A Summertime of Celebrations for Seattle Children’s

Fall 2016 Guild Spotlight Triptych

“Every year I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our guests and sponsors, who join together to help countless children and families in our community!”

— Jan Sinegal, founder, Friends of Costco Guild

Giving Big, On and Off the Course

A mid-August weekend was again the peak of summer fun for The Friends of Costco Guild and its generous community of Seattle Children’s supporters, as the guild’s 17th annual Children’s Golf Classic trio of events raised more than $8.3 million for uncompensated care.

To kick off the weekend, major sponsors attended a private VIP reception at Benaroya Hall on Aug. 13. At Safeco Field the next day, more than 1,200 guests gathered for a special dinner with featured speakers Seattle Children’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Sperring and Children’s patient and cancer research fundraising star Kat Tiscornia. The evening was capped off with a joyful open-air concert with singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, who wowed the crowd with number-one hits including “All Night Long” and “Say You, Say Me.”

The tournament opened early Aug. 15 as more than 1,200 golfers hit the links at eight Seattle-area courses. The guild shouts out a huge thank-you to Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco Wholesale, agron/adidas, Allied Marketing, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Cargill, Citi, Earth Friendly Products, General Mills, Huish Outdoors, Jasco Products Company, JBS USA, Mastronardi/Sunset, Niagara Bottling, Nice-Pak, Sun Products Corporation, Tarantino Wholesale Foods, Trident Seafoods and Sinegal Family Foundation.

Generating Hope

Project Grace Guild Summerlike weather on May 13 set the scene for Project Grace Guild’s 8th annual dinner and auction at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club in Snoqualmie. Themed “Spring for Hope,” the sold-out event raised $180,000 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner before diving into bidding for auction items that included a guitar signed by Pearl Jam members, a Russell Wilson jersey, a trip to Africa, a Torrey Pines golf getaway, tickets to the American Music Awards, and tickets to a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert. Lisa Skyland and Dave Melton shared the story of their daughter Lexi’s life-changing Seattle Children’s craniofacial procedure.

On the Right Course for Autism

Unspoken Angel Guild The Unspoken Angel Guild welcomed more than 170 Seattle Children’s supporters to its annual auction at Redmond’s Cascade Club on July 15 and to an invitational golf tournament at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Redmond on July 16. An enthusiastic crowd raised more than $270,000 to support Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center, which offers life skills classes for adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Auction items included travel packages, wines and sports memorabilia. Program manager Tammy Mitchel shared about how the center has grown, and then introduced students who talked of the positive impacts attending classes has had on their lives.

Road Warriors

SOVREN Guild The SOVREN (Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts) Race Club and the SOVREN Guild hosted two events this summer. On June 17, the guild presented the 7th annual Pacific Northwest Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park in Kent, raising $67,000. And July 1 through 3, the two groups produced the 28th annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Races, which brought enthusiastic crowds to Pacific Raceways in Kent. Fans cheered on their favorite vehicles and helped raise $430,000 for uncompensated care at Children’s.

New Hospital Donor Recognition Display

New Hospital Donor Recognition Display Seattle Children’s is truly grateful for the support and dedication of our generous community. You help make our mission possible. To honor this incredible support, Seattle Children’s recently unveiled a new donor recognition display. The piece pays tribute to guilds, individuals, families, foundations, companies and others who have contributed $100,000 or more to the hospital over their lifetime.

Visit the new display on the hospital’s level 3, River zone, across from River Starbucks and the Anna Clise Board Room. Each donor’s name appears on a river rock, and together, the names represent a flowing river.

“We like to think of donors as the bedrock of our community,” says Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director. “We are so thankful to the more than 1,500 committed donors listed, including almost 100 guilds, and these numbers continue to grow.”

Families, patients and the wider community are encouraged to experience the display throughout the year. New river rocks will be added each summer.

