I’m still basking in our record-breaking success – congratulations on raising $19.4 million in fiscal year 2019! Because of each and every one of you, we are notably closer to our shared Guild Association It Starts With Yes Campaign $150 million goal. (See just how close on page 12!) Your energy, enthusiasm, time and creativity made this possible, and I can’t wait to see what 2020 holds.
In fact, the year is off to a roaring start already – I can hardly believe how much fun we’ve had in just a few short months. Concerts, auctions, bingo, costume bashes … I even rode a mechanical bull at one lively Western-themed auction. If there’s a way to support Seattle Children’s, our guilds are out there doing it!
Thank you all for your steadfast commitment to Seattle Children’s, our patients and their families. We truly couldn’t do it without you.
– Aileen Kelly, executive director, Seattle Children’s Guild Association
When JoAnne Jones picked up the reins of the Mercer Island Guild Directory seven years ago, she carried on a legacy that was once safeguarded in a shoebox of 3-by-5 cards, each with a handwritten business or residential entry.
“When I started, the guild was paying $10,000 for someone to type it up on a computer and I wanted that money to go to the kids, so I did it myself,” she says adding that this labor of love was well worth it to support a hospital that has helped so many, including her own husband when he was a child.
“Everyone has been touched by Seattle Children’s, whether it be themselves, their kids or their grandkids,” Jones says. “What the hospital does for our community is tremendous.
Each year, guild members sell directory ads to local businesses (the coveted Mercer Island map and back cover spaces go fast), and personally check and double-check every name, address and phone number for 7,000 residential listings. Through this project, the guild has raised an impressive $4 million for Seattle Children’s uncompensated care in its nine decades!
Pink Bandanas Junior Guild
In honor of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, the Pink Bandanas 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.
Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild
Last fall, Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild hosted a celebration walk in Seward Park to commemorate guild supporters’ collective 1,000 miles hiked to raise awareness for SIDS research and hosted a “Take a Bite Out of SIDS” food-truck fundraiser during Microsoft’s October Giving Campaign.
- In November, guild members traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the passage of Scarlett’s Sunshine Act, which would strengthen existing efforts to better understand sudden unexpected deaths in infants and children.
- Raised a total of $65,000 to support SIDS research!
Colton’s Army Guild
On Nov. 2, the Colton’s Army Guild hosted its Casino Royale Dinner and Auction in Mill Creek. More than 150 guests enjoyed casino games, silent and live auctions, a raffle and a photo booth.
- Guild namesake Colton Matter shared stories from his first year in college; in January, he celebrates five years cancer-free!
- A “Christmas Tree of Love and Hope” was auctioned in loving memory of Colton’s grandmother.
- Raised a record $170,000 for cancer immunotherapy research!
Adaline Coffman Guild
A Night Out for Good on Dec. 6 in Chehalis. Guests enjoyed dinner, an auction and dancing.
- The auction featured a Royal Frenchel Bulldog puppy.
- Patient ambassador Elena Schefer, 16, spoke about living with Goldenhar syndrome, a congenital disease that alters development of the face and spine.
- Raised $60,000 for uncompensated care and research!
Hansje Brinker Guild
The Hansje Brinker Guild hosted its first Oranjebal, a Dutch-themed dinner and auction, on Oct. 26 in Sammamish. More than 100 guests topped off their dress clothes with a little bit of orange (the color of the Dutch royal family) and gathered for a wine toss, a photo booth, a dessert dash and a special performance by patient ambassador Cass Huff, accompanied on guitar by music therapist David Knott. Their songs included a Cass original entitled “Hello.”
- The guild’s name recalls a classic children’s novel and a character often associated with the story of a little Dutch boy, who saves Holland by plugging the dike with his finger.
- Raised $25,000 for Seattle Children’s Child Life Department!
Housing Solutions for Hope Guild
On Nov. 9, the Housing Solutions for Hope Guild hosted A Home for Healing Dinner and Auction in Seattle. More than 200 guests enjoyed a festive evening including a live auction, raise the paddle, a raffle and a wine toss.
- Guild members are thankful for community support that led to such success at their inaugural auction.
