Guilds Pay Tribute to Seattle Children’s With Loads of Good Cheer

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Read below to see how many of our guilds supported our patients and families in the Fall of 2017.

Patient Shares Passion for Music

Cass Huff singing Cass Huff stole the sold-out show at LUMA Guild’s 20th annual benefit concert, featuring a symphony called “Epoch,” held November 10 at Benaroya Hall. The 15-year-old musician is a lifelong Seattle Children’s patient who uses music to help her through life’s challenges, including 42 surgeries to treat a genetic condition called Conradi–Hunermann syndrome.

Cass and guild founder and composer Mateo Messina co-wrote and performed a song called “It’s Music,” with a theme of inspiring strength and supporting one another as we navigate through the beauty and uncertainty that are inescapable hallmarks of life. For Cass, the song she performed with Messina was about inspiring others through song and sharing a message of hope. An accomplished performer, she aims to star on Broadway one day.

The evening’s musical lineup also included indie rock band Rogue Wave and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Spain. Proceeds from the concert combined with funds raised at the guild’s Rocktoberfest resulted in a gift of more than $250,000 to fuel the groundbreaking pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s and support uncompensated care.

Race With a Mission

Run of Hope participants with oncology team members Run of Hope Seattle was held on Sept. 24 at Seattle’s Seward Park. Co-presented by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the ninth annual race raised a record-breaking $665,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s. Before the run, more than 80 fundraising teams and 2,300 attendees heard inspiring stories from Seattle Children’s brain tumor patients. Since 2008, Run of Hope Seattle has raised more than $4 million for Seattle Children’s pediatric brain tumor research.

Pictured: Run of Hope participants receiving additional encouragement from members of Seattle Children’s oncology team of leading brain tumor researchers and clinicians, pictured here with patient Max Hanson (in orange). From left: Nurse practitioners Cory Hoeppner and Susan Holtzclaw; Drs. Russ Geyer and Courtney Crane; Seattle Children’s CEO, Dr. Jeff Sperring; and Drs. Sarah Leary, Rich Ellenbogen, Nick Vitanza and Jim Olson.

Celebrating Four Decades of Love for Seattle Children’s

Members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman guild There was a particularly celebratory air to the Festival of Trees events in November, as the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild celebrated its 40th anniversary of hosting this annual tradition. Again, partnering with the Autism Center Guild, they kicked off their ornamental homage to the season at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The Annual Gala and Dinner Auction was held November 18, followed by the Festival of Trees Celebration on November 19, when a happy crowd gathered for the lighting of the hotel’s grand lobby tree while children visited with Santa.

Combined, these events raised more than $550,000 for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care. Congratulations and thank you to the members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild for decades of holiday memories and a steadfast commitment to improving child health!

Pictured: Members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild with members of the Autism Center Guild celebrating four decades of holiday fun at their annual gala.

“Womenpower” Continues to Drive Calendar Sales ‒ 80 Years and Counting

Project Care Guild members with calendars“It’s womenpower that runs the calendar drive. It is a monument to womanhood ‒ a donation of millions of woman-hours given in love for the wonderful work the hospital does,” said Mrs. Gerald DeGarmo in a 1975 Seattle newspaper article about the “Children’s Orthopedic Calendar” ‒ now in its 80th year. DeGarmo was the first president of the Mary B. Myers Guild, which launched the fledgling calendar project in 1938. “Up until then we gave parties and dance, dance, dances. We danced our feet off to raise money. Finally, I said we needed a more steady annual income,” she added.

Guild members cut and assembled by hand the first 4,000 calendars, which sold for 25¢ each. Flash forward 80 years, four guilds and countless volunteer hours later, and the Seattle Children’s calendar 80th anniversary calendar print run is 25,000, each selling for $5 to support Seattle Children’s uncompensated care.

“Doing the mail order was like having 700 pen pals who shared a common love for Seattle Children’s…. We shared stories about mothers, siblings, children and grandchildren, all of whom had associations with the hospital. It was a joy to be involved!” remembers Sharon McCagg of the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild, which took the calendar reins in 1976 and managed it for 30 years.

“My mom’s guild wanted to pass it along to a group with a connection ‒ carrying on that tradition is what made it so special to be involved,” says Kelley Mullet, who remembers having “a blast” working on the project with fellow members of the Dreams of Hope Guild, which managed the calendar from 2005 to 2015. Mullet’s mother, Linda Stull, is a longtime member of the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild.

