We hope you are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times in 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, we have made the difficult decision to hold a virtual online event. Seattle Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care and Autism Center need your help even more than ever so please make plans to join us for an entertaining and inspiring presentation with a live auction, patient stories and musical entertainment. Silent auction items, raffles, and trees will be part of the event before and after the live auction. There will be no charge to register for the online event.
Our guild members are working hard in several ways to create a unique, special experience while raising funds to continue to help the families at Seattle Children's and the Autism Center. Beautiful and one-of-a-kind trees are being created, auction items are being collected, and new features will be offered that will allow more flexibility and more participation while raising funds to help families and children with health challenges. Check our website , Facebook page and Instagram to stay informed.
We'll miss seeing you in person but we are counting on your help to keep supporting Seattle Children's!
We are so excited for the weekend of festivities that will raise funds for Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care and their Autism Center, while enjoying great company, delicious food and drinks, and some of the most beautiful, festive sights of the holiday season in all the Northwest!
Thank you to all who have already made reservations for the gala on Saturday night. The deadline for tickets is Wednesday, November 20, and there are only a few seats left, so get your tickets now!
Only two trees are left for sale, and the prices will go up on Saturday, November 23, so take a look now if you're interested.
And don't forget to stop by the free Celebration on Sunday between 1 and 4 for even more holiday activities and the official Fairmont Olympic tree-lighting, featuring Seattle Children's patients.
We greatly appreciate all the support and can't wait to see you and celebrate this weekend!
This year's Seattle Festival of Trees gala is one month from today, on November 23! Get your tickets online and enjoy an elegant, fun way to kick off the holidays while supporting Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care and the Autism Center.
Tree-Lighting, Gingerbread House and More on Sunday
On Sunday, November 24, come to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel from 1 to 4 p.m. for the lighting of the Fairmont Christmas tree by a Seattle Children's patient, plus a celebration including Santa, choirs, storytelling, hot chocolate and cookies.
Walk through the life-size Gingerbread House, visit the Teddy Bear Suite and view more than 20 uniquely decorated trees, each one featuring a patient of Seattle Children's. Shop for holiday gifts for all ages. Bring your friends and family to this free Seattle holiday tradition!
Trees Still Available
There are only 5 trees left, so check them out if you or someone you know would like a designer tree delivered to your home or business. See the trees available here.
Get your tickets now for the Gala Dinner and Auction at the gorgeous Fairmont Olympic hotel. It will be a beautiful, elegant, festive evening with more than 20 designer trees for viewing, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by 1980s band Nite Wave. Enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine, and kick off the holiday season while helping children who need Uncompensated Care Funds or care at the Seattle Children's Autism Center. Hope to see you on Saturday evening, November 23.
Trees Available for Purchase - We have 10 trees available, all lovingly designed and created by our talented guild members. Who do you know who would love to display a beautiful tree at their home or business, while helping kids at Seattle Children's? We do custom trees, too. Please check the website for available trees and consider a purchase!
Trees are also available for Evergreen Sponsorship, with your name on a tree during the time it is displayed at the Fairmont Olympic hotel lobby from November 23 through December 4.
Thank you for your past and continued support! We look forward to seeing you at this year's events!
The Seattle Festival of Trees Guild Members
Hello! We are the Cuzcueta family of Seattle. And we have two amazing little twin girls who are on the Autism Spectrum. Though the last few years have been very hard on this journey, we have been working to give our girls the best quality of life with the amazing resources and help from Seattle Children’s Hospital and Autism Center.
Thanks to the amazing help we receive we have seen growth and look forward to a brighter future. We are able to enjoy life a little more each day because of Seattle Children's, and Children's can support families like mine because of the support from events like the Seattle Festival of Trees.
I can’t wait to share our story with you all in person at this year's Festival of Trees Gala on November 23, and share just how much your help impacts our daily life.
Sponsorships Still Needed
The Seattle Festival of Trees Gala would not be possible without event and tree sponsors, and we are grateful to those who have committed already. This year our goal is $120,000 and we are only about halfway there. We need several companies or individuals to sponsor the event at $20,000, $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000. A $3,000 sponsorship will put your name on one of the beautiful, unique, designer trees displayed at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel at the event and through the holiday season.
Watch for your invitation in September, and mark your calendars for the annual gala on November 23, 2019 at the Fairmont, and the free Celebration on Sunday, November 24.
We look forward to seeing you in November, and thank you in advance for your support!
