This fall I am thrilled to join in celebrating the opening of Building Cure — an expansion to our downtown Seattle research hub that will greatly increase Seattle Children’s research capabilities.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the facility’s new Cure Factory™ will allow us to conduct more clinical trials and speed up the process of turning research into treatments. Immunotherapy research trials depend almost entirely on philanthropy, and because of your work and generous contributions, many more children will have the chance for lifesaving alternatives. (Read more about It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s and immunotherapy here.)
I am extremely proud of guild support for cancer-fighting innovations and all pediatric research. A heartfelt thank you to our Research Champions guilds for directing $2,500 or more of their fundraising dollars each year to Seattle Children’s research efforts. You are improving the lives of children and their families here at home and around the world.
Thank you for helping us to say yes to more kids!
Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association
Congratulations to members of the Friends of Costco Guild who raised a record-breaking $10.4 million for uncompensated care during their 20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic in August!
Friends of Costco Guild members held their 20th Annual Children’s Golf Classic in August and raised a record $10.4 million for uncompensated care!
Thirty-four years ago, Teresa Holland became a charter member of the Fran Nordstrom Guild — and she and this tightknit group of friends have raised an impressive $4 million for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care. Holland’s two daughters, now in their 30s, grew up in the guild, playing with the children of other members while their moms managed guild business — with a good dose of laughter — in the next room.
The guild has always been like a second family, so Holland was delighted when her daughters and their friends announced that they wanted to start fundraising on their own. Their aim was to work with the daughters of other Fran Nordstrom Guild members to reach a new generation of advocates and fundraisers, and they chose a name to honor their moms’ fundraising prowess: FNG 2.0. The group was launched in 2015 by Teresa Holland’s daughters Blakeley Holland and Allison Kelly; Sophia Mecham, daughter of the late Sue Mecham; and Annika Kaufman, daughter of Lisa van Dam.
Fran Nordstrom Guild members enthusiastically supported the plan and jumped in to help. The two groups communicate closely to ensure their efforts complement each other’s and have appointed liaisons to attend one another’s meetings. Teresa Holland, who jokes that 2.0 is her “exit strategy,” in reality has no intention of retiring soon from guild activities. And with the arrival of her first grandchild, Caroline Margaret Kelly (born June 30 to Allison Kelly), she’s envisioning one day nurturing FNG 3.0.
In 1939, a spirited group of Anacortes women came together for a common cause to form the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild, a Research Champions guild and dedicated supporter of Purchase a Miracle.
- Over the decades, the guild’s fundraising efforts for the hospital progressed from penny drives and pound parties (to support an early hospital kitchen food donation program — the “pound” referring to a pound of food) to the popular Annual Home & Boat Tour held each September.
- Guild members also regularly deliver blankets, hats, bead bags, gift cards and books to Seattle Children’s patients.
- The guild gives $25,000 annually to uncompensated care and research!
Pink Bandannas Junior Guild
In honor of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, the Pink Bandannas Junior Guild raised $21,000 in May through their annual letter-writing appeal.
- This brings their all-time fundraising total to $173,000!
- This fall, the guild will see members off to 14 different colleges.
Beta Alpha Psi Guild
The Beta Alpha Psi Guild was formed in 2018 by students from the University of Washington (UW) Foster School of Business who are UW chapter members of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor organization for financial information students and professionals.
- The guild held its first fundraiser, Compete for Care, on May 22 at UW. The student networking event featured a talk by Suzanne Beitel, Seattle Children’s chief financial officer, followed by trivia and bowling.
- The group raised $15,000 to support uncompensated care!
On April 14, the Sheridan Guild hosted Sip & Swap at Namaste Yoga Studio in Shoreline.
- Guests sold new and gently used treasures and raised $1,200 for uncompensated care!
- Remaining items worth $1,100 were donated to Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques.
Olympia Cares Guild
The Olympia Cares Guild hosted the Olympia Pub Crawl on Aug. 10. The guild raises awareness and funds for Seattle Children’s by building community partnerships with local businesses in Olympia, Washington. More than 300 participants:
- Patronized 22 downtown restaurants, businesses and bars during the sold-out event.
- Raised over $10,000 for the Seattle Children’s Cancer Clinical Trials Fund!
Bubble Bash Guild
The Bubble Bash Guild hosted its Bubble Bash Auction & Dinner on May 18. More than 120 guests vied for silent and live auction items, including trips to France and Spain.
- Alpha Delta Phi students and alumni performed their fight song to close the evening, an event tradition.