Gifts from the Heart

Tom Dooley Guild Tom Dooley Guild Des Moines Auxiliary members Des Moines Auxiliary members Garfield Guild Garfield Guild Not all important gifts are monetary in form. Many guilds make handcrafted items and gather in-kind product donations that make a huge difference to Seattle Children’s patients every day. We would like to thank these guilds for donating “heartwarming” gifts this quarter. The Tom Dooley Guild of Olympia celebrated its 50th anniversary in April, and to mark this milestone, guild members organized a special fundraising project: They constructed 95 coloring books, designed and illustrated by member Carol Hammun, and donated these along with 50 boxes of crayons and 50 cozy blankets to the hospital. In addition, members raised more than $6,000 in cash donations. Des Moines Auxiliary members collected books to donate to Seattle Children’s Federal Way Clinic and made blankets and baby hats for hospitalized patients. Karen Coulson, Ivy Chan and Jean Holman (below left, from left) of the Garfield Guild sold hand-sewn and knitted items including scarves, slippers and pillows at the Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutique in Olympia. They raised $500 for uncompensated care.

Round of Applause

  • Accelerate the Pace Guild In its first-ever fundraiser, the new Accelerate the Pace Guild raised an impressive $68,000 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. The guild hosted its Cheers to A Cure event, a Winemakers Dinner and Auction, at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville in August. Guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, and wine and food pairings catered by chef John Howie, of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar and John Howie Steak fame. At left, guild members Ayana Meissner (left) and Mandy Ward and with photographer Paul Dudley.

  • The University of Washington Quad was alive with laughter on May 21, as the Bubble Bash Guild’s spring celebration was in full swing. Alpha Delta Phi fraternity members make up this guild, which hosts an annual carnival featuring a bouncy house, four-square, croquet, face painting and a drawing. More than 150 attendees raised $3,000 to help patients attend Children’s Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp.

  • Color Me Happy Guild In August, the Color Me Happy Guild gathered more than 150 friends at The Links at Interbay in Seattle for a game of mini golf in support of Seattle Children’s Child Life Department. After friendly competition on the 18-hole course, they enjoyed drinks and light appetizers — all while helping to raise more than $7,000.

  • Communities for Caring Guild Runners got their “groovy” on for the Hippie Run hosted in June by the Communities for Caring Guild in Everett — many of the 135 participants wore psychedelic garb and flashed peace signs as they crossed the 5K finish line. They also raised more than $2,500 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. With the good vibes, good music and good food, runners of all ages enjoyed the event.

  • Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild team members pedaled hard to a strong finish in the annual Group Health Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic, held July 16 and 17 — riding to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The team covered a collective total of 15,150 miles, raising funds through sponsorships from friends and family. Together, they raised more than $125,000. All along the route, riders were treated to massages, special meals and other perks to ease the ride and thank them for their support.

  • Dream Builders Guild The Dream Builders Guild held its first casino night and auction on May 7 at the Mountaineers Club in Seattle. More than 100 guests helped the guild raise more than $10,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild members and friends were dressed to the nines for the annual Black & Bling Girl’s Night Out auction, held at the Inglewood Golf Club on May 21. Party host Amy McDonough kept spirits high as guests enjoyed appetizers, wine and dessert. More than 100 attendees bid on auction items and purchased mystery bags to help raise nearly $65,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Friends of Mia Guild The Friends of Mia Guild, raised more than $10,000 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research during the Friends of Mia Soccer Cup held in June. This year’s winners were alumni of Capital High School in Olympia. The annual tournament is held in Thurston County in memory of Mia Deligeannis, who passed away four years ago, at age 5, from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Guild members also raise funds for research by competing in marathons and cycling races throughout the year, supported by donations from friends and family.

  • Gavin’s Gift Guild The Gavin’s Gift Guild held its annual Gavin’s Gift Barbecue and auction on Aug. 13 at a private home in Normandy Park. The 75 attendees enjoyed wine, beer and cupcakes while they bid on silent auction items. The guild raised more than $12,000 for Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team, which provides palliative care for seriously ill and dying patients. At left, guild founders Carly and Ryan Christiansen, with baby Rustin. The guild was named in memory of the Christiansens’ son, Gavin.

