Guilds Generosity Motivates Others to Give Big
“The high point of our summer is the Children’s Golf Classic, when our members and supporters gather to support the kids at Seattle Children’s. It’s so exciting to see 1,700 people come together to play a part in saving the lives of the children!”
Friends of Costco Guild’s 19th Annual Children’s Golf Classic – Driving Seattle Children’s Into the Future
The sky was the limit for Friends of Costco Guild’s August lineup of fundraising entertainment. The guild’s Children’s Golf Classic hit a hole-in-one by raising a record $10 million for uncompensated care!
Major sponsors attended a private VIP reception at Chihuly Garden & Glass on August 11, followed by a dinner and concert at Safeco Field the next day. More than 1,500 generous hospital fans gathered for a festive dinner and a short program featuring Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, and Seattle Children’s patient mom Dani Cole. Seattle local and international star Dave Matthews and Dave Matthews Band member Tim Reynolds lit up the stage as the crowd danced to fan favorites like “Crash Into Me” and “What Would You Say.”
The golf tournament opened early August 13 with a remarkable show of support around Puget Sound, as 1,200 golfers hit the links at nine area golf courses.
Guild members greatly appreciate their core sponsors: Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco; agron/adidas; Allied Marketing; Angie’s Artisan Treats; Cargill, Inc.; Citi; Earth Friendly Products; General Mills, Inc.; Henkel; Jasco Products Company; JBS USA; Mastronardi Produce/Sunset; Niagara Bottling; Nice-Pak; Tarantino Wholesale Foods; Trident Seafoods; United Legwear & Apparel Co.; and the Sinegal Family Foundation.
The ladies of the Project Grace Guild played up a “Color My World” theme by ditching their traditional black dresses to wear brightly colored attire to their 10th dinner and auction in May. More than 230 guests toasted the guild’s anniversary over dinner and drinks at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Larry Snyder’s lively banter fueled friendly bidding wars during the live auction, Kendra Scott Jewelry provided gorgeous accessories for a “jewelry grab,” and the guild sold commemorative 10th anniversary beer and wine glasses. Through the combined generosity of attendees and a matching gift of $40,000 from the Jack R. MacDonald Fund, the guild raised $285,000 for uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer – a new record!
The Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild welcomed 180 Seattle Children’s supporters to its 15th annual Alyssa Burnett Unspoken Angel Invitational. The anniversary event weekend kicked off with an auction at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge on July 14, followed the next day by a tournament at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Redmond. Guild members and friends raised nearly $325,000 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.
The Rocktaves, made up of students from the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center and pictured here, impressed the audience with their performance of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” during the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild auction in July.
“Guilds step in to fill the gap for a variety of services that help families thrive, like the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild that supports special programs for adults with autism and developmental disabilities.”
“I say yes to Seattle Children’s because I can walk today. I was born with my feet positioned almost backward. Amazing Seattle Children’s surgeons corrected the problem with cutting-edge surgery, but cautiously advised that they didn’t know how long it would last. Forty-four years later my feet still work just fine, and I’m forever grateful to those surgeons and the uncompensated care fund that helped my mom cover the cost of this life-changing surgery.”
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Round of Applause
I want to thank you for such a fun summer full of inspiring events!
One of my favorite parts of this job is experiencing firsthand the many ways you all say yes to Seattle Children’s. Even though we come from all over the Northwest, we work together – and the payoff for this collaboration is immense. Thanks to your devotion to helping all children live the healthiest, most fulfilling lives possible, we are expecting this to be another extremely strong guild fundraising fiscal year.
Seattle Children’s Guild Association
The Adaline Coffman Guild hosted Bike N Brew, a historic tour of Chehalis and Centralia, on July 21. A group of 40 riders enjoyed a bicycle tour led by staff from the Lewis County Historical Museum. Riders swapped stories and cooled off after their ride with a beer at Dick’s Brewing. The guild raised $2,200 for uncompensated care. Pictured, from left, are Sara Potter, Jody Hill, guild members Cory Moses and Terry Wentworth, and Allison Beller.
The Alan Richard Howard Guild hosted its 30th annual Pie Party in May at a private home in Renton. Guild members baked and shared their favorite pies – paying each other for each slice, with all proceeds to benefit Seattle Children’s. They then auctioned off the remaining pies during a spirited but friendly bidding war. The guild raised more than $1,300 for uncompensated care.
On May 9, the Allen-Miller Guild hosted a tea and silent auction at the First Christian Church in Port Orchard for 110 members and guests who enjoyed a presentation about the hospital and musical entertainment. The group raised more than $6,000 for uncompensated care through a silent auction of delicious cakes and baskets donated by local businesses. Pictured at left are guild member Toni Huebert with her daughter, Susan Knox, and granddaughter, Keali Linn Nelson. The three baked and decorated cupcakes and cakes for the silent auction.