In 2015, the Project Care Guild inherited the long-lived fundraiser, and sales have continued to grow.

“It’s been a privilege to carry on this tradition in honor of the guilds that have made the calendar such a success. This project also depends on the support of the community and local businesses,” says Barbara Mann, current calendar chair, who is thankful to the John L. Scott Foundation for helping to underwrite the cost of printing this year. “There are a lot of pretty calendars out there, but people make a conscious choice to buy ours to support the hospital.”

Pictured: From left, Project Care Guild members Mary Compton, Lisa Mann and Barbara Mann. Anniversary calendars are available at your local grocery store.

Round of Applause

  • Aileen Kelly, Lisa Schoo and Laurie Frink

    Even as we begin the new year, last year’s incredible news is still sinking in: You raised a record $16 million for life-changing healthcare! It is such a pleasure to work among so many people who care deeply about helping others ‒ who make it a priority to see the kids of our region thrive for generations to come. Thank you for always astounding me, and for continually finding joyful and innovative ways to give.

    You are an inspiration to me and so many others. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!

    With warm regards,

    Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association

    Pictured: From left, Kelly kicked off the holidays at the KC Howard Guild luncheon with co-chairs Lisa Schoo and Laurie Frink.

  • 3 Rivers Guild members’ children’s clothes

    The 3 Rivers Guild held its Fall into Fashion event on October 14 at the Tri-City Country Club in Kennewick. Guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon and an inspiring fashion show featuring the latest styles from Chico’s, Cabi, Roz & Alli, Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques and Gymboree children’s clothes. The event raised nearly $4,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Adaline Coffman Guild members

    The Adaline Coffman Guild hosted a holiday gala, “Night Among the Stars ‒ A Light in the Life of a Child,” on December 1 at the Hotel Washington in Chehalis. A group of 75 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Hotly contested auction items included six Seattle Seahawks tickets, two University of Washington Huskies tickets, a fully decorated Christmas tree delivered to the top bidder’s home and an autographed Russell Wilson jersey. The guild raised $40,000 for uncompensated care and research.

  • Ahmies Hope Guild members

    More than 60 supporters helped the Ahmie’s Hope Guild surpass its $5,000 goal at its 5K walk held September 16 in Seattle. And on October 29, guild members gathered with friends at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood to feast on pasta and raise additional funds for Strong Against Cancer. While Ahmie was in cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s, she witnessed firsthand the suffering of other children fighting for their lives. Ahmie, who passed away in 2014 at 14, believed research could bring hope, less invasive treatments and – one day – a cure. The Ahmie’s Hope Guild continues her mission to increase awareness about childhood cancer and raise money for cancer research.

    Gienna and Ahmie YES logo

    “I say yes to being part of a guild, because we accomplish more together! I say yes to fundraising to help eliminate the suffering of children fighting cancer.” – Gienna Njie, Ahmie’s Hope Guild

    Gienna Njie (right) started the Ahmie’s Hope Guild to honor her daughter, Ahmie (left), who died of cancer in 2014.

  • Angie Harrison Guild members The 20th anniversary of the Angie Harrison Guild Sleigh of Dreams was a fun shopping adventure in support of Seattle Children’s. Two charter buses full of 86 enthusiastic shoppers set out on November 18 from Port Orchard to check off their lists at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall/Tulalip Casino, Alderwood Mall and Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville. En route to their favorites stores, the guild raised more than $4,000 for uncompensated care through a raffle and donations. The group was inspired by videos of Seattle Children’s patient stories and a holiday movie.

  • Averys Gift Guild members On October 15, Avery’s Gift Guild partnered with Therapeutic Associates Fairwood Physical Therapy to host the Feel the Thrill Conquer the Hill Walk/Run to benefit uncompensated care. Participants gathered at Ron Regis Park in Renton to tackle the four-mile roundtrip route, including Renton’s 140th Street hill, famous for its steep grade. For guild members, the hill climb symbolizes challenges conquered by children being treated at Seattle Children’s. They raised $8,000 for the Avery’s Eternal Gift Endowment, which raises funds to provide support for spiritual and pastoral care.

