A Summertime of Celebrations for Seattle Children’s
“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!”
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.
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
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.
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
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
Des Moines Auxiliary members
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.