On Friday, my mom and I attended (with hundreds of others) the 2013 Annual Meeting & Luncheon Celebration of Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Association. This association is unique in all of the United States of America. It does a huge amount of good every year, and continues to grow. It does all of this because of you, its members and friends. Thank you!
At the meeting, they showed some videos and slideshows. This one introduces the new, state-of-the-art (and already FULLY occupied by patients - yes, every bed is full!) Building Hope:
I love the fact that the building is actually named "Building Hope:" BUILDING is both a noun and a verb. That tells you a lot about what kind of hospital this is - it's different, it's better than we could imagine, and it should be the model for others, including adult hospitals.
Here are some inspiring facts that were shared about the Guild Association, and what was accomplished during the year 2012:
21 new guilds
$10.46 million project revenue*
$145,900 membership revenue
$454,700 net Bargain Boutiques revenue (your thrift-shopping and donations make a difference!)
150,777 volunteer hours
* $7.1 million of this was raised by the Friends of Costco Guild/Costco. WOW!
Through its many supporters and wonderful employees, Seattle Children's Hospital is indeed "Building Hope." The Guild Association is part of the foundation supporting that hope. If you are a member, a special "thanks" to you.
If you are not a member yet, please JOIN US! For more info about guilds, click here; and here is a link that makes it easy to join.