- Raised $118,000 to help patient families in need of permanent housing!
The Daughters Guild hosted the 13th annual Touchdowns for Tots on Nov. 9 in Seattle. Guests enjoyed a wine grab, a photo booth and a silent auction filled with themed baskets, group adventures and sports memorabilia.
- Constance Thompson, mother of patient ambassador Caleb, shared her son’s story.
- Raised more than $85,000 for uncompensated care!
Strong Cares Guild
The Strong Cares Guild hosted Let’s Taco ‘Bout A Cure! on Sept. 28 in Snohomish. More than 80 guests came together to support cancer research in honor of 5-year-old Layla, who is currently in remission. The party included a silent auction, a wine toss, dancing and a taco feast.
- A dessert dash featured taco-themed treats.
- Raised more than $19,000 for immunotherapy and uncompensated care for immunotherapy families!
The Garfield Guild kicked off the holidays at the Women’s Club of Olympia Annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 4. Guild members sold creative handmade crafts, including bowls, coasters and potholders.
- Raised nearly $1,000 for uncompensated care!
Mt. Si Med Squad Guild
The Mt. Si Med Squad Guild held a garage sale to support Seattle Children’s on Sept. 13.
- Raised $1,500 for the cancer and fertility assistance fund!
We Believe Guild
On Sept. 21, the We Believe Guild hosted Giddy Up for Children’s! in Medina. More than 150 guests arrived in their favorite boots, britches and bling for a fun evening featuring a live auction.
- Featured speakers included patient ambassador Roarke Hufford and his mom, Nina.
- Raised $227,000 for uncompensated care!
Joseph D. Simenstad Guild
The Joseph D. Simenstad Guild hosted its Disco Fever Dinner and Auction on Sept. 21 in Sammamish. More than 150 guests enjoyed a silent auction, a raffle, a wine toss and a spirited live auction.
- Guild members performed the disco classic “YMCA” in full Village People regalia for an adoring crowd.
- Raised $25,000 for uncompensated care!
Juleesa’s Smiles Guild
On Sept. 28, Juleesa’s Smiles Guild gathered friends and supporters for its annual Walk for Smiles 5K in Renton.
- More than 50 people walked the Cedar River Park Trail in memory of Juleesa Johnson, who fought a courageous battle against cancer.
- Raised $4,000 for Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program!
The Kent Guild hosted its 30th annual Artisans’ Festival in Kent on Nov. 4 and 5. Attendees enjoyed a wide selection of local handcrafted items, wearable art and gourmet treats.
- Raised more than $12,000 for uncompensated care!
Swim for Children's Guild
It was a perfect day to swim Lake Washington for 530 participants in the Swim for Children’s Guild’s 15th annual Park to Park Swim held Aug. 25. Swimmers chose the classic one-way route of 1.3 miles or challenged themselves with a “double-dip” roundtrip from O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland to Matthews Beach Park in Seattle and back.
- The fastest one-way swimmer finished in just over 30 minutes and the fastest double-dip swimmer finished in 57:31!
- Raised $60,000 for Seattle Children’s Emergency Assistance Fund!
Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild joined with partner Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to host the wildly successful 11th annual Run of Hope Seattle on Oct. 6 at Seward Park.
- More than 2,000 supporters laced up their trainers for the event’s 5K run and 3K walk.
- Raised more than $535,000 for pediatric brain tumor research!
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild
Spirited supporters celebrated at Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine Guild’s 11th annual Monster Bash on Oct. 19 in Seattle. Over 700 guests enjoyed this annual Halloween tradition, which included a hair-raising Haunted House, live music by Seattle’s own Recess Monkey, plus the always favorite Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk featuring Trophy Cupcakes. Guests donated costumes and signed giant Halloween cards for patients spending Halloween in the hospital.
- Many of the 100 volunteers who made the event possible were Seattle Children’s patients, nurses and doctors.
- Raised $20,000 for Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Program!
Miracle House Guild
On Sept. 21, the Miracle House Guild hosted Where Miracles Take Flight in Seattle. More than 120 guests enjoyed food by celebrated chef Tom Douglas, plus silent and live auctions.
