Bringing Our “A” Game for Seattle Children’s

Fall Trip

“I am so thankful for the steadfast support of our guests and sponsors. We are excited to see how our contribution will help achieve Seattle Children’s goals to improve the health of children in our region and beyond!”

– Jan Sinegal, founder, Friends of Costco Guild

Friends of Costco Guild’s Annual Children’s Golf Classic – A Perfect Swing for Seattle Children’s

Fall Friends of Costco Clear skies beckoned throngs of supporters to the Friends of Costco Guild’s traditional August weekend of fundraising entertainment. And the results were astounding: The 18th annual Children’s Golf Classic raised more than $9 million for uncompensated care!

Major sponsors attended a private VIP reception at the Seattle Art Museum on Aug. 19, followed by a dinner and concert at Safeco Field the next day. More than 1,500 generous hospital fans gathered to dine and hear featured speakers including NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens and Seattle Children’s patient mom Andie Johnson. The evening ended with a lively boot-stomping concert featuring award-winning country music star Luke Bryan.

The golf tournament opened early Aug. 21 with a remarkable show of support around Puget Sound, as 1,200 golfers teed off at nine area golf courses.

Guild members are especially grateful to these Classic Circle of Care sponsors: Costco Wholesale, agron/Adidas, Allied Marketing, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Cargill, Citi, Earth Friendly Products, General Mills, Henkel, Jasco Products Company, JBS/Pilgrim’s, Mastronardi Produce/Sunset, Niagara Bottling, Nice-Pak, Tarantino Wholesale Foods, Trident Seafoods, United Legwear & Apparel Co. and the Sinegal Family Foundation.

Reaching for the Moon

Fall Project Grace All bets were on at Project Grace Guild’s ninth annual dinner and auction held May 19 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club in Snoqualmie. Members and supporters helped the guild surpass its fundraising “personal best” to raise $195,000 for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’sBen Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and uncompensated care.

At the event, titled Shoot the Moon, guests competed for hot auction items including a football signed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Las Vegas. Seattle Children’s Heart Center transplant patient Bella Anderson shared the story of her illness and recovery, which included a surprise prom held on the hospital’s rooftop garden, followed the next day by a bigger surprise – the news that she would finally be getting a new heart.

Art With Heart

Fall Preston Kuppe It was also a memorable record-breaking fundraising year for the Preston Kuppe Guild, which hosted its 11th annual Art à la Carte Auction and Luncheon May 5 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. More than 200 guild members and art lovers raised $140,000 for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). The guild is proud to take on this new fundraising focus and support this long-time Seattle Children’s primary care clinic. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed silent and live auctions featuring the work of Northwest artists. Speaker Mark Fadool, clinical director of mental health services at OBCC, shared his vision about how to build on the clinic’s successful community-based healthcare efforts.

Gifts With a Personal Touch

One thing that makes the Guild Association unique is the variety of ways our members support Seattle Children’s. The guilds often brighten patients’ days in the hospital with “heartwarming” gifts such as handcrafted items, toys and books. Thanks to the guilds listed below for bringing smiles to kids all year long!

Fall Ahmies Hope Guild Ahmie's Hope Guild Ahmie’s Hope Guild delighted Seattle Children’s patients with several surprise toy deliveries throughout the year.

Dr Carl S Leed Dr. Carl S. Leede Guild of Edmonds

For the past five years, members of the Dr. Carl S. Leede Guild of Edmonds have crafted by hand valentines to brighten gray February days for patients.

Fall Tom Dooley Dr. Tom Dooley Guild of Olympia

In March, the Dr. Tom Dooley Guild of Olympia created unique coloring books for hospital patients. The guild taps the talent of member Carol Hannum, an artist who brings the pages to life, and each animal illustration is accompanied by a custom rhyme. After the artwork is complete, guild members gather to fold and stitch together 100 of the books, which are then packaged with crayons and delivered to patients.

Katie’s Comforters Guild members bring a little piece of home to hospital patients in the form of handcrafted blankets – last year they delivered nearly 400. The guild brings new knitted, crocheted, fleece and flannel blankets and quilts to Seattle Children’s, and their heartwarming support is backed by a caring community. Karen Gerstenberger founded the guild in honor of her daughter Katie, who died from a rare cancer in 2007 at age 12.

