SEATTLE, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, December 3rd, an impressive lineup of musicians and nationally celebrated chefs will donate their time and talents to raise funds for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. This unique event at music venue, The Showbox, is sponsored by Seattle's founders of the indie music scene, Sub Pop Records and KEXP, and has raised over $4 million in just 4 years. The event was started by Pete and Brandy Nordstrom in 2012, after their infant son received life-saving treatment from the award-winning hospital. Pete Nordstrom, Co-President of Nordstrom, Inc., and a musician himself was amazed by the quality of care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. He and his wife Brandy saw the need to raise funds and awareness for the hospital's uncompensated care program. Since its inception, SMooCH has attracted talented music acts such as Allen Stone, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, The Afghan Whigs, Mary Lambert and Sir Mix-A-Lot. For the second year in a row, Ethan Stowell of ESR has curated a group of Northwest chefs to personally serve VIP guests, including James Beard Award winner, Maria Hines of Maria Hines Restaurants. 100% of all SMooCH proceeds go directly to help patients and their families.
"Brandy and I are grateful to be doing this with a group of talented people donating their time. This will be an unforgettable night where the music community and incredible chefs come together for a cause meaningful to many, and we could not be more proud to be a part of it," said Pete Nordstrom.
Sub Pop Records is the renowned independent record label based in Seattle, Washington, which put the city on the music map, releasing early music from artists like Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden.
"Though for some people, a smooch means getting to first base, we at Sub Pop have our bases loaded. This year's SMooCH promises to be as quintessentially "Seattle" as Golden Gardens and 12's. Get ready to party and to raise a ton of money for an awesome cause," said label president, Jonathan Poneman.
Despite busy touring and recording schedules, an impressive line-up of musicians have come out for the cause. Singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for the alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis, is performing solo with special guests at the event. Mascis says of his participation in the event, "I'm pretty psyched to play SMooCH. I've wanted to play it for a few years now. I had to take my kid to Seattle Children's Hospital when I was visiting Seattle, a couple of years ago, and I was really impressed with it for many reasons. It's the best hospital I've ever visited."
VIP guests will be treated to an exclusive tasting from six local award-winning restaurant chefs including and organized by Stowell. In addition to Stowell, a repeated James Beard nominee himself, and Hines, other chef appearances include James Beard Award winner Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy and Lionhead, Jason Stoneburner of Stoneburner, James Beard nominees, Josh Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective and Eduardo Jordan of Salare. During a silent auction VIP guests will bid on unique items such as a guitar signed by Aerosmith or an autographed bat from Ken Griffey Jr., and one-of-a-kind experiences, including dinner for 12 at the Staple & Fancy Cellar or a dinner for 20 at Bella Luna Farms. Guests will sip wine from the Underground Wine Project, poured by Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars and also enjoy access to hosted beverages all evening.
VIP tickets to the event are $265 and can be purchased online at www.axs.com. GA tickets are sold out. Doors for VIP will open at 5:30 p.m. General Admission doors will open at 8:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m.
About Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care Fund
Seattle Children's opened its doors in 1907 – with the vision to care for every child in our region, regardless of the family's ability to pay. In 2015, Seattle Children's provided over $111 million in uncompensated care by supporting 152,704 visits for families who had limited or no resources to pay their medical bills. This essential program fulfills Seattle Children's founding promise to provide care to every infant, child and teen in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho in need — regardless of insurance coverage or financial circumstances.