We started the day with a vendor table hosted by president Lisa Iland Hilbert, Patty Pacelli and Michael and Rosemary from Queen Mary Tea. The tea samples of our custom autism tea were a big hit, Also at the booth, Trevor Pacelli, a young adult author on the spectrum, sold books from his family's Growing Up Autistic book series. Both the tea and book sales donated at least 40 percent of the proceeds to the Autism Center Guild.
The luncheon featured the Seattle Children's CEO, Dr. Jeff Sperring, who thanked the 450 guilds profusely for their work in raising funds for Children's. The day also included awards, a panel of women physicians making breakthroughs in pediatric cancer, and a featured patient, Kat Tiscornia, a Mercer Island high school junior who has bravely fought a rare bone cancer and raised over $600,000 for uncompensated care through her own foundation. Delta Airlines presented her with a surprise check of $15,000!
Wow! was the perfect theme for a heartwarming and educational day that reminded us why we are doing what we do. Everyone felt blessed to be part of such a life-changing hospital and guild association.
At the May guild meeting, we finalized our 4-pillar new mission statement for the Autism Center Guild:
- Increase awareness of Seattle Children's Autism Center's research and clinical activities, and their impact on children and families on both a local and national level.
- Raise money to support the Seattle Children’s Autism Center’s greatest needs including family support programs.
- Support Seattle Children's Autism Center staff with volunteer hours and in-kind donations to enable them to more easily serve families and patients.
- Cultivate a growing membership which creates community, supports the Autism Center and each other, and maintains good standing in the Guild Association.
- Dr. Brian King is leaving Seattle Children's to open a center at University of California, San Francisco. He has been asked and accepted to serve as honoree for the Festival of Trees Gala. He will be greatly missed in the Seattle autism community.
- We would like to thank Jeremy Stern and Amy Ven, a young Seattle couple getting married in July, for adding an option for their wedding guests to donate to the Seattle Children's Autism Guild in lieu of gifts on their registry. What a generous and wonderful idea! Thank you so much!
- Festival of Trees preparation has begun with "Warehouse Wednesdays" and other committee planning. There are tasks involving tree-decorating, sorting, organizing and more at the warehouse in West Seattle, so please reach out to Lisa or Patty to help out and get to know some other volunteers. Other days are available to help as well, and there is always a need for auction items. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions on how to get involved.