Gerstenberger’s brother-in-law, Stu Cordova, owns Auto Connections of Bellevue and designated the guild as a beneficiary of the company’s charitable giving program. Those who purchase vehicles through the used-car company get to direct a portion of the sale to one of three local charities. Last year the guild received $2,500 through this program, which members used to purchase blanket-making supplies. The guild is deeply grateful for this ongoing support.

“I didn’t ask for this. This came from his heart,” Gerstenberger says. “Stu could have picked any charity, and there are lots of charities out there. He could have chosen something that might have brought his company more recognition, as we’re a small guild. It means a great deal to us, and it’s such a loving way for him to honor Katie’s memory.”

What is your favorite guild activity?

Bloom for Children's Guild

Fall Sue Cowan Bloom for Children’s Guild is a community of passionate gardeners dedicated to nurturing Seattle Children’s grounds as healing spaces and a sanctuary for patients, families and staff. My favorite guild activities provide members the opportunity to ‘roll up their sleeves’ alongside the hospital’s talented grounds crew to propagate plants, tend the organic vegetable garden, or create holiday wreaths from greens foraged on campus. Belonging to the guild has become deeply personal for me since my sister passed away a few years ago. She was a guild member also, and my inspiration for understanding the deep therapeutic power of plants and nature.”

– Sue Cowan, member, Bloom for Children’s Guild

What is an unexpected benefit of being part of a Seattle Children’s guild?

Beards for Bros

Fall Andrew Walker “In the spirit of brotherhood at O’Dea High School, we host an annual fundraiser called Beards for Bros to support Seattle Children’s fight against childhood cancer. For $100, a student can choose to grow facial hair rather than meet the ‘clean-shaven’ requirement of our school. Each participant receives a Beards for Bros Pass, allowing them to sport facial hair for the month of March. We have finally found a legal way to break an O’Dea Student Handbook rule, and for an amazing cause!”

– Andrew Walker, president, O’Dea Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer Guild

Round of Applause

  • Fall Aileen Intro Letter

    We’ve just wrapped up another celebratory string of summer fundraisers to support Seattle Children’s patients and their families. Reading the cover story of this issue of Guild News, I’m again reminded of the Guild Association’s long-term commitment to uncompensated care. Thank you for your outstanding dedication to the hospital’s founding promise to provide care to all children of our region, regardless of their ability to pay. I frequently hear personal stories that illustrate the far-reaching, life-changing impacts of these vital gifts – and you can feel proud to be instrumental in these efforts!

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

  • Fall Bloom for Children

    Bloom for Children’s Guild hosted its annual summer garden party and wine-tasting Aug. 6 at a private home in Woodinville. Guild members enjoyed exceptional wines, dinner and a silent auction. They helped raise more than $16,000 for Seattle Children’s Grounds Department.

  • Fall Bridge the Gap The new Bridge the Gap Guild held a happy hour at Big Block Brewery in Sammamish on Aug. 26 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed handcrafted beers and pizza under sunny skies. The inaugural event raised awareness about the guild, and supporters contributed more than $2,600.

  • Fall Bubble Bash The Bubble Bash Guild hosted a new event in May at the Mountaineers Club in Seattle. More than 125 attendees joined guild members for a catered dinner followed by silent and live auctions. Items up for bid included vacation destinations, Husky football game tickets, a signed Russell Wilson jersey and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback’s Nikes. The guild raised more than $48,000 to help Seattle Children’s patients attend Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for children with complex medical conditions.

  • Fall Color Me Happy July 22 dawned sunny for the Color Me Happy Guild’s annual summer fundraiser. More than 100 guild members and friends met at the Links at Interbay in Seattle to enjoy a fun day of mini golf and raise nearly $7,000 to benefit Seattle Children’s Therapeutic Play Fund. The 18-hole course offered some fun “mini challenges,” and after the game the golfers gathered to recount their best shots over refreshments.

