Guild Association Spotlight
With Gratitude for a Memorable Summer
As I reflect on the heights we have reached since the launch of the It Starts With Yes campaign, I have immense gratitude for every one of you. Together, guild members raised nearly $160 million of the $1.4 billion total! Because of you, the hospital exceeded its goal, and every day more kids than ever have access to the hope, care and cures they need.
Revisiting the many programs and facilities that campaign contributions supported gives me renewed excitement for the future. With your help, Seattle Children’s has laid the groundwork in so many areas that will more rapidly lead to answers for the children and families who need them most.
I know it hasn’t been easy during the continuing pandemic. I am so impressed by your resilience in persisting with event hosting and fundraising in a mainly virtual environment. Thank you for staying with us as we continue to ride the waves. Your steadfast enthusiasm is needed and appreciated now more than ever.
As always, the guild staff is here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can support your efforts. I continue to be hopeful that 2022 will bring more in-person gatherings and opportunities for connection with all of you — our amazing guild members.
Thank you for saying YES!
Aileen Kelly, executive director
Seattle Children’s Guild Association
Thank You for Saying YES in So Many Ways!
COVID-era event tips: Holding safe in-person gatherings in winter
- Inform attendees about mask expectations.
- Require guests to be vaccinated or present negative COVID-19 tests.
- Choose a sheltered outdoor venue with heating.
Guilds Say Yes
It was a treat for Des Moines Auxiliary members to reassemble May 20 for their annual event after months of confinement due to COVID-19. Additional treats were shared at this potluck and plant sale: Members purchased flower arrangements, potted plants and garden-themed items to raise $2,400 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care!
The Jean Thompson Guild held its Spring for Kids live raffle at Skagit Acres Garden Center in Mt. Vernon on June 5. Raffle winners enjoyed offerings including Seattle Mariners tickets, a crab feed, and a Leavenworth trip package, raising more than $22,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care!
The Adaline Coffman Guild held a Bike-n-Brew on June 26 in Centralia. A group of 39 supporters peddled to local pubs to raise more than $2,800 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care! In addition, guild members collected $300 in gift cards for patient families in need.
On Aug. 2, the Housing Solutions for Hope Guild hosted its inaugural golf tournament, Home is Where the Heart Heals. A group of 115 golfers turned out for an awesome day at the Sand Point Country Club. The event featured fun contests at holes along the course and a raffle for a trip to Mexico. The guild raised more than $126,000 to support housing needs for patient families!
The Grayland Guild in Westport hosted a rummage sale during its community’s Pirate DAZE weekend event, increasing sales due to the extra visitors in town. The guild raised more than $1,400 for Seattle Children’s’ uncompensated care!
Imagine Guild members were excited to host their first hybrid auction in July, where supporters could participate in person or online. The weekend-long motorcycle-themed event featured the Tom Finken Memorial Posse Ride on July 23, followed by a live auction the next day at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma. Attendees were delighted to greet one another in person after nearly two years of separation due to the pandemic. The guild raised more than $135,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care and cardiology research!
The Tri-Cities Junior Guild hosted its Miles 4 Smiles Fun Run on Aug. 7. Nearly 200 participants ran the 5K and raised more than $4,000 for uncompensated care! This guild, comprised of middle- and high-school students from the Tri-Cities area, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
On July 17, Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild members filled their car trunks with treasures and parked side-by-side in an Anacortes church parking lot for a Boot Garage Sale (using the British term for a car trunk.) The sale raised $2,700 to benefit Seattle Children’s research! Members donated unsold items to a local charity.
On June 24, the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild raised more than $198,000 for the installation of a new elevator, making the center more accessible for all students. Members broadcast the Inspired to Reach Higher virtual auction live from Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell, with the help of emcee and auctioneer extraordinaire Troy McVicker. During the hour-long event, a group of students who attend classes at the center (pictured here) created a one-of-a-kind art piece that sold for $600.
Sequim Guild members braved record-breaking heat to hold two successful events in June: a progressive garage sale where shoppers who visited two garage sales were included in a raffle for a porch glider, and a booth at the local Pumpkin Patch Flea Market where members sold homemade pies, bread, jams and jellies. The guild raised a combined total of more than $11,000 for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care!
Thank you to the many guild members who supported the 2021 Purchase a Miracle Campaign by tagging products at nearly 300 store locations. The campaign raised more than $60,000 for pediatric cancer clinical trials and was a successful statewide advocacy effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer. A special shoutout to the Kent Guild, whose members tagged products at 21 stores!