The Seattle Festival of Trees Guild
It's next week! We still need your help:
1-We still have 10 trees for sale. See them @ http://trees.seattlefestivaloftrees.com
2-We have 8 auction items still needing sponsors. Items start at $7.99. Go to our Amazon Registry @ https://amzn.to/2KTDaFN Items are shipped to us.
3-We need volunteers Nov. 17&18. Signup @ http://volunteer.seattlefestivaloftrees.com
4-We still have gala tickets! Buy tickets @ http://gala.seattlefestivaloftrees.com
Please help Seattle Festival of Trees gather items for the silent auction and boutique by choosing one or more items from our Amazon Registry. Just purchase anything from the registry through your Amazon account. The item(s) will be automatically shipped to us. Your donation will benefit Seattle Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund and its Autism Center. Just go to https://amzn.to/2KTDaFN and help Seattle Festival of Trees put on the best Gala and Auction ever!
Patient Profile - Alex Cleary
Alex Cleary is an 18-year old college student and rugby player who visited Seattle Children’s Hospital for the first time as a one-week old infant. This was the beginning of a years-long journey to correct a cleft lip and palate.
A cleft palate is a birth defect in which the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose, the result of facial tissues not joining properly during pre-natal development. This condition can be successfully treated with surgery. Alex’s treatment at Seattle Children’s included lip repair at the age of three months, palate repair as a one-year old, a bone marrow transplant when he was 9, cosmetic nose and lip surgery when he turned 12, four years wearing braces, and jaw surgery when he turned 18. His final surgery is scheduled for November 7.
Alex, who started playing rugby as a sixth grader, is today a member of the U.S. Youth Olympics Rugby team and will be traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina to participate in the Youth Olympic Games from October 6-18. As a Youth Olympian, Alex has the opportunity to train with some of his favorite players, including Perry Baker and Carlin Isles.
In high school, Alex served as captain of his high school football, wrestling, and rugby teams, and recently received an athletic scholarship to attend Central Washington University. He’ll be playing rugby for Central beginning Winter Quarter 2019. Last year CWU was ranked #15 nationally in NCAA Division I Rugby.
Being a Youth Olympian calls for many responsibilities and a demanding travel schedule. This past summer, Alex trained with the U.S. Men’s Olympic Rugby Team in Chula Vista, California and Lake Placid, New York, for rugby trials. His future plans include earning his bachelor’s degree and continuing to play rugby into the future, possibly as a coach or team manager. When asked about becoming a member of the Seattle Seawolves, Alex replied with a grin, “Yeah, I’ve definitely thought about it. That would be really awesome.”
Alex’s proud grandmother, Rosemary Weimer, has been a champion for her grandson throughout both his medical journey and his rugby journey. She has also been, for many years, a dedicated member and officer of the Seattle Festival of Trees Guild (formerly the Dr. Forest Flashman Guild) and has been a prolific holiday tree designer.
Alex and his family would like to thank, in particular, Dr. Joseph Gruss, an Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery at Seattle Children’s, and Dr. Hitesh Kapadia, the Division Chief of Craniofacial Orthodontics.
We're still accepting sponsorships until the end of October. If you like to participate in the Festival of Trees as a sponsor go here.
There are still several one-of-a-kind themed trees available for purchase for your home or business. Prices go up November 17. Choose your favorite here.
Holidays with Harry
New this year, a one of a kind, 9 foot tree loaded with Harry Potter memorabilia, "Holidays with Harry". Topped with a Sorting Hat, it comes with a luggage cart, Fawkes the Phoenix, Dobby and other figurines, a Monster Book of Monsters, a Marauder's Map and much, much more. Perfect for the Harry Potter fan.
Would you like to have this tree for your home or business? Make a bid on this tree and it could be yours.
See more photos and details about bidding here.
Tickets are still available for the Gala Dinner and Auction at the gorgeous Fairmont Olympic hotel. It will be a beautiful, elegant, festive evening with more than 20 trees for viewing, entertainment by Geoffrey Castle, gourmet food and wine, and a silent and live auction. Saturday evening, November 17.
Invite friends and family of all ages to the FREE Celebration on Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. for the Fairmont tree lighting, the opening of the Teddy Bear Suite, and cookies, cocoa, storytelling, Santa, choirs, gift-shopping and more. Start a new tradition at this perfect way to usher in the Seattle Holiday season.
Want to do more? We have a number of ways you can partner with Seattle Festival of Trees. Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care and Autism Center needs you to help make a difference. See below for how you can partner with us:
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