Powerful! That’s the word that comes to mind as I reflect on our annual meeting. I was awed and full of gratitude to see the many ways you power philanthropy for kids at Seattle Children’s. I feel proud to know such a dedicated group of people having fun and working hard toward a common goal.
The annual meeting is a fantastic way we come together and feel the power of our guild community; and I’m always looking for ways for us to be better connected, even if we live on opposite sides of the state. Going forward, our intention for Guild News is to deliver more of that year-round. That’s why I’m excited about our revitalized newsletter. We want to celebrate you in these pages – to share what inspires you, honor your accomplishments and get to know each other a little better. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do.
Seattle Children’s Guild Association
Social Insights: Housing Solutions for Hope Guild Doubled Its Goal With a Successful Online Fundraiser
When he heard that a patient’s mom and infant sibling were living in a car in the hospital parking lot, Scott Bingham, Seattle Children’s senior IT director, knew he had to act. Bringing together a desire to give back to his community in a meaningful way and deliver a real-world solution as part of a social-justice focused MBA, Bingham worked with his wife, Lauri, their adult children, and friends Marty and Stacia Weishaar to launch Housing Solutions for Hope Guild, the first guild dedicated to funding housing solutions for hospital patient families.
The guild’s inaugural fundraiser, Share the Love, was an online media campaign to support families who need rent or mortgage assistance while tending to a sick child (one of five housing-related needs addressed by the guild). Guild members used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to post stories and ask for donations starting at $5. They set a goal of $5,000 and raised $13,000. The guild recently helped its first five families, providing them with rent assistance while their children are in the hospital so they can keep their homes.
Bingham believes one secret to its success was identifying a common “why” – the guild’s shared purpose to secure housing for families – that was repeated every time a member posted on any platform.
“It’s insufficient for Seattle Children’s to provide world-class care if those families don’t have a safe, clean home to return to where they can continue the process of healing,” Bingham says.
And with his guild’s help, Bingham hopes that no other patient mom will ever have to spend the night in her car again.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jean Stewart Jordan Guild of Edmonds – a group whose secret to longevity involves being open to change, embracing flexibility and a shared curiosity. While they no longer hold their unforgettable Ski Fascination and Fashions in Bloom events, members contribute regularly to the hospital’s greatest needs and to their endowment supporting the cardiac intensive care unit, which has grown to $44,000 since 2003.
The women share an interest in research and regularly arrange for speakers and take hospital tours to learn about advances in pediatric care. To keep the group engaged, they present appealing programs, like flower arranging, first aid, and women’s safety along with their business meetings. Every spring, they look forward to hanging grocery tags for Purchase a Miracle, and spend weeks procuring treasures to fill the Bargain Boutiques collection truck. “We’ve come a long way since Penny Drives,” says guild co-president Kirsten Kromann.
“Seattle Children's accomplishments are so impressive and we feel good being part of them in our own small way – and all of the small contributions add up to make a big difference.”
A central focus of It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s is ensuring families can count on us today and always through legacy gifts. The most common type of legacy gift is a bequest in a will, which can be made for any amount. Other simple ways to leave a legacy include designating Seattle Children’s a beneficiary of an IRA, life insurance policy or bank account. For details, visit Legacy Giving, or email Lilah Helton or call her at 206-987-6812.
When Mary Pat Iaci heard about the Guild Association’s campaign goal of 325 members to leave legacy gifts, a lightbulb went off about something she and her husband, Vince, had previously done.
“When we made our will many years ago, it was natural for us to give something to Seattle Children’s,” she says. “Our two girls had been treated there for earaches and tonsils and they always received exceptional care – we wanted to pay that forward.”
When they finalized their will, Mary Pat didn’t know to alert the Guild Association of the hospital-designated gift. After learning about the campaign goal, she confirmed the bequest, reported it to the Guild Association and became a proud member of the Guardians’ Circle.
“People don’t realize how easy it is to leave a legacy gift, and you don’t have to give millions of dollars,” she says. “Seattle Children’s is finding cures for cancer and that takes a lot of private philanthropy – it’s exciting to be part of that.”
Mary Pat is a member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and the Guild Association Board of Trustees. She and Vince are lifelong volunteers who believe in giving back to their community. Through her guild, she has learned firsthand what families face after a child’s brain cancer diagnosis. The legacy gift from Mary Pat and Vince will fund research toward cures.
“Every legacy gift, no matter the size, ensures Seattle Children’s mission continues for the next generation of children. That’s why legacy giving is such an integral part of the It Starts With Yes campaign.”
Annual Meeting Proves Power of Philanthropy
An enthusiastic crowd of 550 resoundingly showed its collective “Power of Philanthropy” at the Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration held May 10 at The Westin Seattle hotel.