- Patient and singer Kira Iaconetti performed and sang an impromptu encore, “On My Own,” from Les Misérables.
- Raised $127,000 for uncompensated care and Seattle Children’s music therapy program!
Fran Nordstrom Guild 2.0
Fran Nordstrom Guild 2.0 hosted a University of Washington “friendraiser” tailgate party at the UW vs Hawaii football game on Sept. 14. More than 140 fans and friends gathered to cheer on the Huskies and support Seattle Children’s.
- Raised $3,750 for uncompensated care!
Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild
On Sept. 14, the Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild hosted its Casino Night in Sheridan Beach. Guests played casino-style games, enjoyed a delicious dinner and heard an inspiring presentation by Dr. Jim Olson, who shared the latest advances in pediatric brain tumor research.
- Raised $24,000 for pediatric brain tumor research!
Team Rohan Guild
Friends, family members and supporters of Team Rohan Guild gathered Sept. 20 in Seattle for An Evening of Hope. The event included a silent auction featuring exceptional wines.
- The evening was punctuated by a radiant sunset that set off the Olympic Mountains over a shimmering Elliott Bay.
- Jim Olson shared via video the latest from his lab’s groundbreaking cancer research.
- Raised nearly $35,000 for pediatric brain tumor research!
Team Becca Guild
As part of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, Team Becca Guild hosted Eat, Drink and Be Giving on Sept. 21 in Seattle. More than 200 guests enjoyed delicious dinner and drinks, a silent and live auction, a raffle, raise the paddle and dancing.
- Dr. Rebecca Gardner shared stories from her clinical practice and the latest research developments in immunotherapy.
- Raised $113,000 for cancer immunotherapy research!
Trey Green Guild
The north Olympic Peninsula community gathered en masse for the 14th Annual Trey Green Guild Wine Gala & Auction and Golf Tournament held the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15 in Sequim.
- The gala featured a live auction emceed by Art Green, father of guild namesake Trey Green.
- Raised more than $100,000 for uncompensated care and research!
Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild
The Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild held its Silver Fantasy French-themed Evening in Paris on Dec. 6 in Richland.
- Lindsay Gailey shared about her son, William, 2, being treated at Seattle Children’s for a rare form of kidney cancer. He is now healthy and cancer-free!
- Raised nearly $30,000 for uncompensated care!
Unicorn Family Guild
The Unicorn Family Guild hosted Sparkle and Spend on Oct. 5 in Seattle. More than 80 guests joined in games, including a golden ticket raffle, heads and tails and a dessert dash. Featured speakers were Katie Sumerwell, the Gender Clinic’s nurse practitioner, and Iris, a Gender Clinic patient.
- The live auction included a one-of-a-kind unicorn quilt handstitched with 60 different fabrics.
- Raised $40,000 for Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic!
KC Howard Guild
The KC Howard Guild hosted its 25th anniversary holiday luncheon in Seattle on Dec. 9. Constance Thompson shared her story of traveling to four states before her son, Caleb, found the right treatment at Seattle Children’s.
- Guild members also sold votives and ornaments from the Friends for Life Guild to support cancer immunotherapy research.
- Raised more than $246,000 for uncompensated care!
3 Rivers Guild
The 3 Rivers Guild hosted Fall Into Fashion on Nov. 2 in Kennewick for 125 guests who enjoyed a catered luncheon, a raffle and the latest fashions.
- Fall looks modeled by guild members were presented by Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutique, Marla June’s Clothing Company, cabi, Chico’s and Christopher & Banks.
- Raised $5,200 for uncompensated care!
Bloom for Children’s Guild
Bloom for Children’s Guild members made and sold wreaths at their annual fundraiser, a much-anticipated holiday tradition.
- Each unique wreath was handcrafted with greens collected from the hospital grounds.
- Raised $4,000 for Seattle Children’s Grounds Department!
Des Moines Auxiliary
The Des Moines Auxiliary hosted a luncheon and holiday bazaar on Nov. 22 and 23.
- The bazaar featured handmade items, a bake sale, a raffle and photos with Santa.
- Raised more than $6,000 for uncompensated care and research!
