Social Media Chair
Thank You Note Lead
Karaoke Night Lead
Special Events Lead
Lexi and Erika
Ava and Brooke
We are still looking for members under 18 to take over the positions of Junior Treasurer and Farmer's Market Lead. If you are interested in filling one of these positions - email or contact us for a job description and information on how you can get involved.
The Pink Polka Dots Junior Guild was founded in memory of our friend Sydney
Sydney died on February 1, 2006 after a battle of just over a year with an untreatable brainstem glioma, a rare type of brain tumor. She was only eleven.
It is our goal to raise enough money for researchers to find a cure or more effective treatment for brain tumors. After experiencing Sydney’s heartbreaking fight with her illness, we don’t want this to happen to any other child or family. The funds we raise support the groundbreaking research of Dr. Jim Olson through Seattle Children’s and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
When we formed the guild in March, 2006, founding members Sierra Alef-Defoe, Maddy Berkman, and Kelsey Josund were in the sixth grade. Since then, we've handed leadership positions down as they go off to college, and we are now currently in the fourth generation of members. Our Guild has grown to include more friends of Sydney’s, our younger sisters, their friends, and family members. The current guild members are inspired by those who knew Sydney, but some were not even alive when she passed away. Past presidents include the founding members, Charlotte Berkman and Piper Hausman.
Our first big event was in April, 2006, when we fulfilled Sydney’s wish by holding a huge community garage sale. Our first year, we donated $12,000 to Seattle Children’s researchers. Now, we raise money through direct donations and the sale of our handmade and printed art cards, jewelry, hotpacks, and other crafts at local Farmer’s Markets, craft sales, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and special events such as a dance party, benefit concert, and lemonade stands. We also joined with Sydney’s family to hold an annual golf tournament fundraiser each September.