Hope On The Hill Guild

Hope on the Hill Guild was founded in October 2009 by 11 women who were inspired to come together and raise money to help make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families treated at Seattle Children's Hospital. Through local fundraising efforts, the guild seeks to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital's uncompensated care program to ensure that all children receive quality medical care, regardless of their family's ability to pay. This year, the hospital is expected to provide more than $100 million in uncompensated care to children in need.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital (Children's) is ranked one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Child magazines. Children's is a state-of-the-art pediatric referral center serving children in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho with over 45 outpatient and satellite clinics. In any one year there are more than 13,000 children hospitalized at Children's and more than 232,000 total patient visits. Founded in 1907, Children's provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts cutting-edge pediatric research. The mission of Children's is to prevent, treat and cure childhood illnesses. It also serves as a respected educational resource for parents and healthcare professionals alike. It is a gift that Children's is right here in our backyard.

About the Children's Guild Association

Children's Guild Association (Guild Association) is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation. The mission of the Guild Association is to raise funds for uncompensated care and other special needs of the hospital, provide education about the hospital, and advocate on behalf of all children. The Guild Association serves as the umbrella organization for nearly 500 groups of friends, families, co-workers and community members who donate their time and resources to support Children's. Through the generosity of guild members and their friends, the Guild Association is able to support families, regardless of their families' ability to pay.


President: Courtney Blessing

Member Since: 2009
Current Role: President
My Family:
MY LIFE: is busy but amazing.
MY GUILD: After losing my son at just 10 days old, I wanted to find a way to help children and their families during these difficult times.


Vice President: Sarah Keibler

Member Since: 2011
Current Role: Vice President
My Family: Married to my high school sweetheart, Evan and we have three energetic children : Walter, Wesley, & Elaina
My Life: I work, I play, I travel, I run, I yoga, and I spend time with those that I love. I aspire to be a better cook and to keep a cleaner home.
My Guild: Gives me a chance to spend time with some amazing women, while we improve the lives of families that need it. Raising money for uncompensated care assures all families get the best medical treatment regardless of their ability to pay.


Treasurer: Nicole Newton

Member Since: 2012
My Family: Married to the love of my life, Pat, in September 1999. We were blessed with a boy, Jack born in 2004, and a girl, Charlotte born in 2007. Our family is complete.
My Life: Revolves around my family. I'm a stay at home mom and I love taking care of my family and spending time with them. I enjoy volunteering at my kids' school and with their activities like Scouts. I also enjoy spending time with friends, book club, mountain biking, and baking.
My Guild: I joined Hope on the Hill Guild because it is a great group of women that work hard to make a difference for the children and families at Seattle Children's Hospital, and I'm proud to be a part of it.


Secretary: Stefany Northcutt

Member Since: 2013
Current Role: Marketing Chair, Secretary
My Family: Wife to Jeff and mom to three super funny and smart girls.
My Life: I like to work hard and play hard. My life is full, busy and fun!
My Guild: I want to be a part of something important and much bigger than myself. I can't think of a more worthy or necessary cause than Seattle Children's Hospital.


Membership: Katlin Lee

Member Since: 2015
Current Role: Membership Chair
My Family: I live in fabulous Snoqualmie Ridge with my husband, Sean and our daughter, Stella.
My Life: I sell real estate and am an outdoor enthusiast. On any given weekend you can find us skiing, hiking, biking, scuba diving, camping, etc etc. We love to travel and can't wait to show our daughter all the amazing places the world has to offer. I also love Crossfit, yoga and red wine.
My Guild: I was invited to join the guild by my neighbor and dear friend, Courtney. I had been looking for an organization to commit my time and efforts to and Hope on the Hill was a great fit. Our daughter was a premie and had stint in the NICU. I understand personally how important it is to have a hospital like Seattle Children's to take care of your little ones when they need it. I have loved being a part of this organization and feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such a fantastic and strong group of women who are so dedicated to their cause.


Our Fantastic Members:




Erika Heesacker
Member Since: 2012
My Family: My busy family includes my husband, Jim, twins Kellen and Taylor and step-daughter Jenna. We also consider our furry pets part of our family: Dachshund Linus and French Bulldog Beatrix "Bea".
My Life: I grew up in the small town of Brownsville in the middle of Oregon's farm country. I graduated with an English degree from the University of Oregon and moved to Seattle immediately following graduation. I moved seeking a career and the energy of life in the big city. Today I call Issaquah home. Issaquah is the perfect mix of small town charm and small town community yet just a short drive to the city life I love. In my free time you'll find me baking and decorating cookies, glamping in our RV, and looking for any opportunity I can find to travel.
My Guild: I wanted to get involved with Hope on the Hill because I have a strong desire to give back to my community. I recognize how fortunate I am to have three healthy children and understand my responsibility to give back. I hope to set an example for my children so that they too will want to get involved with the community at some time.


