You made it a season of smiles

Guild Spotlight Winter

“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.”

– Doug Picha, president, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation

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!

Team Children’s

Team Children's 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

Smooch 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

Mito Guild 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

LUMA 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!

Round of Applause

  • Adaline Coffman

    The Adaline Coffman Guild held its 76th annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 2 at the Historic Washington Hotel in Chehalis. Friends gathered for a memorable Country Christmas Evening and raised $22,000 for uncompensated care. Organizers report that an infusion of energy from several new members, combined with the wisdom of the long-standing members, made the gala “fresh, fantastic and festive.” The members range in age from mid-20s to early 90s.

  • The Beverly Lambert Guild hosted an evening of art and hors d’oeuvres Oct. 28 at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Seattle. More than 50 guests braved stormy weather to come out and mix with friends and view a variety of contemporary art pieces. The guild raised $15,000 for uncompensated care through ticket sales, donations and sponsorships.

  • Bloom for children's On Dec. 7, Bloom for Children’s Guild members sold wreaths they crafted with greens harvested from the hospital grounds. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Children’s Grounds Department, which keeps gardens thriving year-round for the enjoyment of patients and visitors. The guild raised $4,000.

  • Colton At the Colton’s Army Guild’s first event, the Hope for Heroes Dinner and Auction, members raised over $52,000 — more than doubling their goal! The Oct. 8 party was held at the Mill Creek Country Club and attended by 140 supporters and friends. The guild’s namesake, Colton Matter, was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 9 and has been fighting back ever since. Colton is now 16 years old and in remission after having battled the disease five times in seven years.

  • Daughters Guild All were in a celebratory mood at the 10th anniversary of the Daughters Guild’s annual Touchdown for Tots. At the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle on Nov. 12, more than 150 members and guests enjoyed a football tailgate-themed auction with games, a catered dinner and drinks. Seattle Children’s patient Kat Tiscornia, a cancer survivor, shared her impressive story with the crowd. The guild raised more than $56,000 — making this its highest-grossing event to date!

  • Des Moines Guild The Des Moines Auxiliary held its annual luncheon on Oct. 20 at the United Methodist Church in Des Moines. More than 60 guests enjoyed presentations by guest speakers Roosevelt Travis, director of Social Work at Seattle Children’s, and Becca Badger, parent of a Children’s patient, who talked about her family’s hospital experiences. Her son, now 3 years old, was diagnosed at birth with transient myeloproliferative disorder, a rare ailment specific to infants with Down syndrome. The event raised $3,000 for uncompensated care and the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund. Pictured at left(from left): guild member Linda Macrae, Becca Badger, Roosevelt Travis, and guild member Jean Hill.

  • Flashman and Autism Supporters chose a joyful way to kick off the holiday season at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle at two annual Seattle Children’s fundraisers – the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman and Autism Center guilds’ 39th Annual Gala and Dinner Auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the Festival of Trees Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 20. The lighting of the hotel’s grand lobby tree is a family favorite, and children loved visiting with Santa and sampling holiday treats. Together, these events raised more than $466,000 for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care.

  • Spaulding Guild The Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild held its Silver Fantasy Dinner and Auction on Dec. 2 at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. More than 75 guests helped raise $19,000 for uncompensated care during a silent auction that included holiday items such as three Christmas trees, as well as jewelry, designer handbags and wines.

  • Stamm Guild Football fans and friends of the Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild gathered for their annual tasty tailgate party, Grillin’ for Stamm Camp, on Sept. 17. They met in the University of Washington Montlake parking lot for veggie dogs, brats and soft drinks before watching the Huskies trounce the Portland State University Vikings. The guild raised nearly $1,500 for Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for children with serious illnesses. Pictured at left (from left): Amy Steele, Karly Green, Sue Heffernan, Jason Lane, Matt Steele, Brittany Meyer and Kelli Green Rimmer. The guild also raised $6,000 at their Stamm Good Wine Fest on Oct. 23 at the Northwest Cellars Tasting Room in Kirkland. In 2016 the camp celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the guild had its most impressive fundraising year to date as it brought in nearly $75,000 to the hospital!

