Turning It Up for Hope, Care and Cures!

Guild group photos and Showbox marquee

Diane Hill“Our guild says yes because children are our future and we are passionate about building community, raising awareness and fundraising for Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic – a unique and much-needed service for gender diverse youth and their families. I’m inspired both by personal experience and as a longtime employee of Seattle Children’s committed to the hospital’s mission to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.”

– Diane Hill, Unicorn Family Guild

Rockin’ Out for the Kids

Musicians on stageNow in its 7th year, the Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital (SMooCH) Guild continues to host the rock and culinary experience of the holiday season! An enthusiastic crowd packed the Showbox in December for memorable performances by Kyle Craft and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plus a special acoustic set by The Head and the Heart. VIP ticket holders enjoyed a pre-show tasting (prepared and served by Ethan Stowell, Renee Erickson and four other local award-winning chefs, pictured), wine by the Underground Wine Project and a silent auction. During the evening’s revelry, the guild raised more than $3.6 million for uncompensated care! 

Racing for a Cure

Group shot of Run of Hope Seattle participantsThe Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and the Four Seasons Hotel celebrated another wildly successful Run of Hope Seattle in September at Seward Park – the 10th annual race. A strong community of supporters totaling 2,100 individuals and including 80 fundraising teams – many running and walking the route for individual cancer patients – helped raise an astounding $710,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s. Guild members, families and Seattle Children’s “dream team” of cancer doctors all joined in to make it a memorable day.

Night Out Delivers for Uncompensated Care and OBCC

Group photo of Frances W. Nordstrom Guild membersCelebrating its 33rd year as a guild, the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild held its Night Out for Children’s in November, raising $306,000 for uncompensated care and greatest needs at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). More than 260 guests enjoyed dinner and specialty cocktails at Block 41 in Seattle, plus an auction and dancing to the band Oncore. Guests purchased raffle tickets for incredible prizes. Featured patient speaker, Saleea Cornelius, and her father, Demont, shared about the exceptional care she receives at OBCC.

A Festive Forest of Fun

Photo of two Festival of Trees Guild membersDuring the holidays, visitors to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle were treated to a display of 23 designer trees, each lovingly decorated in a different theme by Seattle Festival of Trees Guild members. Each tree was accompanied by the inspiring story of a courageous Seattle Children’s patient. The 41st annual event kicked off with a sparkling gala and dinner auction, followed the next day by the Festival of Trees Celebration. After the ceremonial lighting of the tree in the hotel’s grand lobby, guests enjoyed live music, shopped the holiday boutique, took photos with Santa and visited the Teddy Bear Suite. The Festival of Trees weekend raised more than $565,000 for uncompensated care and Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

Heartwarming Gifts – Handmade With Love

Katie's Comforters Guild membersGuilds say yes to Seattle Children’s mission in so many ways. Some of you gather quilting-bee style and grow friendships as you stitch, knit and craft handmade items – weaving love into gifts for young patients. Port Ludlow Guild members make cute comfort bunnies, fleece and knit blankets, homemade greeting cards and knit hats while Sunset West Guild members knit blankets and compile parent packs for overnight stays.

Katie’s Comforters Guild members (pictured) create handmade blankets and quilts for patients. Briana Ryan, sophomore at Washington State University, shared why being part of the guild is important to her:

“I have been infinitely blessed in many aspects of my life, but I feel especially lucky to be surrounded by generous family and friends who continually inspire me to help others. They are outstanding models of charity, love and kindness, and without them, I would not be who I am today. I have been part of Katie’s Comforters Guild with my mom, Mary Ryan, for almost exactly half my life now. Making blankets for the patients of Seattle Children’s has easily become one of the best experiences of my life. I want to thank my mom and the guild for teaching me that no matter where you are in life, there is always something – big or small – that you are uniquely equipped to contribute to the world.”