  • Bloom for Childrens Guild Members Bloom for Children’s Guild members sold holiday wreaths on December 6, raising $5,700 to support Seattle Children’s Grounds Department. Each unique wreath was handcrafted from greens harvested from the hospital grounds.

  • Carolyn Johnson Guild members Mt. Vernon’s Carolyn Johnson Guild held a hugely successful wreath and garland sale in December, raising more than $8,500. Guild members hand-tied bows that became the finishing touches on these popular wreaths that brought holiday cheer to homes all over the Skagit Valley. All proceeds benefit uncompensated care.

  • On September 27, the Clare Beckett Guild hosted its Ladies (and Gentlemen) Who Lunch at the Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, and raised $10,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care.

  • Coltons Army Guild members The Colton’s Army Guild hosted Heroes for Hope on November 4 at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville and raised nearly $120,000 for Strong Against Cancer ‒ more than doubling what they raised at this event last year! Live and silent auctions were followed by live music and dancing. Nicole Watters shared the story of her daughter Lucy’s battle with leukemia and her experiences being in the Seattle Children’s immunotherapy clinical trials led by Dr. Michael Jensen. Guild namesake Colton shared a personal essay about being treated for cancer at Seattle Children’s. Thankfully, Colton’s cancer is now in remission.

  • Daughters Guild members On October 12, the Daughters Guild hosted their annual Touchdown 4 Tots. A crowd of 160 enjoyed the event and mingling with Seahawks legends Orlando Huff and David Hughes. These friends and fans raised more than $67,000 for uncompensated care and research.

  • Des Moines Auxiliary members The Des Moines Auxiliary hosted an Oktoberfest Luncheon on October 19 at the Des Moines United Methodist Church. Nearly 70 guests raised $3,000 for uncompensated care while enjoying German food, live music and door prizes. On November 17 and 18, the guild hosted its annual holiday bazaar, and raised an additional $4,500 for Seattle Children’s.

  • Diversity and Health Equity Guild members The newly formed Diversity and Health Equity Guild raised more than $5,500 for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in 2017. Their fundraisers so far have included a happy-hour carnival, a trivia night and a raffle at the Auction of Washington Wines event last summer. At the carnival held September 16, a group of 40 supporters gathered in the Seattle Children’s Research Institute Soundgarden for food and carnival favorites, including a Pop-a-Shot basketball challenge and giant Jenga game.

  • Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild members An enthusiastic group of supporters joined the Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild on December 1 for its Silver Fantasy Dinner and Auction at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. The silent auction featured an enticing array of holiday-themed items and gift baskets ‒ along with a hotly contested football autographed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, which fetched $1,000. Featured speaker patient Caroline Blethen, 17, shared her experience of being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Tri-Cities Clinic for Addison’s disease, an endocrine disorder. Caroline, who is from Walla Walla, said the phenomenal care she received at Seattle Children’s inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. The guild raised $30,000 for uncompensated care and research.

  • Dr. Patrick J. Healy Guild members The Dr. Patrick J. Healey Guild’s Sip, Shop and Silent Auction was held December 9 at Rocky Pond Winery Tasting Room in Woodinville. The event was organized by transplant patient Elliott Kaczmarek’s dad, Jonathon, a winemaker at Rocky Pond. Elliott’s mom, Nicole, sold Stella and Dot boutique-style jewelry and accessories at the event to benefit Seattle Children’s.

  • Stamm Guild members The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild hosted its Strike for Stamm bowling event on September 24 in Kenmore. Bowlers spared no strikes to raise $2,300 to help more children with chronic medical conditions have a chance to “just be kids” for a week at a one-of-a-kind summer camp ‒ an experience they could not have otherwise due to their complex healthcare needs.

  • Frances W. Nordstrom Guild members On November 3, the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild raised $320,000 for uncompensated care and research at its Night Out at Block 41 in Seattle ‒ marking its 32nd year of support for Seattle Children’s. More than 200 members and guests enjoyed dinner and drinks, an auction and dancing to the band Hit Explosion. Guests purchased raffle tickets for incredible prizes, including a “super-secret” prize that was revealed to be tickets to Hamilton, dinner and a hotel stay.

