We Celebrate Your Incredible Gifts!
“We are so proud of all of our guilds and are in awe of their efforts in this record-breaking year! Together we helped raise $13 million to provide world-class healthcare and advance cures for the kids of this region – and the world.”
Mitochondrial Research Guild Makes Mighty Contribution
With the theme “Mito and Me: Small But Mighty!,” featuring the stories of Seattle Children’s mito patients, the Mitochondrial Research Guild presented its 13th annual Cure for Mito Auction and Dinner at Willows Lodge in Woodinville on Sept. 26. More than 150 supporters helped raise over $270,000 for mitochondrial research as they enjoyed a reception featuring silent and live auctions, games and a four-course dinner by chef Bobby Moore accompanied by JM Cellars wines. Guild members were honored to welcome the guest speakers: Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, and mito superheroes Drs. Russ Saneto and Phil Morgan.
Run of Hope Seattle Races to Raise $490,000
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle co-produced Run of Hope Seattle on Sept. 27 at Seward Park. More than 1,900 participants crossed the finish line in this outstanding annual race in support of pediatric brain tumor research; the event has raised more than $2 million over the past seven years.
A Rockin’ SMooCH for Seattle Children’s
For the past four years, the Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital (SMooCH) Guild has brought together local musicians to “rock the Showbox” in support of uncompensated care at Children’s. On Dec. 5, the audience cheered on a stellar lineup of favorite Northwest bands, including headliners the Afghan Whigs, Sir-Mix-a-Lot, Mary Lambert, and Grace Love and the True Loves. The event has nearly doubled its earnings each year, with the 2015 show raising nearly $3 million from ticket sales, silent auction sales and direct donations. New this year: VIP ticket holders enjoyed unique food and wine experiences with local celebrity chefs.
LUMA Guild Shines Bright
On Sept. 9, the LUMA Guild’s (formerly the Symphony Guild) founder and president, Mateo Messina, hosted the Discussing the Cure dinner at a private residence in Bellevue. Messina prepared a gourmet meal for 25 guests, who learned about new developments in cancer research. The guild also hosted Rocktober Fest on Oct. 3 at the Georgetown Brewery in Seattle.
On Nov. 6, the guild ignited Benaroya Hall with its signature annual music event – this year, the premiere of “Firelight.” Written by Grammy-winning composer Messina, this is the 18th concert in a series of original works. Sela Tuiono, a Children’s patient and artist, performed an original song she wrote with Messina. Combined, the three events generated $330,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.
Frances W. Nordstrom Guild Celebrates 30 Years
The Frances W. Nordstrom Guild celebrated 30 years of inspiration and giving at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on Nov. 13. More than 240 guests attended the event, themed “Back to the Future,” and enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing.
The guild honored charter guild members and Debra Holland, guild founder and founding president, who reflected on the guild’s contributions over the years. Dr. Ruth A. MacDonald, an attending physician and medical director of solid organ transplantation at Seattle Children’s, introduced patient Christal Hays, who spoke of her family’s journey and hospital experiences throughout her treatment for a rare genetic kidney disease. Supporters raised $163,000 for uncompensated care through sponsorships, a raffle, a mini live auction and a paddle raise.