On June 2, the Clare Beckett Guild hosted its Love & Laughter event at the historic Keewaydin Clubhouse on Mercer Island. A group of 100 supporters turned out for cocktails and laughs courtesy of nationally renowned stand-up comedian Kermet Apio. The guild raised more than $40,000 for uncompensated care.
On July 21, a group of Seattle Children’s supporters hit the mini links at the Interbay Golf Center in Seattle for the Color Me Happy Guild’s annual Putt for Children’s fundraiser. Fun was had by all as they rounded the 18-hole course trying to beat par on their way toward raising $6,300 for the therapeutic play program in Seattle Children’s Child Life Department.
The Desert Sun Guild hosted its Spring Gala on May 19 at Tagaris Winery in Richland. Mark and Charisa Corenllison of the Tri-Cities shared the story of their son Aidan, who in 2016 was treated at Seattle Children’s for stage 4 kidney cancer. The family relocated to Seattle for 10 months while 7-year-old Aidan received treatment. Happy to report that he is doing well, they expressed their gratitude for the medical care Aidan received and to the guilds who support uncompensated care. The guild raised more than $56,000 for uncompensated care.
Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild held its annual Girls Night Out Black and Bling auction on May 19 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. More than 120 guests enjoyed food, wine, raffles and the chance to purchase glassybaby votives. Guests also bid in both silent and live auctions and heard a presentation by Kayla Orejuela, who shared the story of her daughter’s journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment. The guild raised more than $105,000 with an additional $30,000 match from the Jack R. MacDonald Fund. Over the past 17 years, the guild has raised more than $600,000, with the majority going to support uncompensated care.
On July 20, the Gabriel Pigotti Memorial Guild hosted its annual summer Karting Day. The day started at Maserati of Seattle, where drivers received a sendoff before heading to PGP Motorsports Park in Kent. More than 100 racers and spectators turned out for the race, with Elida Pigotti, Gabriel’s mom, waving the start flag at the track. The guild raised more than $30,000 to support therapeutic play through Seattle Children’s Child Life Department.
The Gabriel William Warner Gift Guild held the Gabriel Golf Classic and silent auction on August 11 at the Interbay Golf Center in Seattle. The event honored the life of Gabriel Warner on what would have been his 5th birthday. The guild raised more than $8,400 for Seattle Children’s Journey Program, which provides support to families that have experienced the death of a child, helping them cope with loss and the grieving process. Alice Ryan, Journey Program director, spoke about understanding grief, its long-term effects and how the program supports bereaved families. Pictured, from left, are Grant and Giselle Warner with Sabrina Mashburn holding Griffin Warner.
On August 11, Gavin’s Gift Guild held a summer barbecue fundraiser at a private home in Puyallup. More than 75 supporters enjoyed a tasty grilled dinner, raffle and silent auction, while helping to raise $13,000 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program.
A full house turned out for Hope for Eloise Guild’s second Hope Concert, a Washington Chamber Ensemble performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass held June 3. More than 340 attendees enjoyed an evening of music at the Auburn Riverside Theatre, while helping the guild raise $3,000 for uncompensated care.
On June 12, Hope on the Hill Guild hosted a Raise the Dough event at Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop in the Issaquah Highlands. The businesses donated 20% of all sales that day to Seattle Children’s. The guild raised $1,350 for uncompensated care. Pictured is guild member Erin Michael with her children, who invited passersby to grab a pie or a scoop for a good cause.
This summer, the Imagine Guild’s Children’s Ride 23 raised an impressive $214,000 for uncompensated care and research. Kicking off with a dinner and auction July 14 at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma, the following day more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts rode from Auburn to Tacoma, where they celebrated with a barbecue and live music.
On May 19, the Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild hosted Cure for Cancer at Factory Luxe in the iconic Rainier Brewery building in Seattle. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and silent and mini live auctions, and raised $60,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. Dr. Jim Olson shared news about his lab’s groundbreaking discoveries and thanked the guild for their dedication to advancing these efforts. Pictured, from left, are Jim Jaquish; Jana Dukelow; Laura and Atom Coffman; Leslie Groberman; and Dr. Olson.
The Jean Thompson Guild hosted its 36th annual auction at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon on April 28. The derby-themed auction and dinner brought together more than 300 members and friends who raised $110,000 for uncompensated care. In addition to a live auction, guests enjoyed a photo booth, dessert dash, silent auction and raise-the-paddle.
