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Guild Spotlight Triptych

Dancing to Make a Difference

Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild Spotlight On Feb. 20, more than 500 dancers showed off their best moves during the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild’s signature event, a 16-hour dance-off held in the school’s Campion Ballroom. Prior to the event, student dancers each raised $100 to participate, and the guild’s total funds raised – more than $110,000 – made the dance marathon the first on the West Coast to break the impressive six-figure mark. The proceeds will be divided between Seattle Children’s uncompensated care program and its Strong Against Cancer initiative.

Racing Fans Give With Heart

Team Seattle Guild In January, more than 70 guests traveled to Florida with the Team Seattle Guild for the 54th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 30 and 31. The Heart of Racing team completed 700 laps and finished ninth in its class in the Porsche 911 GT America car race, raising more than $150,000 for Seattle Children’s Heart Center. The Team Seattle Guild’s Heart of Racing team will continue racing for Seattle Children’s throughout the 2016 race season, which concludes October 1.

American Girls Take to the Stage

Star Guild The Star Guild hosted the 10th annual American Girl Fashion Show at The Golf Club at Newcastle March 18 to 20. More than 1,100 guests celebrated the historical and contemporary fashions of the American Girl characters during several weekend shows, helping to raise $75,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and heart research. With each show, attendees enjoyed a meal, silent auction, raffle, doll hair salon, book fair and photo booth. The Chavarin family – Ernesto, Gaby, Ana Sophia and Isabella, a Seattle Children’s heart patient – were featured guests.

“It’s inspiring to see what’s happening at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and we wanted to be a small part of that.”

Barbara Merriman, treasurer, Allen-Miller Guild, on why her guild decided to join Research Champions

2015 Research Champions Guilds

Allen Miller Guild Special thanks to the 67 guilds that joined Research Champions in calendar year 2015. Membership in this Seattle Children’s donor program signifies a gift to research of $2,500 or more.

Round of Applause

  • 3 Rivers Guild The 3 Rivers Guild’s sixth annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-Off spiced up the Richland Community Center on February 26 at the Richland Community Center. Guild supporters and friends enjoyed tasty chili and friendly competition and helped raise $3,000 for uncompensated care. At left (from left) are guild member Kathy Kersey and guild president Marnie Vitt, pictured with a guest who won the cook-off raffle.

  • Agape Girls Junior Guild On Feb. 26, the Agape Girls Junior Guild hosted a dance fundraiser at Brighton School in Mountlake Terrace, and through ticket and concession sales raised $1,200 for Seattle Children’s mitochondrial research. The dance was themed “Old Hollywood” — and guests turned out in appropriately glamorous outfits. The guild crowned the two “best-dressed” attendees as Mr. and Miss Hollywood. Guild members were happy to report that the event had the best turnout ever for a school dance at Brighton.

  • Angie W. Harrison and Dr. T.C. Baldwin Guilds The Angie W. Harrison and Dr. T.C. Baldwin guilds held their 18th annual Sleigh of Dreams shopping and fundraising adventure on Nov. 21. A group of 88 guests headed out for a day of holiday shopping on two luxury buses. During the ride from Port Orchard, the guilds sold raffle tickets and awarded more than 100 prizes. The shoppers enjoyed a continental breakfast and snack — as well as camaraderie and a chance to check off their holiday gift lists. The guilds raised more than $3,600 for uncompensated care.

  • Desert Sun Guild On April 16, the Desert Sun Guild welcomed 125 guests to its Spring Gala Auction, held on the grounds of the gorgeous Moore Mansion in Pasco. Live and silent auctions featured wine packages, trips to Sun River and Cabo San Lucas and concert packages for Paul Simon and Maroon 5. The event was catered by Bonefish Grill. Nikki Austin shared stories of her family’s experience at Seattle Children’s. In 2012, her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor; he passed away in November 2014. The event helped raise $65,000 for uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer.

  • Des Moines Auxiliary On April 21, the Des Moines Auxiliary spring fashion show and lunch was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines. The event, themed “Helping Children — Changing Lives,” featured speaker Bre Nettleton, who shared the story of her son Mason’s journey through treatment for kidney cancer at Seattle Children’s. Guild members and friends enjoyed a fashion show by Christopher & Banks, and lunch catered by Tuscany at Des Moines Creek. The group helped raise more than $5,000. Pictured: guild president Janece Norrington (left), winner of the 2016 Anna Clise Award in recognition of exceptional guild service, with Bre Nettleton.

  • Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild More than 500 visitors turned out for the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild’s Anacortes Home and Boat Tour on April 17. Guests enjoyed interacting with Salish Sea Plein Air Artists, who worked on paintings outdoors at each of five homes on the tour. Guests also explored two vessels moored at Cap Sante Boat Haven on Fidalgo Bay. The guild, celebrating its 77th year, raised $13,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Stamm Camp Guild ROA The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild’s eighth annual Winter Fashion Show raised more than $18,000 to support the unique Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for kids with complex medical conditions, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (see our feature story). During the show, held on Feb. 21 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, nearly 200 supporters enjoyed a luncheon and silent auction as they awaited the day’s highlight event: a fashion show featuring former and current campers and volunteer staff as models, who showed off spring fashions from Kohl’s.

