Bringing together the motorcycle community in support of Children’s Hospital and their mission to eliminate childhood illness and injury.
Twenty One years ago, 100 motorcycles gathered to
participate in Children’s Ride 1. The event was
a success raising $13,000 for Children’s
In 2009, the Imagine Guild moved the Gala and Auction to the Fremont Studios where John Curley hosted an evening of laughs and fundraising to benefit the kids. We also featured the Bagger Build-off competition between Paul Yaffe/Destination Harley-Davidson and Brian Klock/Downtown Harley-Davidson.
In 2008, CR 13 raised more than $700,000 for Children’s Hospital. Who could have predicted that Children’s Ride would become one of the top five guild fundraisers for Children’s Hospital as well as one of the largest charity motorcycle events in the Pacific Northwest?
The Imagine Guild and Children’s Ride was founded in 1995 by Rick Baldwin. In 1974, Rick’s daughter Tessa was admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment of third-degree burns when a coffee pot toppled on to her. Being a young father with limited financial resources, Rick benefited from the uncompensated care fund provided by Children’s Hospital. Always wanting to repay the hospital for the care his family received, Rick combined his love for motorcycles with his gratitude to Children’s Hospital and the idea for Children’s Ride was born.Over the past twenty years, the Imagine Guild has grown from a few individuals to more than 70 men and women of all ages who share a love of motorcycles and a passion for helping children. Since its inception, the Imagine Guild has raised more than $5.6 million, providing care to hundreds of Northwest families.
Due to our extensive volunteer network, over 80 percent of our gross revenue is donated to the Hospital to support uncompensated care, diabetes research, and hydrocephalus research.In 2005, Children’s Ride grew from a one-day to a three day weekend event. The Children’s Ride Gala and Auction made its debut as a resounding success that year. Attracting one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the industry today, Paul Yaffe built a one-of-a-kind custom chopper for the auction. Excitement was at an all time high in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom as Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners and Chad Eaton, a former Seattle Seahawk, matched each other bid for bid on the custom motorcycle until Edgar offered the winning bid of $95,000.
If you are interested in learning more about Children's Ride and opportunities to participate, please contact Wendy Funicello at 206-987-4876 or firstname.lastname@example.org