Colton’s Crafting Club, an offshoot of Colton’s Army Guild, makes special pillowcases for patients. “During Colton’s first inpatient stay, he received a colorful, soft flannel pillowcase with a note from a former patient family with kind words of hope,” says Suzy Matter, who formed the guild in honor of her son Colton, whose cancer is in remission. “He loved that pillowcase from that day forward and still does years later.” Over the past 2 years, the guild has made 300 such pillowcases, each accompanied with a hopeful “sweet dreams” message. Colton loves to deliver these gifts to the hospital during monthly checkups.

Two years ago, members of the Garfield Guild in Lacey formed the “blanketeers” to give back to their community. The group meets regularly to sew while sharing ice cream, laughter and friendship. “Through this labor of love, each of us embraces the opportunity to provide cozy comfort to a child, teen or family,” says guild member Ellen Duffy.

Thanks to these guilds for their labors of love:

  • Allen-Miller Guild
  • Althea Guild
  • Colton’s Army Guild
  • Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild
  • Eva Smith Guild
  • Gabriel Pigotti Memorial Guild
  • Garfield Guild
  • Katie’s Comforters Guild
  • Lloyd Nordstrom Guild
  • Martha Lake Guild
  • Mona Westover Guild
  • Pat Harris Trilogy Guild
  • Port Ludlow Guild
  • Rainier Guild
  • Sally Johnson Guild
  • Sequim Guild
  • Silverdale Guild
  • Somerset Guild
  • Sunset West Guild
  • Tillicum Guild

JoAnn Hoff“I say yes because I am reminded daily how important it is for every child to have hope and a future. My journey with Seattle Children’s began in 1988 when our son, Erik, age 9, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma of the brain and sinus. I had no idea how profoundly my life would change forever! Erik is one of the lucky ones — life is not easy for him, but he’s an amazing testament to the human spirit. I joined a guild in 1989 and am blessed by a great group of friends in my guild and others across the state. Together, yes, we can make a difference!”

– JoAnn Hoff, Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild

Rosanna and Frank Belotti“Being part of the Friends of Costco Guild gave us a new understanding and appreciation for all that is Seattle Children’s. The hospital was there for our family, and our legacy gift helps ensure it is there for all families.”

– Rosanna and Frank Bellotti, Friends of Costco Guild and Guardians’ Circle members

Round of Applause

  • Greg Campbell, Aileen Kelly and Kimberly Olson

    Above, Aileen Kelly (center) celebrates with fellow guild members Greg Campbell (left) and Kimberly Olson at the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild’s annual Halloween Bingo Night.

    As we launch into another exciting year, I want to express the deepest thanks from all of us at the Guild Association. Every day we are humbled by the care and enthusiasm you bring to each task – no matter how big or small. Together, you advance ideas into actions that improve the lives of the children in our city, state, region and around the world. With your steadfast support, we are well on our way to building a healthier future for all kids.

    With gratitude,

    Aileen Kelly
    Executive Director
    Seattle Children’s Guild Association

  • 3 Rivers Guild membersThe 3 Rivers Guild hosted its Fall into Fashion luncheon and style show on October 13 at The Edge Restaurant at Zintel Creek Golf Club in Kennewick. The sold-out event featured guild members and their grandchildren modeling fall and winter fashions from Roz and Ali, cabi, Chico’s, Gymboree and Seattle Children’s Kennewick Bargain Boutique. The show included a raffle and door prizes that helped raise $4,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild membersThe Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild was founded with the mission to ensure no parent ever experiences the unexplained loss of a child to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) again. The guild funds much-needed research related to SIDS at Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research. Guild members’ work includes data-driven research in collaboration with Microsoft, federal legislative action, awareness campaigns and fundraising. To date, they have contributed more than $300,000 to SIDS research at Seattle Children’s.

  • A Brighter Future Guild MembersOn December 1, A Brighter Future Guild participated in the sold-out Wizards 5K Run/Walk, which led participants on a magical journey through Seattle’s Cowen Park. They sold wands at the event and raised more than $600 for uncompensated care. Pictured, from left, are guild members Ethan Barker, Matthew Barker and Lola Woodburn, conjuring up some fun at the “wand shop.” The guild has raised more than $30,000 for uncompensated care since it formed in 2017.