  • FNG 2.0 Members Last summer, daughters of the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild’s founding members formed a chapter within the guild called Fran Nordstrom Guild 2.0 (FNG 2.0), building on their mothers’ strong legacy of giving. On October 21, they presented CarniVINO, an evening of wine, food, carnival games and dancing for 150 guests at the Great Hall at Green Lake in Seattle. FNG 2.0 raised more than $40,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild members

    The Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild hosted its annual bingo night for center students, family members and friends on November 2. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed a pizza dinner followed by 10 rounds of bingo, with students serving as game hosts alongside emcee Troy McVicker. The event raised $2,500 for the center.

    Leslie Fox YES module image

    “I say yes because being involved in the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild allows me to give back to a program that has changed my daughter’s life. At our guild events, Alyssa Burnett Center students are active participants, so those who attend see firsthand the impact of their donations.” – Leslie Fox, Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild

    From left, Joyce Astrup (Leslie Fox’s mother), Leslie Fox and her daughter, Kelly Fox.

  • Grayland Guild members The Grayland Guild, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, held holiday craft sales in both Aberdeen and Westport in November. Members sold handmade holiday items including ornaments, fleece blankets, jewelry, Christmas floral arrangements and baked goods. Together, they raised $1,000 for uncompensated care. Pictured: From left, Grayland Guild members Janet Heikkila, Liz Chandler and Rita Veneziani, at the sale in Westport.

  • On October 30, the Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild hosted 48 guests at its Shake, Rattle and Roll Bunco party, where members raised $6,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Held at the CG Public House in Kennewick, the event featured a silent auction, raffle and prize for best costume.

  • Juleesas Smiles Guild members On September 23, the Juleesa’s Smiles Guild hosted a fun 5K at the Cedar River Trail Park in Renton. Friends and supporters raised $5,025 for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program.

  • KC Howard Guild members The KC Howard Guild hosted more than 200 friends of Seattle Children’s at its 23rd annual holiday luncheon at the Sunset Club in Seattle on December 4. Event proceeds totaled more than $210,000 to support uncompensated care. After silent and live auctions, the crowd appreciated hearing from Seattle Children’s Patient Ambassador Cass Huff and her mom, Shannon LeBleu.

  • Kent Guild members The Kent Guild held its 28th annual Artisans’ Festival November 6 and 7 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Supporters stocked up on holiday gifts at the artsy fest, which featured handcrafted items, wearable art and gourmet treats, as well as a wine pull and a raffle. The guild raised $41,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and research.

  • Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild members The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted its annual Outdoor Movie Night at the Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline on September 9. More than 150 guests attended the screening of Disney’s Moana, while enjoying snacks, competing for raffle baskets and donating through a “raise the lemon” event. The guild raised nearly $24,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Linda Dagg, Sheila Magnano and Jill McCaffrey of the Lloyd Nordstrom Guild The Lloyd Nordstrom Guild held a small marketplace and raffle at the Queen Bee Café in Seattle on October 25. More than 55 people attended the event, helping the guild raise more than $3,000 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed crumpets and cookies by café bakers, and wine. Pictured: Guild members Linda Dagg, Sheila Magnano and Jill McCaffrey.

  • Marion Finley Guild event The Marion Finley Guild held a silent auction, raffle and wine toss on December 12 at two Seattle Children’s business office locations: Roosevelt Commons and the 70th and Sand Point Way Administration Building. Employees bid on items including gear signed by Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm and Seattle Mariners players; jewelry; spa packages; themed baskets; and theater tickets. The groups raised nearly $15,000 for uncompensated care, research and Seattle Children’s Autism Center. The guild is composed of Seattle Children’s staff and named after a former hospital employee.

  • Miracle House Guild members The Miracle House Guild hosted its 17th annual Where Miracles Take Flight silent and live auction at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle on October 14. They raised a total of $157,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer.

  • Mitochondrial Research Guild members On September 16, the Mitochondrial Research Guild held its 15th annual Cure for Mito Auction at Willows Lodge in Woodinville and raised $300,000 for mitochondrial disease research. More than 140 guests turned out for this anniversary celebration, which included a tribute to the “mito kids” whose stories have been shared over the years. Several now-grown patients attended the event, evidence of life-changing research achievements. Thanks to the guild’s efforts, Seattle Children’s mitochondrial program has grown from one expert, Dr. Russ Saneto, to a team of specialists who combine expert clinical care and cutting-edge research to advance treatments for mitochondrial diseases. The evening featured live and silent auctions, a raffle, games and a four-course feast prepared by executive chef Bobby Moore paired with wines from JM Cellars in Woodinville.