  • Fall Coltons Army On July 24, more than 130 golfers hit the links at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville in support of Colton’s Army Guild. The guild was honored to be chosen by Wesco, an automotive paint and equipment supply company based in Lynnwood, as the charitable focus of its annual golf tournament. Colton, now 17 years old, turned out to golf with his friends for the cause. He was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 9 and has been fighting back ever since. The event raised more than $30,000 for Strong Against Cancer, a national initiative inspired by discoveries at Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. The guild extends a huge thanks to Wesco, the Fazio family, Bandits Nation, and Colton’s Army for making the event such a success.

  • Fall Crush Kids The Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild gathered a powerful group of 60 cyclists who pedaled miles for pediatric cancer research at the guild’s annual fundraising highlight; the Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic held July 15 and 16. Riders collected pledges from Seattle Children’s supporters to raise more than $50,000 for the cause. Cyclists were treated to TLC along the route with massages, catered meals and other rejuvenating rewards for their efforts. “It’s a lot of work not having just one event, but I think we end up being far more productive than we could be with a single event,” says guild member Erik Stuhaug, an avid cyclist who completed the STP in one day. “And it helps a lot that we have an amazing group of volunteers and board members who work very hard to make it work.”

  • Fall Dream Builders Nearly 100 guests joined members of the Dream Builders Guild for a Casino Night on May 6 at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Attendees enjoyed appetizers and drinks while bidding on items in a silent auction, including a Fairmont Hotel suite; a baseball signed by former major league baseball player and Seattle Mariners coach, Edgar Martinez; and a box seat for a Seattle Sounders game. The guild extends a special thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop for its donation of 100 bears, which guests could purchase for hospital patients. The WubbaNub company also donated its signature animal pacifiers for guild members to deliver to the hospital. The evening’s proceeds totaled $12,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Fall Dr. Samuel Brooks The annual Anacortes Home and Boat Tour sponsored by the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild helped raise $16,000 for uncompensated care. The tour featured five homes, including a restored historic Craftsman and a tiny house, which sold after being showcased at the May 20 event. Ticket holders were also treated to tour boats at Cap Sante Boat Haven at the Port of Anacortes.

  • Fall Eastside Friends The Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild held its 15th Annual Black and Bling: Girls’ Night Out charity auction at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore on May 20. More than 125 enthusiastic women in black (and bling) helped raise $82,000 for uncompensated care. Guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks and desserts while bidding on auction items, including Mexican and Hawaiian vacations, a Seattle Sounders package with a jersey signed by forward Jordan Morris, and a Seattle Seahawks package featuring a football signed by quarterback Russell Wilson.

  • Fall Alyssa Burnett Guild The Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild welcomed 180 Seattle Children’s supporters to its 14th annual Alyssa Burnett Unspoken Angel Invitational. The weekend kicked off with an auction at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge on July 15, followed the next day by a golf tournament at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Redmond. Guild members and friends raised nearly $300,000 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.

  • Fall Friends of Kathi Goertzen Members of the Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild hosted their inaugural event, Driving Cures – a dinner, with silent and live auctions on Aug. 19 at an event venue in Kirkland with a vintage-car theme. Former long-time reporter and news anchor Dan Lewis of KOMO TV emceed this event, which raised more than $78,000 to benefit Strong Against Cancer.

  • Fall Gabriel Warner On Aug. 12, the Gabriel William Warner Gift Guild held the Gabriel Golf Classic event to raise funds for Seattle Children’s Journey Program. The Journey Program provides support to families that have experienced the death of a child, helping them cope with loss and the grieving process. Gabriel’s mother and guild founder Giselle Warner says, “Thanks to this unique program, we have baby books, hand-printed ornaments and Gabriel’s plaster footprints to remember our sweet little boy. They also provided us with free counseling services and support groups.” This year, the guild raised a record $8,500. Pictured at left are Giselle, Grant and Griffin Warner.

  • Gavins Gift Guild A crowd of 100 gathered Aug. 12 for summer fun to help Gavin’s Gift Guild raise more than $12,000 for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. The barbecue and auction were held at a private home on Arrow Lake in Burien, where guests celebrated with great food, swimming and the popular golden retriever tennis-ball raffle – winners were chosen based on balls the dog retrieved. Hot auction items included a football autographed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and tickets to the Broadway hit Hamilton.

