appreciative of these powerhouse guilds, which together brought in $11 million – 86% of the total funds raised at all guild events!

Nominate Your Standouts: Anna Clise and Chairman's Awards

At the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon, our board of trustees recognizes one exceptional guild member and one outstanding guild whose dedication and commitment go above and beyond. See the forms below for nomination criteria or email Melissa Cardenas or call her at 206-987-6806 to have forms mailed to you. Please submit nominations by March 15, 2016.