Lightning McQueen to appear at Bounce for Hope benefit

January 15, 2013

Kids and parents alike can get their picture taken with the real Lightning McQueen race car at the second annual Bounce for Hope benefit for Seattle Children’s at Kidz Bounce in Preston on Jan. 21.

The event is organized by Hope on the Hill Guild, a group founded in 2009 that seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of children treated at Seattle Children’s and their families.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the hospital’s uncompensated care program, which provides funding for the treatment of all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

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Guild bounces to Issaquah fundraiser for Seattle Children’s

January 3, 2012

Based in Issaquah, the Hope on the Hill Guild has announced its inaugural “Bounce for Hope” benefit for Seattle Children’s.

The event is set for Jan. 16 at KidzBounce in Issaquah.

Proceeds from event ticket sales and activities will be donated to Seattle Children’s uncompensated care program, which aims to allow children to receive treatment at the Seattle medical facility regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Last year, Seattle Children’s provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care, according to the guild.

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From Presidents to Pants: Rocker reinvents sound for kids

May 3, 2011

Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, performs for a group of youths as his kiddie rock persona Caspar Babypants.By Tim Pfarr

After almost 15 years of rock ‘n’ roll, Grammy-nominated Seattle musician Chris Ballew decided to turn down the gain on his amplifier. In 2009, The Presidents of the United States of America front man formed the children’s band Caspar Babypants, playing shows for parents and toddlers across Western Washington.

The group will make a stop in Issaquah May 7 for a 10:30 a.m. performance at Blakely Hall as part of a literacy event sponsored by a Community Action Grant from the Foundation for Early Learning.

The band’s songs — written by Ballew — are folkie and touch on topics such as centipedes, elephants and frogs. Although the tunes are directed at children younger than 6 or 7, adults might find themselves just as entertained.

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