Katie Fazio
Member Since: 2015
Current Role: Marketing Chair
My Family: Husband Anthony and three children: Jonah (5), Rory (3), & Lucia (1).
My Life: I'm a stay at home mom, but plan to pursue doula and childbirth educator training and open my own birth services business in the near future. I enjoy tennis, hiking, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and reading. I aspire to go to midwifery school someday.
My Guild: Gives me a chance to meet some fantastic ladies, enjoy an outlet outside of my family duties, and help families who truly need and deserve it. All kids deserve the best medical care, regardless of their families' ability to pay, and the uncompensated care fund assures this. I can't think of a better cause.



Erin Stevens Michael
Member Since: 2009
Current Role: Hope on the Hill Holiday Giving Drive Chairperson 2009 – current
My Family: Married to Kevin with 3 children: Clara, Janie, and Callen
My Life: After working in Pediatric Neuropsychology for five years, I decided to take some time off to stay at home with my children. I enjoy party planning, crafting, lifting weights and watching classic films.
My Guild: A very dear friend of mine received ongoing treatment at Seattle Children's through her childhood and credits the care with saving her life. I now love working with this great group of ambitious ladies for an organization that does so much for the children of our region.




Leanne Nanakul
Member Since: 2013
My Family: Married to Michael with 3 children: Matthew, Brooklyn, and Lucas
My Life: I love to have my fingers in so many things. I have been a travel agent with AAA for 10years, I have been a Pampered Chef Consultant for three years and enjoying watching people get joy out of cooking again. I love to work in my garden and grow my own vegetables.
My Guild: I had a few friends in the guild and really enjoyed seeing the joy they got out of being able to help Seattle Children's Hospital. I love the feeling of being able to help take the burden off of families that need the help. Being a mother, I know that would be the last thing I need to deal with is financial issues when it comes to the care of my child. Nobody should be denied the best care possible.


Tiffany Jay Smith
Member Since: 2012
My Role: Member, Built For Hope Chair
My Family: Married in 2006 to Corey. We are both graduates of LWHS class of 93. In 2007 we welcomed our oldest son Cruz to the family and in 2011 we welcomed another baby boy named Jagger.
My Life: Before I decided to stay home with my boys I was in sales specifically working in the wine label industry. I find great joy in seeing many of my accounts on store shelves here in WA. My hobbies include wine tasting, traveling, exploring new foods, tennis and breeding and showing Arabian horses
My Guild: I have two very dear friends who unfortunately have spent a significant time at Seattle Children's. One of them had a son the same age as my oldest who was diagnosed with liver cancer at 4 years old, and the other was told her baby would not make it to full term because of major heart defects and other organ defects. These kids are now thriving healthy 7 and 5 year olds thanks to some of the best children's medical professionals in the world right here in our backyard. It is so important to make sure every child receives the best treatment possible and that is why I wanted to join HOTH to help make that a reality.


Drop Offs

With the holiday season approaching, Hope on the Hill Guild is working on our fourth annual toy drive for patients at Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center.

This year, Hope on the Hill Guild is making a special effort to focus on patients of the Autism Center. Launched in 2009, this center is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support services for families living with autism.

Around the community of Issaquah, drop locations are set up as donation centers. These locations will have marked collection boxes available in their facility during business hours. Participating businesses include:

Adventure Kids Playcare

775 Northwest Gilman Blvd # C-3 Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-5358

Caffe Ladro

1200 10th Avenue Northeast Issaquah, WA 98029-7406
(425) 391-9300

Hill Guild was able to collect over 450 items and we hope to exceed that amount this year!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Erin Michael at emichael@hopeonthehillguild.org

or Lizzy Rojas lrojas@hopeonthehillguild.org


For safety and infection control reasons, please donate only new items that are washable, nontoxic and not easily broken. We are unable to accept used toys or toys that represent violence. Please do not send large metal trucks or toys. Please do not wrap donations.



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Corporate Giving and Sponsorship

By becoming our supporter, you can help Hope on the Hill Guild's mission to raise funds for Seattle Children's Hospital to ensure that every child in our region (Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana) receives the best possible healthcare without financial worries. Your donation is tax-deductible (please consult your tax adviser for details). Without your help, we could not succeed with our mission. In addition, sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity for your company to be promoted at our event(s) and through our media channels.

We also invite you to help through:

Cash Donations
In-kind Donations
Silent Auction/Raffle Ticket Items
If you would like more information on how to help, please contact us.

Thank you for your continuous support and generosity.



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