- Clinical Coordinator Ursala Schwenn shared the history of Seattle Children’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp and the special opportunity it offers kids with medical conditions who would not otherwise be able to attend camp.
- Raised $68,000 for Stanley Stamm Summer Camp!
Desert Sun Guild
The Desert Sun Guild held its Spring Gala and Auction on June 1 at At Michele’s in Richland, Washington. More than 100 guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, a game of Heads or Tails and dancing.
- Groove Principal, a band composed of school principals, played favorites from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
- Jane Cassinelli shared the story of her son, Tyler, who was treated at Seattle Children’s for a rare seizure condition and for cancer — he is now in remission.
- Raised more than $70,000 for uncompensated care and research!
Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild
More than 300 guests gathered at Lagunitas Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary in Ballard for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild’s Hops of Hope fundraiser on July 30.
- Ballard Pizza Company provided a steady supply of complimentary hot slices.
- The band Chardonnay performed for the appreciative crowd.
- The guild raised nearly $5,000 for pediatric brain tumor research!
Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild and Haircuts Fore Kids Guild
In a new partnership, Focus on Kids Laboratory Guild teamed up with the Haircuts Fore Kids Guild for its annual golf tournament fundraiser on Aug. 18 in Mukilteo, Washington.
- Organizers sold “Melanie Mulligans” named after a Seattle Children’s patient.
- 84 golfers helped raise nearly $8,000 for Seattle Children’s Department of Laboratories!
Strong Cares Guild
Strong Cares Guild held a coin drive at Sunset Primary School in University Place, Washington.
- Student Shane Ok ran the drive and was pleased to receive some dollar coins in the mix!
- The class that contributed the most coins was rewarded with an ice cream party.
- Raised nearly $3,000 for Strong Against Cancer and uncompensated care for families undergoing immunotherapy!
Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild
On May 11, the Eastside Friends for Children’s Guild hosted its annual Black and Bling Girls’ Night Out at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. More than 200 guests enjoyed:
- Dinner, a raffle, a silent auction and a live auction emceed by radio personality Bender (formerly of 106.1 KISS FM).
- Music from patient ambassador Cass Huff, who performed an acoustic version of “Titanium.”
- Raising over $167,000 for uncompensated care!
Mercer Island Guild
In March, the Mercer Island Guild hosted their annual directory mailing party.
- The directory has been the go-to resource for Mercer Island residents and businesses since 1943.
- The 2019 directory raised more than $83,500 to support uncompensated care and research!
Team Seattle Guild
The Team Seattle Guild hosted the 10th Annual Pacific NW Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park in Kent on June 14. A group of 18 teams competed in the fast and furious kart race.
- Congratulations to the Team Seattle Heart Kart for becoming the top fundraising team by raising $25,200.
- Raised a record-breaking $134,000 (a 150% increase over last year) for uncompensated care and the cardiac surgical hybrid suite!
Hope on the Hill Guild
Hope on the Hill Guild partnered with Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s in Issaquah for its Raise the Dough event on June 13.
- The guild celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
- Raised $1,700 for uncompensated care!
In July, the Imagine Guild hosted Children’s Ride 24, a weekend of events featuring two motorcycle rides and an auction at Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma.
- The most popular auction item was a 2015 Royal Enfield motorcycle featured in the “Downtown” music video by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore, which sold for $13,000.
- Dale Ahn shared the story of his 4-year-old daughter Charlotte, a Seattle Children’s cardiology patient.
- Raised more than $180,000 for uncompensated care and cardiology research!
Gabriel William Warner Gift Guild
The Gabriel William Warner Gift Guild held its Annual Gabriel Golf Classic at Interbay Golf Center in Seattle on Aug. 10.
- The tournament honors the life of Gabriel William Warner, son of guild founders Giselle and Grant Warner.
- Gabriel died at 5 days old at Seattle Children’s and the event is held in August to remember his birthday.
- Raised more than $8,000 for Seattle Children’s Journey Program, where families coping with death, loss and the grieving process can access free support groups, counseling and other services.
Color Me Happy Guild
The Color Me Happy Guild held its 5th Annual Putt for Children’s mini-golf fundraiser on July 20.
- Guests had a blast swinging for holes in one, tossing bean bags, playing coffee pong and racing paper airplanes.
- The guild raised $6,700 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department!
- The group has come a long way from its first donation to the hospital of 50 boxes of crayons. Since 2014, they have raised more than $22,000 to support Seattle Children’s Child Life Department.