  • Bloom for Children’s Guild membersBloom for Children’s Guild members sold holiday wreaths on December 5, raising $4,000 to support Seattle Children’s Grounds Department. Each unique wreath was handcrafted from greens collected from the hospital grounds.

  • Colton’s Army Guild membersOn Oct. 20, more than 125 “orange hearts” turned out to support Colton’s Army Guild at its first Hope for Heroes Breakfast of Champions at Mill Creek Country Club. Guild namesake Colton Matter attended the event, where supporters raised $40,000 for Strong Against Cancer. Colton, 20, attends Cascadia College, and last October he celebrated his one-year anniversary of being cancer-free. Guest speaker Cheryl Lingenfelter shared her daughter, Savannah’s, experience being treated at Seattle Children’s for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Savannah, whose cancer was declared in remission last August, is the 2018 ambassador for the Friends for Life Guild ornaments and votive sales. Pictured, from left, are guild president Suzy Matter and featured speaker Cheryl Lingenfelter.

  • Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild membersMembers of the Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild are bicycle enthusiasts pedaling their way toward a research cure by securing sponsorships for events such as the Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland (STP) bicycle classic. In 2018, the group collected more than $100,000 for Seattle Children’s cancer research trials. A recent segment of KING 5 TV’s Take 5 afternoon program featured guild president Michael Hoffman and Mason, an immunotherapy patient whose cancer is now in remission. Hoffman proudly tells donors, “100% of the funds you contributed went directly to make the T cells used in immunotherapy clinical trials, treating kids with brain and central nervous system tumors at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.”

  • Daughters Guild membersOn October 27, the Daughters Guild scored big for Seattle Children’s at the 12th annual Touchdown for Tots, benefiting uncompensated care. The spirited evening featured a wine grab, photo booth and silent auction, plus a special performance by patient ambassador Cassidy Huff. Guests showed their support for Seattle Children’s with donations totaling more than $76,000.

  • Des Moines Auxiliary membersThe Des Moines Auxiliary held a Sunset Social October 18 at Anthony’s HomePort Des Moines, overlooking the Des Moines Marina. Guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks and music by guitarist and singer Chuck Gay. Together they raised more than $4,000 for uncompensated care.

  • The Diversity and Health Equity Guild hosted three events in Seattle last summer: a Pop-Up Consignment Shop at the Phinney Ridge Community Center, Community Night at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery and an online auction. The guild raised more than $2,000 for Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

  • Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild membersThe Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild hosted their annual Silver Fantasy dinner and auction on December 7 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. The festive event featured a silent auction, a raffle and musical entertainment, and raised more than $30,000 for uncompensated care and research. Pictured are guild president JoAnn Hoff (middle) with patient family speakers Jane and Andrew Cassinelli, whose son, Tyler, 3, lives with a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures. He was diagnosed with liver cancer at 5 months old and is cancer-free after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s.

  • Fran Nordstrom Guild 2.0 membersOn September 8, Fran Nordstrom Guild 2.0 hosted a University of Washington Huskies football game tailgate fundraiser prior to the home team’s thrashing of North Dakota, 45 to 3. The guild raised $2,700 for uncompensated care.

  • Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild member and patientOn October 30, the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild sponsored Halloween Bingo Night for students and families of the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center and raised $3,600. More than 140 guests enjoyed pizza, salad, bingo and dancing. It was a howling great time! Pictured are guild president Leslie Fox with her daughter, Kelley.

  • Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild membersThe Jennifer Van Zuyen Guild held a Halloween Bunco Party on October 22 at the CG Public House in Kennewick. Costumed revelers enjoyed friendly competition and raised $1,500 for uncompensated care.

  • Founded in memory of its namesake, the Joseph D. Simenstad Guild raises funds for uncompensated care. More than 200 guests showed their support on October 13 at the guild’s first event, The Great Gatsby Auction, held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. In addition to the auction, the evening included a wine pull, a raffle and great music from the band Tasty Waves. The guild raised $56,000 for uncompensated care.