  • Frances Nordstrom Guild The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild was the beneficiary of the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Sept. 24. Runway models wowed the audience with fall fashions straight from the pages of the magazine. The sold-out show raised more than $110,000 for Dr. Courtney Crane’s brain tumor research using immunotherapy at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Guild members previewed the latest fashions while supporting Seattle Children’s at this successful runway event.

  • Cellebration On Sept. 30, a crowd of 450 helped raise more than $1 million at Fremont Studios in Seattle during Cellebration, a benefit for Strong Against Cancer. The enthusiastic crowd applauded the remarkable success of pediatric immunotherapy clinical trials, honored courageous patients and celebrated the generous community supporting the work of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Congratulations to the Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild, the Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild and the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild. They filled six tables with friends and family, and raised a combined $160,000 through paddle raises during the event. Above, Pat Monahan of the band Train rocks the house.

  • Friends for life The Friends for Life Guild holiday fundraiser featured handblown glass ornaments and votive candleholders inspired by Signe, a patient who has been cancer-free for 10 years after being treated for neuroblastoma at Seattle Children’s in infancy. All proceeds from the sale of these glass treasures, created by The Art by Fire Gallery and Glass School in Issaquah, benefit Seattle Children’s cancer research.

  • Friends of Mia A Friends of Mia Guild benefit concert raised more than $16,000 for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research on Nov. 4. More than 900 people rocked out to the sounds of Bad Sleep, Toy Zoo and Built to Spill during the sold-out show held at the Capitol Theater in Olympia. Pictured at left are concert-goers Casey Deligeannis and LeLani Benavente with Noah Deligeannis.

  • On several crisp winter evenings over the past three months, the Golden Eagles Guild gathered friends and family for spontaneous skating parties at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena to benefit Seattle Children’s. The skaters helped raise funds for uncompensated care.

  • Juleesas Smile Guild Juleesa’s Smiles Guild held its annual Walk for Smiles 5K Sept. 24 in Renton. More than 65 supporters turned out on a beautiful fall morning to stroll the Cedar River Trail from Cedar River Park to the Renton Library. The event raised $3,500 for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program in memory of Juleesa Johnson, a Seattle Children’s patient who passed away at age 22. At left, from left, are guild members Deidre Johnson, Denise Johnson and Elsie Hughes.

  • The Kare4Kids Guild held a fundraiser at The Triple Door music venue in Seattle on June 6, where guild founder Suhail Singh performed alongside Grammy-nominated Amos Miller. During the show – “Super Moon with Birds, Creeks and Feathers” – Suhail sang and played the piano, synthesizer and drums. He also did some beat-boxing with Miller, a Seattle-based music producer. The guild raised nearly $8,000 at this event to benefit the Department of Neurology.

  • KC Howard Guild More than 200 hospital supporters attended the 22nd annual KC Howard Guild holiday luncheon at the Sunset Club in Seattle on Dec. 5. There was a small live auction in addition to a silent auction for themed gift baskets. The featured speaker was Bella Anderson, a Seattle Children’s heart transplant patient, who shared the story of her prom night, when the event was held on the hospital’s rooftop terrace. The holiday luncheon raised more than more than $200,000, thanks in part to a matching gift from the Jack R. MacDonald Charitable Trust.

  • Kent Guild Winter It was better than Black Friday at the Kent Guild’s annual Artisans’ Festival held Nov. 7 and 8 at the Meridian Valley Country Clubhouse in Kent. Shoppers purchased holiday-themed gifts and treats to help raise $37,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Little Lemon Drops Winter The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted its annual Outdoor Movie Night and Raffle on Sept. 10 at the Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline, raising more than $27,000 for uncompensated care. Friends and guild members enjoyed “Zootopia” on the big screen and also helped support the cause with their purchases of pizza and snacks. The guest speaker, former Seattle Children’s patient Samantha Mellick, talked about her experiences at the hospital.

  • Marion Finley Winter In December, Seattle Children’s employee members of the Marion Finley Guild brought holiday cheer for a good cause to two hospital administrative office locations — Roosevelt Commons and 70th and Sand Point in Seattle. Thanks to generous employee contributions, they raised more than $14,000 to benefit uncompensated care and research through silent auctions, wine pulls and a raffle. At left, Damian Murphy and guild president Mandy Hanousek managed the auction checkout table.