  • Dorothy Johnson Guild The Dorothy Johnson Guild held a raffle and basket sale on November 8 and raised $2,800 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care.

  • On April 23, more than 200 supporters gathered at The Landing at Northcut in Seattle for the Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild’s Beakers & Bubbly fundraiser. The event included a VIP champagne reception, live auction, silent auction and paddle raise, and mock lab experiments. The guild raised nearly $50,000 to support the important work of Seattle Children’s Department of Laboratories.

  • Friends Helping Friends Guild The Friends Helping Friends Guild raised $43,000 in its annual Play for Children’s Auction, held at The Landing at Northcut in Seattle on Feb. 27. Guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, a wine toss, Plinko and arcade games.

  • Garfield Guild On Dec. 11, members of the Garfield Guild met at the Olympia home of guild president Linda Wolfe for a holiday luncheon. Members brought gifts for Seattle Children’s patients, and gas, food and phone gift cards for patients’ families. The guild donated more than $800 in books, crayons, toy cars, games and personal items.

  • Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild Maui was again the sunny location for the seventh annual Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild bingo party, held March 7 at the home of guild members Eline and Kurt Mervis. Guild members Doug and Susie Brown, and Roland Brown, joined 80 friends at the outdoor event to support Seattle Children’s Dr. Jim Olson’s neuro-oncology research. The guild raised a record-breaking $22,000, bringing its cumulative fundraising total to more than $90,000. ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman’s auctioning of the cleverly designed, one-of-a-kind T-shirts created by Roland Brown is a highlight of the annual gathering.

  • Jean Thompson Guild On March 19, the Jean Thompson Guild held its 10th annual auction at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon. Guest speakers Stephanie Knutzen and her son, Thor, a senior at Burlington–Edison High School, shared stories about the exceptional care Thor has received at Seattle Children’s over the past 14 years for a form of muscle dystrophy that causes heart problems. Generous family and friends helped the guild achieve its most successful event ever — by raising $77,000 for Seattle Children’s!

  • Jeannine Hedwall Guild An Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show hosted by the Jeannine Hedwall Guild drew 100 guests to the Yakima Elks Lodge on April 8. They raised more than $5,500 for Seattle Children’s’ uncompensated care program. Local DJ Ray Edwards, whose daughter was a Seattle Children’s patient, provided music as guild members modeled fashions from Priscilla’s Chic Boutique. The guild raffled off 21 themed baskets that included movie tickets and snacks, gardening items, coffee baskets and a luncheon for eight at a private home.

  • Kent Guild The Kent Guild’s Spring Fling fashion show and luncheon helped raise more than $14,000 for uncompensated care. At the Meridian Valley Country Club on April 21, 200 guests got to preview spring designs sponsored by Chico’s–Kent Station and Soma Bellevue Square. A silent auction featured a quilt, art, dinner gift certificates and a gondola ride.

  • Project Grace Guild The Project Grace Guild held a luncheon to raise funds for Seattle Children’s and celebrate the grand opening of Prada’s made-to-order shoe store at The Shops at the Bravern in Bellevue. Jill Vedder and Vivian Gossard (both are wives of Pearl Jam band members) hosted the lunch on April 21, and Prada donated 10% of all shoe sales from April 21 to 24 to benefit uncompensated care. The guild raised $5,800.

  • Sheridan Guild A crowd of nearly 300 turned out on a sunny Saturday ready to hit the road for the Sheridan Guild’s Get Up and Go 5K pajama fun run and kids’ dash April 9 in Lake Forest Park. Runners with the best times and the best PJs won prizes, and the guild raised $7,000 for uncompensated care and research. Pictured at left are event speakers Mayor Jeff Johnson of Lake Forest Park and Laurel James, founder of Super Jock ’n Jill.

  • Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild No leprechaun was left behind during the 32nd annual F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash held March 13 in Seattle. Thousands of green-clad runners raced to cross the finish line and raised funds for the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest Children’s charities. Participants included many guild members and Seattle Children’s Autism Center staff. The popular 5K run, supported by the Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild, has contributed proceeds to Seattle Children’s Autism Center for the past six years.

  • The Marvelous Matt Leppell’s Guild The Marvelous Matt Leppell’s Guild has made it a tradition to bring joy to patients who are hospitalized during the holidays. Last December, the guild generated smiles with its deliveries of blankets, DVDs, 635 pairs of pajamas and more than 200 handmade beanies. Members are thankful to their friends, families and communities for the generous donations they collect year-round. The guild distributed to patients 1,000 items donated by the 2015 Golf Association U.S. Open Championship, Chambers Bay, including T-shirts, hats, polos, jackets and umbrellas — as well as 500 shirts, jackets, messenger bags and rain ponchos donated by Microsoft. For the sixth year in a row, guild members volunteered for the One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Radiothon, in December, and for the production of “Stories from the Heart: A Mother’s Day Tribute,” a Seattle Children’s KOMO TV Special to benefit uncompensated care.