About Ryther League

The Ryther League is an auxiliary volunteer group comprised of approximately 18 groups throughout the Puget Sound region. For 73 years, League members have supported the children and programs at Ryther through fundraising, volunteer work and financial donations to the Center. The League is a separate 501(c)(3) organization, run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Members come from all walks of life - businesspeople, teachers, stay-at-home parents, students, civic leaders and more. Some have been involved with the League for many years; others are just starting out, forming their own units with friends, family or co-workers.

The benefits of membership are many. Members form close and often long-term bonds with the others in their unit. League members learn about the challenges facing our community's children and take a leadership role in providing solutions. Most of all, League members enjoy providing those "touches of home" that Ryther's kids have often missed like home-baked cookies, customized birthday cakes, handmade quilts and more. Today the Ryther League continues to build upon its extraordinary legacy of support and partnership with Ryther.

Current activities include:

  • The Hope Auction is a gala dinner with silent and live auctions held each March.
  • The R-Shoppe is a volunteer-run thrift shop located at 5435 Ballard Avenue. All proceeds benefit Ryther's programs.
  • Calico Unit's ongoing quilt-making project has created over 100 hand-made quilts for the children at Ryther's Acute Stabillization Program cottage.
  • League members bring dozens of home-baked cookies to Ryther every week providing that special "touch of home" that we want all Ryther's kids to experience.
  • For birthdays, League members donate made-to-order birthday cakes and candles.
  • The Holiday Store is run by League volunteers and stocked with gifts donated by League members. Each year, Ryther kids can choose free gifts from the store to give their families and friends.
  • Individual League groups run fundraisers ranging from crafts sales and bazaars to holiday luncheons, bingo nights and wine tasting.

Get involved with Ryther League!