  • Fall Golden Eagles The Golden Eagles Junior Guild hosted its first benefit concert on June 16 in Newcastle, featuring The Velvet Mornings, a local alternative pop band with a growing following. Friends and family gathered for a fun-filled evening of food, prizes and great music. Seattle Children’s patient Marques Mar shared his story with attendees. The guild raised more than $700 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Guild members are pictured at left with Marques Mar.

  • Fall Hansje Brinker Founded by a group of women of Dutch heritage, the Hansje Brinker Guild celebrated Dutch King’s Day April 29 at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville. This annual holiday in the Netherlands is marked by country wide festivities to mark King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. Guild supporters donned orange outfits to honor the monarchy of the Netherlands, which is known as the “House of Orange.” More than 450 visitors helped raise more than $15,000 at the Dutch-themed event, which featured children’s games, a silent auction, flea market, puppet show, plus Dutch food, beer and music. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Child Life Department, which provides positive hospital experiences for children and teens, with an emphasis on play.

  • Fall Hope for Eloise The newly formed Hope for Eloise Guild presented its Hope Concert for Eloise and silent auction on Aug. 12 at the Auburn Riverside Theatre. More than 100 guests attended the live performance, where they were treated to opera duets and trios, classical voice solos, piano solos, viola and piano duets, and a performance by the Washington Chamber Ensemble. The guild raised more than $17,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Fall Imagine Guild A giving community of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for the Imagine Guild’s annual dinner and auction at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma on July 15 as part of a weekend of fundraising activities. The next day, motorcyclists gathered at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn for Children’s Ride 22. The route ended at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma, where they enjoyed a celebratory barbecue and live music. These guild members and supporters raised $220,000 for uncompensated care and research at Seattle Children’s.

  • Fall Island Friends Dina Wampold and Jennie King presented the Carlisle and ASH + AMES fall collections at a benefit hosted by the Island Friends Junior Guild. More than 30 guests gathered July 26 for a fun evening of style and shopping at the Mercer Island Country Club. They raised more than $2,000 and have generously donated a portion of the sales to the Psychiatric and Behavioral Medicine Unit. Pictured (from left) are guild members Tara Manhas and Claire Humphrey.

  • Fall Jacquish Dukelow On June 3, the Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild presented Route 66 – The Road to a Cure, at an event venue in Kirkland with a vintage-car theme. Guests enjoyed exploring a private car collection, live music and great food, while helping to raise more than $63,000 for Dr. Jim Olson’s pediatric brain tumor research. Pictured (from left) are Leslie Groberman, Dr. Jim Olson, Jana Lindeman and Jim Jaquish.

  • Fall Kare 4 Kids Kare4Kids Guild hosted Kolor2 on Aug. 27, where Seattle Children’s supporters playfully covered each other with a rainbow of gulal, colored powders used in Hindu festivals. After the painting party, the crowd enjoyed Indian street food and a barbecue, a raffle and a silent auction. The group raised more than $14,000 to benefit research, education and uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Department of Neurology.

  • Fall LAX Chicks Eastside girls interested in learning lacrosse turned out for the LAX Chicks for Children’s Junior Guild camp in August. Sammamish High School lacrosse players coached young athletes through drills and scrimmages at the Kirkland Lacrosse Center. The camp benefited uncompensated care.

  • Fall Olympia Cares The new Olympia Cares Guild hosted the Olympia Pub Crawl on Aug. 12. A crowd of 400 friends and family gathered in support of Seattle Children’s and enjoyed a night of great food, music and prizes. The guild raised $11,000 for Seattle Children’s cancer clinical trials. Pictured (from left) are guild member Tiffin Moreno and guild president Molly Sjoboen.

  • Fall Pearly Whites The Pearly Whites Junior Guild hosted its Summer Cinema at the Gorge featuring the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Aug. 11 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. On a warm summer night, more than 400 guests kicked back on blankets and in lawn chairs to take in the sunset followed by the movie overlooking the Columbia River. The guild raised $3,500 for Seattle Children’s Dental Medicine Department.