Project Grace Guild
On May 3, the Project Grace Guild hosted its 11th annual dinner and auction themed “Let it Roll” at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. More than 200 guests:
- Enjoyed an evening filled with Vegas-style games, delicious food and a live auction.
- Raised $257,000 for Strong Against Cancer!
Mitochondrial Research Guild
The Mitochondrial Research Guild hosted Take a Swing at Mito, its 8th annual golf tournament and silent auction, on May 19 at Heron Links at Willow Run in Redmond.
- The tournament was founded by high school golfers in honor of their neighbor, Calvin Bertsch, who has mitochondrial disease.
- The guild raised more than $14,000 for mitochondrial disease research at Seattle Children’s, adding to a total of nearly $120,000 raised over the past eight years!
FNG 2.0 Guild
More than 200 revelers attended FNG 2.0’s summer cocktail party on June 1.
- Guests enjoyed an unseasonably warm evening on the rooftop deck, dancing, a silent auction and raffle for a ski package and boat cruise barbecue.
- Brandi and Tyler Harrington shared their son Oliver’s story of receiving lifesaving surgery at Seattle Children’s just five days after he was born birth prematurely.
- The group raised $67,000 for uncompensated care!
Team Ewan Guild
On May 4, the Team Ewan Guild held a bake sale at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club Little League opening day celebration.
- Brisk sales included five-dozen Star Wars stormtrooper cookies, cake pops, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk.
- Guild members also collected donations by taking the plunge in a dunk tank.
- Raised nearly $7,400 for Seattle Children’s High-Risk Leukemia Program!
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
On July 25, Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild held its 11th annual Bunco Night and Dessert Auction. Dozens of guests enjoyed the fast-paced game, as well as live music and a raffle.
- Patient ambassador Cass Huff performed Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” on ukulele, just four days after her 43rd surgery at Seattle Children’s.
- For the dessert auction, young guild members baked triple chocolate sunshine squares, spunky sunshine cupcakes and sun-so-sweet sugar cookies.
- The guild raised more than $5,500 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program!
Gavin’s Gift Guild
Gavin’s Gift Guild hosted its Down on the Farm Auction on Aug. 3 in a private home in Puyallup, Washington.
- The guild’s memorable raffle features dogs jumping into a swimming pool to retrieve rubber balls that have winning numbers written on them.
- Raised $22,880 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program!
Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild
On May 11, the Jaquish Dukelow Memorial Cancer Research Guild celebrated its 20th anniversary with a cocktail party and chili cook-off. More than 100 guests attended and enjoyed food, drinks and auction fun.
- Dr. Jim Olson shared the latest developments in pediatric brain cancer research.
- Patient Max Hanson shared his story of being treated for a brain tumor at Seattle Children’s, and Tatum Fettig shared her family’s experience during her daughter’s brain tumor treatment.
- Raised more than $65,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s!
Clare Beckett Guild
The Clare Beckett Guild hosted its annual Ladies (and Gentlemen) Who Lunch at the Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah on June 11. The luncheon featured enticing raffle baskets, a silent auction and amazing food!
- The guild celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
- Raised more than $10,000 for Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit!
Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild
The Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild kicked off its Unspoken Angel Invitational on July 13 with 200 guests enjoying dinner at The Foundry by Herban Feast with games, raffles, live music, an impromptu dance party and a spirited live auction. The following day, the festivities continued with a golf tournament at Redmond Ridge.
- Alyssa Burnett Center (ABC) student band, The Rocktaves!, sang “A Wonderful Place,” an original song about all the ways they love the center.
- ABC student Megan Harrell spoke of her experiences at the center and shared her dream to be the first scientist living with Down syndrome to study autism.
- The guild raised $355,000 for the center!
Crush Kids' Cancer Guild
Crush Kids’ Cancer Guild members are famous in the biking community for riding all over the Puget Sound to raise awareness and funds for Seattle Children’s T-cell immunotherapy trials.
- Members logged hundreds of miles this year in fundraising rides including the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
Guild members greatly appreciate their core sponsors: Classic Circle of Care sponsors Costco; agron/adidas; Allied Marketing; Cargill, Inc.; Citi; Conagra Brands; ECOS; General Mills, Inc.; Henkel; Jasco Products; JBS/Pilgrim’s; Mastronardi Produce/Sunset; Niagara Bottling; Nice-Pak; Tarantino Wholesale Foods; Taylor Farms; Trident Seafoods; United Legwear & Apparel Co. and the Sinegal Family Foundation.