Thankful for a Strong Community

Guild group photos

Director’s Note

Aileen Kelly

Aileen Kelly learns to make lemon macarons by participating in the Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild’s online baking class.

I think we can all agree that 2020 was an extraordinarily difficult year. Though the impacts of COVID-19 have continued longer than we originally anticipated, I am in awe of our guild members’ fortitude and resilience. Your creativity in developing new ways to stay connected and raise funds virtually is inspiring! When I Zoom into your events from my living room, my heart is uplifted by your passion and our shared goal to help every child live their most fulfilling life.

In times like these we need our community more than ever, and I’m so grateful that the Guild Association family is such a strong one.

We hope you will remain connected with us this year by renewing your membership, participating in guild activities when possible and sharing in mission moments through Seattle Children’s programs and publications. My greatest wish is that 2021 is lighter on our hearts and brings positive signs of change everywhere.

Thank you!

Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association

New Guild Emerges in Support of COVID-19 Research

EMERGE Guild group photo

Shreya Sathyanarayanan is the founder and president of the EMERGE Junior Guild. We asked this senior at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington, and volunteer messenger at Seattle Children’s Hospita,l to share how she came to form the guild.

GN: What does EMERGE stand for?

SS: We started the guild to support the emerging health needs of our community. Our acronym stands for Equity, Mission, Excellence, Relief, Giving and Empathy. We are a group of high school students passionate about creating change in our community during these unprecedented times.

GN: Why did you focus your giving on COVID-19 research?

SS: When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was seeking ways to contribute to such a pressing health need in both our local community and the world. I was excited to learn that Seattle Children’s internationally recognized research would include COVID-19 research and vaccine clinical trials. Seattle Children’s COVID-19 research and the EMERGE Junior Guild’s mission truly align, especially with the pandemic affecting nearly all facets of our lives.

GN: There are so many different organizations you could volunteer for; what inspired you to say yes to Seattle Children’s?

SS: Seattle Children’s presence is felt strongly throughout my community. When I was younger, I remember writing my name on a Seattle Children’s donation card for display at our local Costco. The hospital’s focus on breakthrough research, bringing equity and facilitating patient-centered care inspired me to become a part of this change-making organization. Seattle Children’s founding mission of caring for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay resonated with my core values and inspired me to become a hospital volunteer and start a guild.

GN: Tell me a bit about your guild’s first fundraiser.

SS: We hosted the Strokes of Hope virtual art fundraiser on Etsy and raised more than $1,000 for Seattle Children’s COVID-19 Research Fund. Artists, both local and global, donated their works, and we sold the pieces on Etsy. For our next fundraiser, we plan to organize a virtual auction.

Legacy Profile: Our Family’s Commitment to Equitable Heathcare

John and Peggy Walton

By Peggy and John Walton

Every child in our community represents our future. We’ve been supporting Seattle Children’s for more than 20 years and are continually inspired by the impact of the Uncompensated Care Fund.

It is unique to have a children’s hospital designed to make progress informed by discoveries in the lab and care at the bedside, which is leading doctors to incredible advances in areas like cancer research and brain tumors. It shows how Seattle Children’s is fulfilling its promise to care and its motivation to cure.

Including Seattle Children’s in our estate plans is our way to continue our giving after we’re gone. Every dollar matters and every child matters.

The Waltons are members of the Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild and Swim for Children’s Guild. They are also members of the Children’s Circle of Care and the Guardians’ Circle. In 2006, Peggy and John established the Walton Family Endowment to support brain tumor research. Peggy has served on both the hospital and foundation boards. Interested in including Seattle Children’s in your estate plan? To learn more, contact Lilah Helton at 206-987-5098 or email her.

Guilds Say Yes


  • Gift of Immunity GuildLast summer, the Gift of Immunity Guild and the BFE Bike Club held the annual Bike Poker Run near Mt. Rainier. Guild members and members of the bike club support the event every year and make the trek to Seattle Children’s to hand-deliver the donation check. This time they raised more than $5,000 for Seattle Children’s Primary Immunodeficiency Research Fund!

  • Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild memberThe Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild held two virtual fundraisers last August, a lemon macaron cooking class and a family bingo night. More than 50 people tuned in for a Zoom live feed to follow along in their kitchens while two expert bakers from the guild gave a step-by-step tutorial in how to make the French delicacies. The following weekend, families gathered to play virtual bingo hosted by this creative junior guild. These events raised $15,000 for uncompensated care!

  • Tri-Cities Junior GuildThe Tri-Cities Junior Guild traditionally host a Smiles for Miles 5K every August. The guild had to cancel their in-person event due to COVID-19 and instead hosted an online donation campaign. Guild members reached out to friends, family and their community to support their fundraising efforts and raised more than $3,000 for uncompensated care!

  • Gabriel William Warner Gift GuildThe Gabriel William Warner Gift Guild held its annual Gabriel Golf Classic in August. Giselle and Grant Warner formed the guild to honor their first son, Gabriel, who died when he was five days old. This summer event is a special memorial held on Gabriel’s birthday to support Seattle Children’s Journey Program, which helps families cope with loss and grieving after the death of a child. Many friends and family who could not attend the event this year showed their support by contributing online. The guild raised $3,500 for the Journey Program!