  • Fall Precious Hearts The Precious Hearts Junior Guild based in North Bend kicked off its fundraising efforts by selling custom-designed, heart-shaped gold pendant necklaces at the Guild Association Annual Meeting. The guild raised $500 for pediatric heart research. Pictured (from left) are guild members Peyton Wright, Ally Tiryakioglu and Kat Blanton.

  • Fall Project Care Proceeds from sales of the 2017 Seattle Children’s calendar raised $71,000 for uncompensated care. Established in 1938 and managed by the Project Care Guild, the calendar project is a success thanks to guild members across Washington state who distribute calendars to grocery stores and other businesses, which then sell them to customers. To learn how to join this long-standing, all-guild tradition (2018 marks the 80th edition!) – please email Barbara Mann.

  • Fall Run for Childrens The Run for Children’s Guild’s Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk was the place to be on Aug. 19 in Woodinville. An enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 supporters laced up their sneakers to take on the 10K race, 5K run/walk or kids dash, helping to raise $90,000 for uncompensated care. The popular after-party revived runners with food and wine.

  • Fall Sequim Guild The Sequim Guild hosted its ninth annual Garage and Plant Sale July 21 through 23 in Sequim. More than 500 Olympic Peninsula shoppers enjoyed a variety of secondhand treasures and one-of-a-kind plants. Their purchases added up to nearly $9,500 to support uncompensated care. Pictured at left, guild member Patty Morrissey shows off some great deals on the sale’s opening day.

  • Fall Sovren SOVREN (The Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts) and the SOVREN Guild hosted two signature summer racing events. On June 16, the guild presented the eighth annual Pacific Northwest Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park in Kent, which raised $80,000 for uncompensated care. Then, June 30 through July 2, crowds thronged Pacific Raceways in Kent for the 29th annual Pacific Northwest Historics – the premier vintage sports car race in the Northwest, drawing competitors from all over the West and beyond. Vintage-vehicle fans helped bring a strong finish for the guild’s fundraising efforts, raising a cumulative $400,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Fall Susan Campbell In early August, the four-day C-Fair Charity Horse Show in Monroe benefited from the combined talents of members of the Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and the Alan Richard Howard Guild. Together, they helped raise nearly $2,000 for uncompensated care as visitors enjoyed events and vendors’ wares at the Evergreen Equestrian Park. Guild members thank show sponsor Morgan Horse Club of Washington State for supporting Seattle Children’s at one of the best multi-breed horse shows in the region. Pictured are competitors in the Costume Sweepstakes Junior Exhibitor Class, “El Toro.”

  • Fall Susannah White On July 27, Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild hosted its 9th annual Bunco Night at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle. Friends and supporters turned out for the fun and friendly dice game, a dessert auction and lots of great prizes. They raised more than $5,000 to support Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which works to enhance the quality of life for patients and families dealing with life-threatening illness. Guests were treated to a special live musical performance by 15-year-old Children’s patient Cassidy Huff, who played the ukulele and sang a song for the crowd. Cassidy has received support from PACT, including a birthday party held last year in the hospital’s rooftop garden on the day before her 39th surgery. Pictured here, guild founder Amy White (in yellow skirt at left) and her husband, Seattle Children’s Dr. Klane White (in yellow shirt at right), presented a check to the PACT team representing the guild’s annual gift to date.

  • Fall Swim for Childrens It was a perfect day to swim Lake Washington for 500 participants in the Swim for Children’s Guild’s 13th annual Park to Park Swim held Aug. 27. Swimmers chose the classic one-way route of 1.3 miles or challenged themselves with a “double dip” round-trip effort from O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland to Matthews Beach Park in Seattle and back. The guild is thankful to its group of dedicated fans and swimmers, who helped raise more than $45,000 for Seattle Children’s Emergency Patient Assistance Fund, which provides food, clothing and transportation for families in need.

  • Fall Tri-Cities Junior Guild Aug. 12 was a hot day for a race, but that didn’t stop a group of 65 enthusiastic Seattle Children’s supporters from turning out for the Tri-Cities Junior Guild’s annual Miles 4 Smiles Fun Run on Clover Island in Kennewick. Family and friends gathered at the starting line to run either the one-mile dash or a 5K. Runners got a workout while helping the guild raise $3,500 for uncompensated care.