  • Hope on the Hill Guild Hope on the Hill Guild worked up appetites at its Raise the Dough event on June 14. Guild members helped raise $1,600 for uncompensated care during the all-day event, held at Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s, in the Issaquah Highlands, where 20% of the day’s pizza and ice cream sales were donated to Seattle Children’s.

  • Imagine Guild On July 16, the Imagine Guild’s community of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for the annual dinner and auction at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma as part of a weekend to benefit Seattle Children’s. Riders gathered the next day for Children’s Ride 21, following a route from Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store in Auburn to Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma for a barbecue and live music. The weekend’s events raised $200,000 for uncompensated care and research at Children’s. The guild dedicated the weekend to the memory of Tom Finken, and in honor of Bruce McLeod.

  • Kitsap Friends of Chidlren’s Guild On Aug. 6 in Silverdale, the Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild held its annual Rock the Cure event, featuring the indie folk band St. Paul de Vence. In addition to a memorable outdoor performance, guests enjoyed a taco bar and cupcake auction. The guild raised more than $10,000 to support Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson in his quest for a cure for pediatric brain tumors.

  • Pearly Whites Junior Guild The Gorge Amphitheatre, set high above the Columbia River, was alive with music and laughter Aug. 12 as the Pearly Whites Junior Guild celebrated during its summer event, WONKAPALOOZA. The fundraiser was a Quincy High School senior project for three of the guild members. Highlights of the evening included music by John Lindahl, games, concessions and a screening of the 1971 film, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The guild raised nearly $28,000 for uncompensated care. At left (from left) are guild members Alyssa Ayala, Piper Horning, Kendall Horning, Tori Johnson and Chloë Ovenell.

  • Port Ludlow Guild On May 25, the Port Ludlow Guild hosted a fun-filled game night and auction at the Community Beach Club and raised well over $10,000 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed a dice game, pizza, beer and wine as they competed for silent auction items including gift baskets and trips donated by a generous community. Two Seattle Children’s families shared their stories with the crowd.

  • Preston Kuppe Guild For 10 years, Preston Kuppe Guild members have been hosting the colorful Art à la Carte Auction and Luncheon at the Golf Club at Newcastle. More than 200 members and guests gathered on May 6 to bid for objets d’art and together raised an impressive $195,000 for uncompensated care and research at Children’s. Joe Bowman, whose daughter was diagnosed with Shwachman–Diamond syndrome, spoke about his family’s experience at Seattle Children’s. Bidding was fast and furious for gorgeous works donated by Northwest Art Alliance artists.

  • Project Care Guild The Project Care Guild contributed $60,000 to uncompensated care and research through sales of the 2016 Seattle Children’s calendar. Since 1938, guild members have distributed the calendar to grocery stores and other businesses. If your guild would like to participate in this long-standing tradition, email Barbara Mann. The guild also hosted a dinner at its “An Evening at Lucia” event on July 24. Members and friends enjoyed tasty treats from the Lucia Italian Kitchen + Bar in Seattle.

  • Purchase a Miracle This spring, the annual Purchase a Miracle campaign collected more than $500,000 for Seattle Children’s. Members of 74 guilds placed thousands of shelf tags on sponsors’ products in grocery stores and drugstores across the state. A shout-out to the guilds that placed the most tags: the Christopher Funk, Kent and Angie W. Harrison guilds. Thank you to every guild member and friend who volunteered time to make this year’s Purchase a Miracle campaign such a success! At left, Judy Maleng of the Lloyd Nordstrom Guild places a “shelf talker” at the Ballard Market as part of the campaign.