  • Susanna White’s Three Feet of Sunshine GuildThe Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild turned their annual summer Bunco Night virtual this year, hosting Three Feet Family Feud Live! via Zoom. Attendees enjoyed a specialty sunshine cocktail lesson and earned prizes for best dress-up and zaniest Zoom background. The guild raised over $15,000 — more than tripling last year’s in-person event total! Instead of their annual October Monster Bash carnival, the guild transformed their popular costume parade into a virtual contest. While the usual spook-tacular celebration was a bit subdued, a record number of ghosts and ghouls showed off their goblin good get-ups in support of pediatric palliative care at Seattle Children’s and raised an additional $3,500!

  • Frances W. Nordstrom GuildThe Frances W. Nordstrom Guild hosted a virtual Oktoberfest last fall in celebration of its 35th anniversary! Nearly 300 guests tuned in and received themed party boxes prior to the event complete with a keepsake beer stein. Patient ambassador Makenna Schwab shared her gratitude for the lifelong care she has received at Seattle Children’s and for the uncompensated care program. The guild raised $190,000 for uncompensated care!

  • Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center GuildLast October, the Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild hosted its annual Bingo Night for students and families of the center, with guild members donating gift cards as prizes. More than 100 people “zoomed in” for the virtual games emceed by Troy McVicker — a special friend to the center’s students known for making everything fun. Guests enjoyed mini dance parties between games. They raised $4,700 for center programming!

  • Daughters’ GuildThe Daughters’ Guild hosted their annual Touchdown for Tots “virtual edition” last October. This sports-themed party featured silent and live auctions and a raise the paddle. Grateful patient mom Andie Johnson shared her son’s journey at Seattle Children’s to treat his vascular anomaly disease and autism, expressing her deep gratitude for the Uncompensated Care Fund. The guild raised $67,000 for uncompensated care!

  • Mitochondrial Research GuildIn October, the Mitochondrial Research Guild live-streamed their 17th annual fundraiser, Mito Cocktail Party, from JM Cellars at The Vault in Maltby, Washington. Winery owners John and Peggy Bigelow, long-time supporters of the guild, were fabulous hosts and auctioneers. The hour-long program featured many inspiring patient videos, helping the guild raise $150,000 for mitochondrial research!

  • Run of HopeIn September, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild in partnership with Four Seasons Seattle presented a live program to launch their first virtual Run of Hope, featuring inspiring patient stories, important updates from Seattle Children’s providers and an energetic kickoff to the race. They raised more than $480,000 for pediatric brain tumor research!

  • I Can and I Will GuildThe new I Can and I Will Guild hosted its first event, a virtual 5K fun run in October. The event started with a Zoom program featuring Seattle Children’s patient ambassador Olivia, followed by an official run kickoff. Participants had a week to run, walk, stroll and raise funds for the guild. Through largely word-of-mouth marketing, more than 760 people, some as far away as the Philippines, helped the guild raise more than $58,000 for uncompensated care!

  • Tied Together Junior GuildThe Tied Together Junior Guild hosted three outdoor handmade hair-tie sales in November and December. These young philanthropists set up shop outside University Village to sell their fun handmade items to people at the shopping center. Their efforts raised more than $200 for cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s!

  • A Brighter Future GuildA Brighter Future Guild held its Superhero 5K virtually this year. More than 140 participants had from Nov. 21−28 to run, walk or stroll their own 5K course. Participants wore their superhero 5K T-shirts and posted photos from around the state. The guild raised more than $8,000 for uncompensated care and solid tumor immunotherapy research!

  • KC Howard GuildThe KC Howard Guild’s 26th annual holiday luncheon was held virtually on Dec. 7. The guild invited their guests to join them from their living rooms with hot cocoa, cocktails and slippers for a festive live auction and raffle. Members raised more than $205,000 for uncompensated care and mental health!

  • Over the holidays, the Sequim Guild hosted two holiday bazaars. These festive pop-up shops featured handcrafted items, freshly baked goods and even a Christmas tree lot. The guild raised nearly $8,800 for uncompensated care and research!

  • LUMA GuildOn Dec. 10, the LUMA Guild presented its 22nd annual benefit for Seattle Children’s as a virtual Fireside Chat with Mateo Messina. Guests grabbed a cocktail for a fun night looking back at some of the greatest moments of past LUMA Guild concerts. In addition to a tour of Messina’s Hollywood studio, the program featured previous patient performers and the latest updates on research at Seattle Children’s. The guild raised more than $10,000 for uncompensated care and research!

  • SMooCH GuildOn Dec. 5, the SMooCH Guild blew it out of the water at its 9th annual benefit concert! Guests pre-ordered exclusive food and drink packages lovingly curated by Ethan Stowell Restaurants for the virtual event. VIP guests enjoyed party boxes overflowing with a diverse array of goodies from generous Seattle businesses, including cocktail fixings by Tito’s. The live program featured inspiring patient stories and an outstanding musical lineup: Jason Isbell, Fred Armisen, Kim Gordon and J. Mascis, the Couch Riffs (all-star super group), Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords), and Clipping (featuring Daveed Diggs from the musical Hamilton). The guild wowed its far-flung audience and raised more than $3 million for uncompensated care!

  • Festival of Trees GuildThe annual Festival of Trees Guild Gala and Auction took place virtually this year with silent and live auctions. The guild’s Christmas tree display, usually brightening the Fairmont Olympic Hotel lobby, sparkled in the hotel’s windows during the holidays. The guild raised $316,000 for uncompensated care and the Autism Center!