  • Peaks of Life Guild members

    The Peaks of Life Guild hosted more than 125 Seattle Children’s supporters on September 29 at the Seven Summit Soirée: A Celebration of International Climbing Culture. Keynote speaker world-class mountaineer Brent Bishop shared stories about climbing the world’s greatest mountains and talked about their associated cultures. Guests helped the guild raise $35,000 for uncompensated care as they enjoyed an auction, dinner by Himalayan Sherpa House, drinks and a dessert dash. Those who dared even attempted glacier travel through Virtual Reality Everest. In addition to this event, guild members raise money by taking pledges for climbing prominent peaks in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

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    “I say yes because, like me, Seattle Children’s believes that every child deserves quality healthcare by virtue of being a child, and that a family’s financial status should have no impact on the care they receive.” – Forrest Barker, Peaks of Life Guild

  • Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild members On September 9, the Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild hosted the 11th annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament, Auction and Dinner at The Golf Club at Echo Falls in Snohomish. The guild was formed in 2006 to honor the life of 11-year-old Sydney Coxon, who died of a brain tumor. Its first event realized Sydney’s plans for a garage sale cancer research fundraiser she was working on when she passed. Proceeds from that initial event and all subsequent guild events have gone to support the pediatric brain tumor research of Dr. Jim Olson, one of Sydney’s doctors. This year, 100 guild members and friends raised more than $77,000 to help advance this important research.

  • Project Kids Cancer Cure Guild members Project Kids’ Cancer Cure Guild hosted its inaugural event, Costumes for Cures, at Metropolist in Seattle’s historic Ederer Building on October 28. More than 160 costumed guests enjoyed live music by Boneyard, fun games including a raffle and wine toss, hearty hors d’oeuvres and festive cocktails. The evening’s highlight was patient mom Katie Young sharing her family’s story of her daughter Joli’s cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s. The evening raised an impressive $56,000 for Seattle Children’s cancer clinical trials.

  • Purchase a Miracle Guild members Many fabulous volunteers from 66 guilds spent countless hours placing shelf tags at grocery stores to promote the 2017 Purchase a Miracle campaign. Along with other grocery industry efforts ‒ including a successful checkstand promotion for Strong Against Cancer at Safeway and Albertsons stores in July ‒ this program helped raise more than $1.5 million for Seattle Children’s! If your guild would like to expand this great team, please email Jane Stiehl, or call her at 206-987-4903. Pictured: Dolphins Campfire Group members who helped tag store products with the Eternally Joyful Guild.

  • SMooCH concert musicianOn Dec. 2, the SMooCH Guild again brought together Seattle’s music community for a night of sensational music at The Showbox to celebrate Seattle Children’s. A crowd of fans and hospital supporters cheered performances by Phantogram, Built to Spill, Tacocat, The Dirty Bomb and School of Rock Issaquah. VIP guests bid on amazing silent auction items and enjoyed dishes prepared by Ethan Stowell and local chefs, and wines from Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars (poured by the winemakers). The event raised $3.5 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s!

  • Susannah Whites Three Feet of Sunshine Guild membersThe 9th annual Monster Bash hosted by Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild was held October 21 at St. Stephen’s Church in Seattle. The guild raised $15,000 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program, which works to enhance quality of life for critically ill patients. More than 600 attendees, including ghosts, goblins and princesses, explored a hair-raising haunted house, and enjoyed dancing to a live performance by Recess Monkey, pony rides and pumpkin decorating. Halloween-themed fun continued with Dracula’s dance-off, ghoulish games, creepy crafts, the Phantom Photo Booth, a costume contest and parade and the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk. Sincere thanks to long-time sponsors: St. Stephen’s Church, Craven Farm, Bronwen Houck Photography, Seattle Fire Department Engine 38, Phototainment, Party Ponies Inc., Trophy Cupcakes and Party, Balloon Designers and volunteers from Psi Upsilon Fraternity and Holy Names Academy.

  • Team Becca Guild membersOn September 16, the Team Becca Guild hosted 170 friends at its annual auction held at the Bellevue Marriot. They raised $106,000 for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Seattle Children’s Dr. Michael Jensen spoke at the event, sharing the latest news about his immunotherapy cancer trials.