On May 20, friends and family of Mitochondrial Research Guild members came together for a golf tournament and silent auction at Heron Links at Willows Run in Redmond. A group of 42 golfers joined with other supporters to raise more than $15,000. The tournament was started by high school golfers in honor of their neighbor, Calvin Bertsch, who has mitochondrial disease. The tradition has continued for the past 7 years, with a succession of teens helping to raise more than $100,000 for mitochondrial disease research. Pictured, from left, are mitochondrial patient Calvin Bertsch, mitochondrial disease expert Dr. Phil Morgan and teens who helped organize the tournament.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild gathered for Hops of Hope on July 2 at the Lagunitas Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary in Ballard. More than 100 supporters sipped the latest brews as they helped raise $3,000 for Seattle Children’s brain tumor research. Complimentary pizza was provided by the Ballard Pizza Company. Pictured, from left, are guild members Erin Cordry, Michael Hirschler and Mary Pat Iaci, with restauranteur Ethan Stowell.
On April 4, the Silverdale Guild took its guests on a day-trip to Hawaii during an aloha-infused luncheon themed Mana‘olana (Hope), Ma‘lama (Care), Hoolaia (Cure). More than 100 guests shook off the Northwest rain to warm up with entertainment by Polynesian dancers; silent and live auctions; and a photo booth at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton. Patient mom Brandi Hammon spoke about experiences at Seattle Children’s with her son, who was diagnosed with autism. And former Guild Association Board of Trustees chair Judy Ogden shared news about the It Starts With Yes campaign. The guild raised $14,500 for uncompensated care.
In early August, the four-day C-Fair Charity Horse Show in Monroe benefited from the combined talents of the Susan Campbell Woodin Guild and the Alan Richard Howard Guild. Guild members thank show sponsor Morgan Horse Club of Washington State for supporting Seattle Children’s uncompensated care through proceeds from one of the best multi-breed horse shows in the region. Pictured: Joyce Jackson (middle), of the Susan Campbell Woodin Guild, was honored by show organizers for 31 years of C-Fair volunteer service.
On July 26, Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild hosted its 10th annual Bunco Night at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Guests enjoyed fun and festive competition, party snacks, a dessert auction and great prizes. The evening raised $5,000 for Children’s Palliative Care Program. Pictured, from left, are guild members Mandy Breedt, Mindi Bohrer, Amy White, Mary Acker and Liz McHugh.
On June 15, the Team Seattle Guild hosted the 9th annual Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park in Kent. Fifteen teams enjoyed a friendly competition and raised more than $76,000 supporting Seattle Children’s. Pictured, from left, are guild members Larry and Elna Duffield with Donna and Don Kitch.
Guilds that direct guild proceeds to research with gifts of $2,500 or more join Research Champions, a Seattle Children’s donor membership program that supports Seattle Children’s Research Institute in its search for lifesaving cures. Last year, 62 guilds became Research Champions, and this year we hope to reach 66 Research Champion guilds. Say yes to becoming a 2018 Research Champions guild by designating guild proceeds to research by December 31. To learn more, email the Guild Association or call 206-987-2153.
- Aaron Matthews SIDS Research Guild
- Adaline Coffman Guild
- Ahmie’s Hope Guild
- Butterfly Guild
- Clare Beckett Guild
- Colton’s Army Guild
- Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild
- Daughters Guild
- Desert Sun Guild
- Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild
- Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild
- Dr. Samuel Gordon Brooks Guild
- Eastside Friends of Children’s Guild
- Frances W. Nordstrom Guild
- Friends for Life Guild
- Friends of Alyssa Burnett Guild
- Friends of Costco Guild
- Friends of Kathi Goertzen Guild
- Garfield Guild
- Gift of Immunity Guild
- Heart Research Guild
- Holly Guild
- Hope on the Hill
- Hydrocephalus Research Guild
- Imagine Guild
- Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Research Guild
- Jeannine Hedwall Guild
- Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild
- Juleesa’s Smiles Guild
- Kare4Kids Guild
- KC Howard Guild
- Kent Guild
- LUMA Guild
- Marion Finley Guild
- Mercer Island Guild
- Milnora De B Roberts Guild
- Miracle House Guild
- Mitochondrial Research Guild
- Olympia Cares Guild
- Pat Harris Trilogy Guild
- Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild
- Pink Bandanas Junior Guild
- Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
- Preston Kuppe Guild
- Project Care Guild
- Project Grace Guild
- Project Kids’ Cancer Cure Guild
- Rhema’s Reality Guild
- Rheumatology Research Guild
- Run for Children’s Guild
- Seattle U Dance Marathon
- Sequim Guild
- Sheridan Guild
- SIDS Research Guild
- Silverdale Guild
- SOVREN Guild
- Star Guild
- Swim for Children’s Guild
- Team Becca Guild
- Team Rohan Guild
- Trey Green Guild
- We Believe Guild