- The guild raised an additional $2,000 at its annual holiday luncheon!
Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild
The Friends of Alyssa Burnett Center Guild gathered on Oct. 30 for a Bingo Night fundraiser. Students and families were among more than 150 supporters who celebrated at the sold-out event’s all-you-can-eat taco bar and even joined an impromptu dance party.
- Guests arrived in costumes that included superheroes, Marge Simpson and an enormous Almond Joy candy bar.
- Raised $4,500 for the Alyssa Burnett Center!
The ImmunoMomentum! Guild raised funds for Seattle Children’s through an online auction of Sounders memorabilia and hosted a “Minute to Win It” employee social during Microsoft’s October Giving Campaign.
- The guild also raises funds through the sale of custom-designed Seattle Sounders scarves available at games throughout the soccer season.
- Raised $42,000 for cancer immunotherapy research!
Fran Nordstrom Guild
On Oct. 25, the Fran Nordstrom Guild held its Downtown Hoedown in Seattle, marking the guild’s 34th night out to support Seattle Children’s. More than 300 guests celebrated with Southwestern food and cocktails, a live auction, a raffle, country music and line dancing.
- Brave guests tested their rodeo readiness on a mechanical bull.
- Raised over $376,000 – more than half of which was earmarked for mental health research!
More than 800 guests rocked out at the SMooCH Guild’s annual concert held at Seattle’s historic Showbox on Dec. 7. It was a memorable night of incredible food, philanthropy and amazing performances by Dude York, DeVotchka and Redd Kross!
- An all-star women chef lineup featured Makini Howell of Plum Bistro, Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata, Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita, Bella Sangar of Sri Bella, Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins and Nicole Matson of Ethan Stowell Restaurants.
- Raised $3.6 million for uncompensated care!
Seattle Festival of Trees Guild
The Seattle Festival of Trees Guild continued a longtime holiday tradition at the 42nd annual Festival of Trees in Seattle on Nov. 23 and 24. The fun began with a gala and dinner auction, followed the next day by the Festival of Trees Celebration featuring 22 themed Christmas trees. After the ceremonial lighting of the grand tree in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel lobby, guests enjoyed live music, a holiday boutique, taking photos with Santa, and visiting the Teddy Bear Suite and life-size gingerbread house.
- Singer, songwriter and patient ambassador Cass Huff performed a selection of Christmas songs.
- The guild’s weekend of events raised a total of more than $580,000 for uncompensated care and the Autism Center!
Little Lemon Drops Guild
The Little Lemon Drops Junior Guild hosted a memorable Movie Night in Shoreline on Sept. 7. More than 100 guests enjoyed a screening of the movie Up, a prize wheel, pizza and concessions, a raffle and a “Raise the Lemon” paddle raise.
- A lightning storm necessitated guild members’ last-minute scramble to find an indoor space in lieu of their usual outdoor venue.
- Raised $32,000 for uncompensated care!
The LUMA Guild presented Origin at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Nov. 15. Mateo Messina’s newest symphony explores the impact of DNA research on human health and understanding our ancestry. The evening featured performances by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Sleeping at Last, the Seattle Ladies Choir and Kira Iaconetti, a Seattle Children’s brain-tumor patient and musician who helped bring Messina’s latest work to life.
- Raised more than $170,000 for uncompensated care and immunotherapy research!
- It was a fun and busy fall for the guild, which also hosted Rocktoberfest at Georgetown Brewing Company on Sept. 28, raising an additional $10,000!
Bargain Boutiques Have Raised $550,000 to Fight Pediatric Cancer
For the past seven years, the Bargain Boutiques have partnered with zulily, an online retailer whose monthly employee sample sales benefit cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s. Last fall marked the most successful sale to date – this one exclusively for Seattle Sounders ticket holders.
Bargain Boutiques staff working the zulily special Seattle Sounders sale are (from left) Sarah Ladiges (Redmond store manager and member of the Bloom for Children’s Guild), Tanya Martin (Tri-Cities store manager and member of the Dr. L.G. Spaulding Guild), Robin Denis (Bainbridge Island store manager) and Chris Shultz (Olympia store manager and member of the Garfield Guild).