  • For 73 years, the Mercer Island Guild has supported Seattle Children’s through its successful Mercer Island Directory fundraiser. The money guild members raise through advertising sales and donations supports uncompensated care and research; the 2016 directory secured $113,500 to help ensure all children receive the medical care they need, regardless of families’ ability to pay.

  • Milo Gray The Milo Gray Guild held a “Night at the Movies” on Sept. 30 and raised more than $18,000 for uncompensated care. The more than 100 attendees walked the red carpet dressed as their favorite movie characters, played in a photo booth, and competed for a signed Russell Wilson jersey.

  • Miracle House The Miracle House Guild hosted its annual “Where Miracles Take Flight” event Nov. 5 at the Palace Kitchen in Seattle. Silent and live auctions, followed by dancing, helped raise $112,000 for uncompensated care. Seattle Children’s patient Jake Finkbonner shared his story of being treated for a severe bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis.

  • Mount Si Med Squad The Mount Si Med Squad Junior Guild raised more than $3,000 for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Youth Cancer Unit by hosting a lacrosse camp for kids in August and conducting their annual garage sale in September.

  • Peaks of life Peaks of Life Guild hosted its Tour of the Himalaya gala on Oct. 14 at the Tyee Yacht Club in Seattle. Themed around the Himalayan mountain culture, the venue was spectacularly decorated with items from Himalayan Treasure Inc., and the Himalayan Sherpa House restaurant served traditional food. Lakpa Rita Sherpa shared stories of his amazing climbing career in the Himalaya, highlighting 17 successful ascents of Mt. Everest, 20-plus ascents of Cho Oyu, as well as attempts on Annapurna and K2. Guests took a virtual reality tour of the Khumbu Icefall located above Everest Base Camp, where they braved ladders spanning crevasses. Auctions featured photos from the first American climb of Mt. Everest. The evening, which raised nearly $18,000 for uncompensated care, wrapped up with an amazing dueling-pianos show that continued until the venue kicked the guests out. In addition to the annual gala, the guild hosts mountain-climbing fundraisers.

  • Pearly Whites The 10th annual Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving Day in George, Washington, was hosted by the Horning family and the Pearly Whites Junior Guild. The event raised more than $1,000 for Seattle Children’s Dental Medicine and proved, once again, to be a great way to begin a day focused on gratitude, food and family. More than 90 “trotters” turned out to run and celebrate the guild’s anniversary and to say goodbye to three guild members who will be heading off to college next fall: Kendall Horning, Chloë Ovenell and Anyssa Ayala. With them at the finish line were Christopher James and his family, Team Noonan. Like Kendall, Christopher was born with Noonan syndrome, and he is meeting its challenges with strength and humor.

  • Pink Polka Dots On Sept. 10, the Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild hosted the 10th annual Sydney Coxon Memorial Golf Tournament, Auction and Dinner at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett. 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 helped raise $70,000, for a grand total of $800,000 over the past decade!

  • After Sammi’s Circle Guild’s Rockin’ Barn Burner party was canceled due to predictions of a major storm, the guild held an online silent auction event among friends to benefit the hospital. Guild member Lisa Sibert and her employer, Sequoyah Electric, LLC, rallied employees to support the cause; combined with corporate donations, contributions were nearly $3,500. Sequoyah Electric has been a steadfast supporter of the guild over the years.

  • Sam and Althea Stroum On Sept. 10, the Samuel and Althea Stroum Guild held its annual “Vegas Baby: Let It Roll for Children’s” casino night and auction at The Reach in Richland. More than 150 guests enjoyed party games, a raffle, music and silent and live auctions, all while helping the guild raise $62,000 for uncompensated care. Notable auction items included a catered football party, a raffle for three Coach handbags, plus trips to Bali and South Africa.

  • Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild The 15th annual Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild Grand Clam Golf Classic sponsored by Ivar’s Restaurants was so popular that, as in prior years, tickets for the event quickly sold out. On Sept. 13, 165 golfers enjoyed a perfect links day at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo, having fun while raising more than $19,000 to benefit Seattle Children’s Heart Center.

