“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!”
Guild Annual Meeting Highlights
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
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
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?
“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?
“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