“Our guilds are among our strongest assets – we are so thankful to each guild member for how you make Seattle Children’s great through your work and dedication.”
A Race Against Cancer
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle attracted a record crowd for their eighth annual Run of Hope at Seward Park in Seattle on Sept. 25. More than 2,300 enthusiastic runners and walkers circumnavigated the park in support of pediatric brain tumor research. This year broke all previous records with more than $624,000 raised, bringing the event’s cumulative total to nearly $3 million! The eighth annual Run of Hope had a record-breaking year in both the number of participants and dollars raised – 2,300 runners and more than $624,000!
On Oct. 15, more than 300 guests joined Frances W. Nordstrom Guild members at the Don James Center at University of Washington Husky Stadium, and raised more than $220,000 for uncompensated care. Raffle and auction items included sports and pampering packages and a Nordstrom gift certificate. Patient mom Andie Johnson talked of her family’s experiences during her son Noah’s long-term treatment at Seattle Children’s, and of the importance of uncompensated care. At the premier Team Children’s event, one lucky winner won a trip to New York City and tickets to the Broadway sensation Hamilton. At left, from left, are event co-chairs Kelly Sanford and Kristy Petersen.
A Big, Musical SMooCH for Seattle Children’s
In December, Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital (SMooCH) Guild filled the Showbox for the fifth year running in support of uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Revelers were kept on their feet by the musical talents of Father John Misty, The New Pornographers, J Mascis and special guests, and the Naked Giants. Fans raised a rockin’ $3 million by ticket and silent auction item purchases and raise-the-paddle donations. VIP ticket holders hobnobbed with local celebrity chefs and enjoyed their finest fare. At left, event founders Pete and Brandy Nordstrom (left), along with KEXP partner John Richards and SubPop partner Megan Jasper, inspire concert attendees to raise their glasses in support of uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
Mitochondrial Research Guild Connects
The Mitochondrial Research Guild has a strong history of bringing people together to make a difference for children with mitochondrial disease, and for their families. In September, the annual Cure for Mito Auction and Dinner at Willows Lodge in Woodinville celebrated the guild’s 14-year dedication to supporting Seattle Children’s researchers’ journey – that of putting the pieces of the mysterious disease together and, one day soon, finding a cure.
Dr. Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, spoke about the guild’s incredible impact and the continuing need for philanthropic support of pediatric research. More than 140 friends responded by helping to raise over $328,000 for mitochondrial research. The evening featured live and silent auctions, dancing and a four-course dinner by Chef Bobby Moore, paired with JM Cellars wines.
“The Pageant” Surprises and Delights
In November, the LUMA Guild treated audiences to a Broadway-style musical performance with its support of the latest work by Mateo Messina, guild president and Grammy-winning composer. The musical relates the story of an 11-year-old boy with a stutter who is offered a chance and a challenge: to sing in a nationally televised Christmas pageant. LUMA’s 19th annual benefit performance, with original music by Messina, thrilled the audiences at Benaroya Hall with its full symphony orchestra and gifted cast – and raised $269,000 for uncompensated care. This year’s performance also benefited the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. At left, musical composer Mateo Messina directs The Total Experience Gospel Choir during the LUMA Guild’s riveting evening of music.
Congrats to the Top 25 Guilds!
Seattle Children’s Guild Association trustees are proud to honor the top 25 fundraising guilds (named below, in order of funds raised). Together, these guilds brought in an impressive $13.7 million – that’s 87% of all guild fundraising proceeds. Thank you for bringing hope to Seattle Children’s patients and their families!