  • KC Howard Guild membersThe KC Howard Guild hosted its annual luncheon December 3 at the Sunset Club in Seattle. Guild members and supporters raised $202,000 for uncompensated care through silent and live auctions, a raffle and raise-the-paddle. Featured speaker Nina Hufford, mom of Seattle Children’s patient ambassador Roarke, shared the importance of uncompensated care for her family. Guild members also sold votives and ornaments created by the Friends for Life Guild at the event and raised an additional $3,000 for Strong Against Cancer.

  • Kent Guild membersThe Kent Guild hosted it 29th annual Artisans’ Festival at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent on November 5 and 6. Attendees enjoyed a wide selection of local handcrafted items, wearable art and gourmet treats. The guild raised more than $14,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild membersOn August 8, Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild entertained more than 200 supporters at another successful Outdoor Movie Night at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline. Guest speaker Isabel, 13, shared her lifelong experience as a Seattle Children’s patient. In addition to an airing of The Incredibles, the night included raffle baskets, Whidbey Island Ice Cream, a prize wheel, a lemonade stand and a tribute to a graduating member. The guild raised more than $23,000 for uncompensated care.

  • LUMA Guild photoOn November 2, the LUMA Guild presented The Feast, Mateo Messina’s 21st annual concert at Benaroya Hall, which raised more than $275,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and Strong Against Cancer. The groundbreaking symphony featured five award-winning Seattle chefs, with live music written to accompany short documentaries about their food artistry. Musical guests included the Pacific Northwest Symphony Orchestra and R&B singer/songwriter Liv Warfield, pictured with Seattle Children’s patient Zack Edge, who played the drums during the concert.

  • Mercer Island Guild membersLast year was a big one for the Mercer Island Guild, which celebrated its 90th anniversary and 75 years of producing one of the longest-running guild fundraisers: the Mercer Island Directory! Directory advertising sales and donations support uncompensated care and research. The 2018 directory raised more than $107,000.

  • Milo Gray Guild membersThe Milo Gray Guild hosted “Live from LFP, It’s Friday Night” on September 14. The fun Saturday Night Live–themed event held at Lake Forest Park Civic Club featured comedy sketches and an auction including airfare and VIP tickets to Will Ferrell’s “Best Night of Your Life” event in Los Angeles. More than 100 supporters walked the red carpet and celebrated in style while helping to raise $30,000 for uncompensated care and autism research.

  • Miracle House Guild membersOn October 27, the Miracle House Guild hosted the 18th annual Where Miracles Take Flight Auction in Seattle’s Palace Ballroom. More than 120 guests enjoyed food by chef Tom Douglas and bidding on items in silent and live auctions. Nina Hufford shared the story of her son Roarke’s battle with brain cancer and how uncompensated care helped her family. The guild raised $125,000 with the help of $20,000 in Jack MacDonald matching funds.

  • Mitochondrial Research Guild membersOn September 7, the Mitochondrial Research Guild hosted its 16th annual event, the “Mito Cocktail” Party at JM Cellars in Woodinville. Seattle Children’s “dream team” of mitochondrial specialists, including Drs. Russell Saneto and Phil Morgan, shared their latest findings, while guests enjoyed dinner al fresco in a beautiful setting and helped raise $160,000 for mitochondrial disease research. In November, Bryson Potter, mitochondrial patient and son of guild members Sue and Brian Potter, held an auction in his hometown of Potlatch, Idaho, and raised $5,500 for research. Bryson, who graduated from high school in 2017, remains committed to the goals of his senior-year project to increase awareness about mitochondrial disease and raise money for a cure. Pictured, from left, are the Potter family: Forrest, Bryson, Sue and Brian.