  • Run for Children’s Guild On Aug. 20, Woodinville was the place — to run, walk or jog to the finish line at the annual Run for Children’s Guild’s Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk. After completing the 10K race, 5K run/walk or kids’ dash, 1,100 entrants celebrated with friends and family at the after-party, which featured food and a wine tasting. Donations benefiting uncompensated care topped $100,000.

  • Sequim Guild The Sequim Guild had a very busy summer! In June, members hosted their third Bunco Party of the year; in July, they ran a huge garage and plant sale; and in August, they presented two Western Swing Music concerts and a barn sale. In addition, the guild sold more than 100 homemade pies, jams and jellies at the annual Sequim Rotary Club Salmon Bake. Guild members wish to thank the Sequim community and Seattle Children’s for supporting their many fundraising ventures, helping them to raise more than $13,000 for uncompensated care.

  • SIDS Research Guild The SIDS Research Guild gathered with friends and supporters for their Strollin’ to Fight SIDS event on June 25. More than 180 participants joined the family-friendly 5K stroll around the track at Newport High School in Bellevue, raising more than $11,000 to support the groundbreaking research being conducted by Dr. Daniel Rubens at Seattle Children’s. At left (from left) are guild president Saori Takayoshi, Jenny McBroom, event founder Cindy Reher, Heather Kahan and Jeanine Johnson.

  • Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and the Alan Richard Howard Guild In early August, the four-day C-Fair Charity Horse Show in Monroe benefited from the combined talents of members of the Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and the Alan Richard Howard Guild. Together, they helped raise more than $4,000 for uncompensated care as visitors enjoyed events and vendors’ wares at the Evergreen Equestrian Park. Guild members thank show sponsor Morgan Horse Club of Washington State for supporting Seattle Children’s at one of the best multi-breed horse shows in the region. Pictured at left (from left) are Alan Richard Howard Guild members and friends who volunteered at the show: co-president Sheridan Hammond, vice president Terri Boyes, Tiffany Beutler, co-president Cecilia Bloxham and Lindy Beutler.

  • Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild In July, Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild hosted its 8th annual Bunco Night at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle. The guild raised more than $6,000 as 70 players of all ages, including many hospital staffers, turned out to “roll the dice” in friendly competition in support of Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which provides palliative care for critically ill and dying patients at Seattle Children’s. In addition to a dessert auction and prizes donated by local businesses, the highlight of the evening was hearing 14-year-old patient Cassidy Huff speak about the tremendous support she received from PACT and the guild during her recent 52-day hospitalization, including a memorable in-hospital birthday party the day before her 39th surgery. Above, emcee Madeline White (Susannah White’s big sister) shows off the evening’s prizes at the guild’s 8th annual Bunco Night.

  • Swim for Children’s Guild More than 425 swimmers splashed into Lake Washington for the 12th annual Swim for Children’s Guild’s Park to Park Swim on Aug. 12. New this year: participants chose the classic one-way, 1.3-mile swim, or the “double dip” round-trip swim from O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland to Matthews Beach in Seattle and back again. Their efforts helped the guild raise $47,000 for Seattle Children’s Emergency Patient Assistance Fund, which provides food, clothing and transportation help for families in need.

  • Through Ahmie’s Eyes Guild Through Ahmie’s Eyes Guild held a lively street fair and music festival in Shoreline on Aug. 6 to support Strong Against Cancer. After Ahmie passed away last summer at 14 from a rare form of sarcoma, her friends and family formed the guild to honor her wish to see more research into improving treatments and finding cures for childhood cancer. The more than 200 revelers who turned out for Ahmie-Palooza enjoyed live music, food truck fare and other vendor offerings, and a raffle. Together, guild members and supporters raised over $8,000. At left (from left) are friends Larisa Krutik, Mamie Jallow (Ahmie’s cousin) and Clementine Brewer.

  • Tri-Cities Junior Guild More than 50 runners turned out for the Tri-Cities Junior Guild’s annual Miles 4 Smiles run at the Port of Kennewick’s Clover Island in August. Members and friends raised nearly $2,000 for uncompensated care.