Guilds Say Yes!
A Brighter Future Guild
On April 28, A Brighter Future Guild hosted its first Superhero 5K. A marvelous squad of 200 superheroes:
- Walked, ran and “flew” along the route.
- Celebrated with music, a raffle, food trucks, a photo booth, face painting and balloon art.
- Raised more than $20,000 for uncompensated care and research!
Des Moines Auxiliary
The Des Moines Auxiliary held its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on April 18. The 120 guests:
- Discovered new spring looks by Joseph Banks.
- Entered a raffle to see West Side Story at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
- Were delighted by singer/songwriter and patient ambassador Cassidy Huff as she sang “Titanium.”
- Raised nearly $8,000 for uncompensated care!
Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild
Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild held its 7th annual Beakers and Bubbly event on March 23. More than 300 guests:
- Hobnobbed with sea urchins and harbor seals at the Seattle Aquarium.
- Bid on silent auction items and purchased wands from Brighter Future Guild.
- Raised more than $84,000 for Seattle Children’s Laboratory Department!
Friends Helping Friends Guild
Friends Helping Friends Guild held its Solid Gold Auction February 2. More than 100 guests:
- Dressed in gold for the disco-themed party.
- Busted out their “night fever” dance moves.
- Raised $50,000 for uncompensated care!
Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild
On April 27, the Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild hosted Prohibition on Cancer. Nearly 100 guests:
- Dressed in “Roaring ’20s” style.
- Applauded treatment advances presented by Dr. Mike Jensen, director of Seattle Children’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.
- Raised $70,000 for Strong Against Cancer!
Friends for Life Guild
Friends for Life Guild sells signature hand-blown glass ornaments and votives to fight childhood cancer. Guild ambassador and cancer patient Savannah designed a gorgeous teal ornament. Sales benefit Strong Against Cancer.
Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild
Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild held a memorable evening benefit on March 14. More than 200 guests:
- Had a friendly bidding war for a fully-drivable, kid-sized Porsche.
- Enjoyed music from the a capella group Puget Sound Company and members of the Garfield High School jazz band.
- Raised nearly $200,000 for OBCC!
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild hosted its annual Dutch King’s Day on April 27. Supporters wore the national color orange and:
- Snacked on veal and beef bitterballen – “Dutch meatballs” – accompanied by the finest Dutch beers.
- Won Dutch-themed raffle baskets.
- Raised more than $3,000 for the Child Life Fund!
On March 18, the ImmunoMomentum! Guild held its inaugural fundraiser: The O’Connells Take Back St. Patrick’s Day. The green-themed party was held in honor of 5-year-old Jane O’Connell, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017 and, thanks to the treatment she received at Seattle Children’s, is now in remission. Friends and supporters:
- Appreciated the fancy footwork of 21 Irish dancers.
- Sampled five Irish whiskeys.
- Competed for prizes at eight table games including cup stacking races and Connect Four.
- Raised more than $207,000 for Strong Against Cancer!
Jayme Oliver Guild
On April 27, the Jayme Oliver Guild hosted its annual Bunco Night, where 44 guests:
- Bid on planters full of colorful spring flowers.
- Played giant Connect Four and Jenga.
- Raised more $10,500 for uncompensated care!
Jean Thompson Guild
On April 27, the Jean Thompson Guild hosted its annual auction, Boots and Bling Fundraisin’ Thing! More than 300 guests:
- Enjoyed games of Heads or Tails in their best country-western duds.
- Listened to patient speaker, Zoie, share about living with hydrocephalus.
- Raised more than $130,000 for uncompensated care!
Jeannine Hedwall Guild
The Jeannine Hedwall Guild hosted An Affair of the Heart Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on April 27 in Yakima. More than 130 guests:
- Celebrated the season with fashion finds from Macy’s.
- Heard Yakima resident Whitney Stohr share her son’s journey with spina bifada.
- Raised nearly $12,000 for uncompensated care and research!
On April 25, the Kent Guild hosted its annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. More than 200 guests:
- Got seasonal inspiration from fashions by Nordstrom.
- Entered a raffle for a Holland America cruise.
- Raised more than $56,000 for uncompensated care and research!
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild held a Happy Heart Auction on February 2. Guests:
- Got sweet on bidding big at the valentine-themed annual auction.
- Raised $7,900 for uncompensated care!
Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild
On May 8, the Lloyd W. Nordstrom Guild hosted an evening with General Barry McCaffrey. Guests:
- Enjoyed wine and appetizers while the retired four-star general presented on “Challenges to National Security.”
- Raised $8,000 for uncompensated care!
