With a legacy dating as far back as 1962, Columbia Winery has been a longtime member of the Seattle area community. Last weekend brought the 12th Annual Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run, which has pushed the Woodinville winery over $1 million in donations accrued to support of uncompensated care for Seattle Children's Hospital.
"The Columbia Winery team is thrilled to announce our 12th Annual Charity Walk & Run has reached over $1 million in donations over the past decade," said John Sportelli, Senior Manager. "We are proud to contribute towards the incredible efforts that Seattle Children's Hospital provides our community."
The Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run has been a cornerstone piece of the 31st Annual Auction of Washington Wines for more than a decade. Taking place over four days, the Auction promotes Washington State wines and is the Northwest region's most prestigious charity wine event. The Auction has raised over $41 million since 1988, benefitting the wine industry and local organizations.
Each year, the fundraising efforts of the Auction and affiliated events such as the Columbia Winery Walk & Run have aided Seattle Children's Hospital towards their goal to ensure children receive essential health care, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
"Our goal is to provide uncompensated care that ensures families are never in the position to decide if they can afford a child's medical treatment," said Aileen Kelly, Executive Director of the Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association. "Columbia Winery has been an essential partner in meeting this ever-growing need and the funds raised from thousands of generous participants in this annual event truly make a difference in these children's lives."
Last year, Seattle Children's provided over $164 million in uncompensated care to patients in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and other surrounding states. Of the more than 200,000 patients treated at Seattle Children's main campus each year, 65 percent need financial assistance.