  • Peaks of Life Guild membersPeaks of Life Guild held its mountain-themed Cascades Are Calling dinner and auction at 415 Westlake on Sept. 21. More than 120 guests enjoyed a silent auction, photo booth, prize wheel, dessert dash and “Find the Sasquatch” scavenger hunt. Brianna Nettleton spoke about how Seattle Children’s uncompensated care helped her family through son Mason’s illness. The guild raised $40,000 for uncompensated care.

  • Pearly Whites Junior Guild membersThe Pearly Whites Junior Guild hosted its 11th annual Turkey Trot, a three-mile run/walk, on Thanksgiving Day. A group of 70 people earned their turkey dinner and crossed the finish line to raise more than $700 for Seattle Children’s Department of Dentistry. In addition, members collected heartwarming gifts like toys and blankets to deliver to patients and their families. Pictured, from left, are race participants Christopher James, Cari Horning and Jeremiah James.

  • Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild membersThe Scott Kingdon Memorial Guild held its Grand Clam Golf Classic at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo and raised more than $23,000 for Seattle Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. More than 150 golfers hit the links September 13 for this annual event sponsored by Ivar’s restaurants, which catered a tasty seafood lunch and dinner. Pictured wearing their “Chowderhead” trophies are, from left, Grand Clam winners Scotty Getchell, Mark Humble, Mark Saulic and Herb Sprinkle. Because of the care he received for a critical heart condition at Seattle Children’s more than 60 years ago, Scott Kingdon lived to become a father and grandfather, as well as a successful businessman who worked up from fry cook to president of Ivar’s. He passed away suddenly in 2001 and the guild was formed in his memory.

  • Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild membersOn October 27, Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual Monster Bash and raised $20,000 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program. More than 900 guests enjoyed a fun and festive afternoon including pony rides, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, face painting and a costume contest – plus musical entertainment featuring Recess Monkey. Guild members thank long-time sponsors St. Stephen’s Church, Craven Farm, Balloon Designers, Puget Sound DJ, Party Ponies Inc., Phototainment and Trophy Cupcakes and Party, as well as the many dedicated volunteers who make this community event so “spooktacular!”

  • Team Becca Guild membersOn September 22, the Team Becca Guild hosted Eat, Drink and Be Giving at Hilton Bellevue for 200 enthusiastic supporters who contributed to cancer research through silent and live auctions, a dessert dash and a raise-the-paddle. Guest speaker Dr. Colleen Annesley shared recent immunotherapy advances at Seattle Children’s Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. The guild raised $195,000 for Strong Against Cancer. Pictured, from left, are guild members Leslie Ridge, Carter Stevenson, Vanessa Payne and Heidi Fader.

  • Team Rohan Guild membersTeam Rohan Guild hosted An Evening of Hope at AQUA by El Gaucho on September 7. More than 75 guests helped raise nearly $30,000 for Dr. Jim Olson’s pediatric brain tumor research. The group has proudly raised more than $90,000 in just four years. In a letter to supporters, guild founder Cammy Singh thanked them for stepping up to give hope to children with brain tumors and their families. “We are extremely thankful that through your generous giving and commitment, you remember our Rohan. We hope that you will continue with us on this journey, as there is still a road to travel and many children waiting to get to our destination: a cure.” Pictured, from left, are Ashish Singh, Dr. Jim Olson and Cammy Singh.

  • Trey Green Guild membersThe Trey Green Guild raised more than $125,000 for uncompensated care at its 13th annual wine gala and auction on September 15. Guests enjoyed wine and beer tasting tents, golf games and a silent auction at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim. The guild celebrated a special milestone of having raised a collective total of $500,000 for the hospital.

  • Unicorn Family Guild membersOn October 7, the Unicorn Family Guild hosted its first fundraiser at Café Flora in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood. More than 50 attendees enjoyed a fantastic culinary spread and an inspiring program that featured speakers including Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic patient and Community Advisory Board member Tai Jordan and the clinic’s director, Dr. David Inwards-Breland. Guild members hosted a live auction featuring patient artwork and a raise-the-paddle to collect more than $20,000 for the Gender Clinic.