O’Dea Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer Junior Guild
The O’Dea Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer Junior Guild hosted its Beards for Bros event at O’Dea High School in Seattle. During the month of March:
- A group of 45 students and faculty members donated $100 each to grow a beard – with students receiving a special reprieve from the school “no facial hair” rule.
- Those with the “best beards” received prizes.
- The guild raised more than $10,000 for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program!
Palm Springs Guild
Palm Springs Guild held a garden luncheon on March 29 for 90 guests who:
- Delighted in tales from Kate Carlisle, author of cozy mysteries.
- Raised nearly $5,300 for uncompensated care!
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
On Feb. 2, the Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild hosted a family karaoke night. Guests sang and danced to favorite songs, and guild members closed the evening with
a group rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” More than 100 attendees:
- Chose “Mamma Mia” by ABBA more often than any other song.
- Savored 30 cupcakes, four dozen cookies, and drank root beer floats.
- Took 75 wacky pics in the photo booth.
- Raised $1,000 for pediatric brain cancer research!
Project Grace Guild
On May 3, the Project Grace Guild hosted Let it Roll, its 11th annual auction and dinner. More than 200 guests:
- Tried their luck at casino games including blackjack and roulette.
- Heard Dr. Colleen Ainsley speak about the latest in cancer treatment.
- Raised $257,000 for Strong Against Cancer!
Project Kids’ Cancer Cure Guild
Project Kids’ Cancer Cure Guild hosted a Night Out for Good on April 27, and 250 guests:
- Hit the dance floor with live music from Hit Explosion.
- Raised over $100,000 for Seattle Children’s cancer clinical trials!
Preston Kuppe Guild
In partnership with Northwest Art Alliance, the Preston Kuppe Guild held its Art a la Carte luncheon and auction at the beautiful Golf Club at Newcastle May 3. Dressed for spring, guests:
- Bid on one-of-a-kind artworks, jewelry, garden art and home decor.
- Listened to OBCC Medical Director Dr. Ben Danielson share stories about his expert care team.
- Raised more than $185,000 for OBCC!
Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild
Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild joined forces with the University of Washington Dance Marathon for a shared epic day of dancing for the kids on Feb. 17.
- The guild invited UW dancers to join its event after the UW group had to cancel its marathon due to snow.
- The event raised $70,000 for uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer!
Over the winter, a group of SeaTac Guild members gathered to sew up some smiles for Seattle Children’s patients.
- They crafted more than 100 finger puppets, which will provide a fun distraction for patients who need to have a blood draw.
- Work continued by headlamp after the power went out during a particularly blustery meeting.
The Sheridan Guild hosted a Monopoly-themed Bunco Night on March 9. Guests:
- Traveled game tables from Baltic Avenue to Boardwalk where they “Took a Chance on Children’s” and “Invested in Our Community Chest.”
- Raised more than $20,000 for uncompensated care and pediatric cardiology research!
Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild
The Dr. Stanley Stamm Guild held its 11th annual spring fashion show and luncheon on March 30. Guests:
- Enjoyed spring fashions from Kohl’s modeled by current and former campers.
- Raised more than $25,000 for Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for children with complex medical conditions!
Tillicum Guild members stitch up fun for kids from their home base, the Panorama Retirement Community in Lacey. The group’s 38 active members:
- Create quilts, afghans, hats, prayer shawls, photo books and toys for Seattle Children’s patients.
- Will celebrate 50 years as a guild next year.
- Logged 6,862 volunteer hours last year!
3 Rivers Guild
The 3 Rivers Guild held its annual Chili Cook-Off on March 23 in Richland. More than 90 guests:
- Tasted and judged a variety of chilis by six home chefs.
- Enjoyed a performance by singer Curtis Nettles.
- Raised more than $4,000 for uncompensated care!
Allen-Miller Guild held the For the Love of Kids 5K fun run in Port Orchard on March 10. Runners:
- Turned out for the event, despite having to change the date due to snow.
- Raised more than $800 for uncompensated care!
Angie W. Harrison and Dr. T.C. Baldwin Guilds
On November 18, the Angie W. Harrison and Dr. T.C. Baldwin Guilds in Port Orchard spread holiday cheer during their 21st annual Sleigh of Dreams Shopping and Holiday Raffle. Together they:
- Filled two luxury passenger buses for a day of holiday shopping.
- Raffled 100 sparkly holiday gifts en route.
- Checked off myriad holiday wish lists.
- Raised nearly $4,000 for uncompensated care!
Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild
The Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild invited friends to a tea party and raffle with the theme If Teacups Could Talk on May 4. Guests:
- Dressed for the occasion in lace, pearls and over-the-top hats.
- Jane Cassinelli shared about her son, Tyler, a Seattle Children's patient who lives with a rare genetic disorder.
- Raised $5,000 for uncompensated care!