  • Seattle Dance Marathon Winter The Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild hosted its second Color Me a Miracle 5K run/walk on Oct. 16 on the university campus, raising nearly $1,000 for uncompensated care. Fifty runners were joined by three “miracle families” – Seattle Children’s patients’ families – who painted handprints on the runners both before and after the race. This led to some fun interactions between college students and the “miracle kids.”

  • Sequim Guild Winter Santa and one of his elves brought holiday cheer and posed for photos at the Sequim Guild’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 19 at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall. More than 900 guild members and friends raised $5,000 for uncompensated care through the sale of lunch items, baked goods, jams and jellies, decorated Christmas trees and decorations, handcrafted items and antiques. At left, guild member Jan Brown posed with Santa and elf Cinda.

  • Sids Research Guild Winter Friends gathered to celebrate Superheroes for SIDS Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute on Dec. 12. The group of 75 guests helped raise $20,000 at the SIDS Research Guild event, which included a silent auction featuring 16 unique wines. Dr. Daniel Rubens, guild founder, spoke about exciting advances in SIDS research. Dr. Rubens is advocating for research that would lead to hearing tests being performed on babies within 48 hours after birth, which could detect the inner-ear dysfunction that may put babies at increased risk for SIDS. At left, guild member Judy Gehring (left) and guild president Saori Takayoshi.

  • Susannah White's Winter A record 900 trick-or-treaters joined the fun on Oct. 29 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle for Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild’s Monster Bash. The eighth annual “spooktacular” celebration offered pony rides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, photo booth, haunted house and even a visit from a fire truck! The popular kid-friendly band Recess Monkey wowed the crowd and had guests dancing and singing along, and guests eagerly signed giant handmade cards for Seattle Children’s patients spending Halloween in the hospital. University of Washington School of Dentistry students provided Tricks-and-Treats-to-Protect-Your-Teeth goodie bags, and tips on tooth-friendly Halloween treats. The guild raised more than $15,000 for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, which works to enhance quality of life for critically ill patients. Guild members gratefully acknowledge long-time sponsors St. Stephen’s Church, Craven Farm, Bronwen Houck Photography, Seattle Fire Department Engine 38, Balloon Designers, Phototainment, Party Ponies Inc. and Trophy Cupcakes and Party. The guild is also thankful for a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers from Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and Holy Names Academy.

  • Tailgaters Winter The Tailgaters Anonymous for Children’s Guild hosted its annual Sea for the Future event on Nov. 5 at Fremont Abbey Arts Center in Seattle. Guests enjoyed dancing, and silent and live auctions — which altogether raised more than $23,000 for the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. This brings the guild’s cumulative fundraising total to more than $110,000!

  • Team Becca Guild The Team Becca Guild held an evening benefit for Strong Against Cancer on Sept. 24 and raised $86,000 for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Dr. Surojit Sarkar shared exciting news about immunotherapy treatments with an audience of 150 supporters. The guild hosted live and silent auctions and a wine pull, as well as selling Team Becca-themed water bottles. Pictured at left, from left, are guild members Carter Stevenson, Leslie Ridge, Vanessa Payne and Heidi Fader, with Dr. Sarkar (center).

  • Team Rohan One of our newest guilds, Team Rohan Guild, held “An Evening of Hope” on Sept. 9 and raised more than $10,000 for Dr. Jim Olson’s brain tumor research. Dr. Chris Mehlin, a researcher in Dr. Olson’s lab, was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at AQUA by El Gaucho in Seattle. Cammy and Ashish Singh formed the guild after the loss of their son, Rohan, to a brain tumor. The Singhs are pictured at left with Dr. Mehlin (center).

  • Unspoken Angel On Nov. 3, the Unspoken Angel Guild hosted its first Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night, raising $2,000 for the hospital’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. Guests played bingo for prizes and enjoyed delicious food prepared by the students. This new event was a positive way to bring the students’ families and friends together in support of the center. At left, student John Wennenberg (left) announces the winning bingo number with Emcee Troy McVicker.