The All Children's Hospital Guild is made up of dedicated volunteers who assist the All Children's Hospital Foundation by providing resources for children who need the hospital's services. From a single organization formed in 1949 in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Guild has grown to include more than 400 members in nine Branches - St. Petersburg Day, Beach, Seminole/Largo, North Pinellas, St. Petersburg Evening, Pasco, Sarasota/Manatee, Tampa, and Brandon. The Branches host more than thirty fundraising events throughout the year in the effort to support the Guild's Mission, which is: To advocate, volunteer, and fundraise for children and families of All Children's hospital.
In past years, the Guild has completed a $500,000 pledge to the Applied Behavioral Analysis Program and through the years, the Guild has raised funds for a variety of programs and projects. They have funded $4.1 million for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at All Children's Hospital, and a Rose & Butterfly Garden for families and staff to enjoy.
The Guild is currently on it third year of a three year, $900,000 pledge to Pediatric Palliative Care. The Pediatric Palliative Care Program at All Children's Hospital helps provide a coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to caring for children with life-limiting or potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The Guild's gift will create an endowment to expand and sustain the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Program.
The Pediatric Palliative Care Program has a team consisting of a physician, nurse, social worker, child life specialist, chaplain and pain management nurse. The Palliative Care Team supports the primary health care team by providing emotional and spiritual support to the children and their family members. The goal is to help children and families live as normal as life as possible and support them in making decisions about care, while respecting families' choices, values, and cultural traditions. Half of the infants and children hospitalized at All Children's can benefit from some or all of the Palliative Care Team's services. The Guild's gift will also create a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship to help provide specialized physician training, enhance medical care, and provide needed medical research and education in pediatric palliative care.
In addition to the pledge commitment, each Branch has a Legacy Fund in which monies support timely and urgent needs of the hospital and the ACH Outpatient Care Centers. This includes research funding, program or clinical support, and advocacy or educations support.
Major fundraisers include a Fashion Show and the All Children's Hospital Gift Shop. In spring time, the Branch's annual fashion show and luncheon will be held. This Branch meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10a.m. at the All Children's Hospital Hospital Education Conference Center. Click on to learn more about the Petersburg Day Branch.
Fundraisers of this Branch include its 51st Mrs. Santa Luncheon with a fashion show, Spring Fling Fashion Show Luncheon, a Ducky Event and a Game and Card Party event. The Beach Branch meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at The Club at Treasure Island. Click on to learn more about the Beach Branch.
The Seminole/Largo Branch hosts many fundraisers including, its 21st Annual All Children's Charity Golf Tournament at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, Bunco nights, and Walk-a-thons at local schools. They meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. location Seminole Community Library accept the months of December and February, where they meet at a private residence. Click on to learn more about the Seminole/Largo Branch.
The North Pinellas Branch hosts many fundraisers including Harvest Bunco in September, Car & Toy Show in December, Springtime Quarter Auction and Spring Bunco. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 6:00pm at the All Children's Outreach Care East Lake on Tampa Rd. Click on to learn more about the North Pinellas Branch.
The Evening Branch hosts the All Children's Hospital Charity Ball, which will be celebrating its 83rd year in January 2014. The theme this year, "Sultry Night". The event will be held at the Coliseum in St Petersburg. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at various locations. click on to learn more about the Evening Branch.
The Pasco Branch will be hosting several FUN-Fundraising events. The "Country Evening" event will be in March 2014 and a fall and spring bunco event too. The Branch meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at All Children's Outpatient Care Pasco. Click on to learn more about the Pasco Branch.
The Sarasota/Manatee Branch will be hosting the Miracle Ball and Annual Fashion Show Luncheon. The Sarasota/Manatee Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. between All Children's Outpatient Care Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch center. Click on to learn more about Sarasota/Manatee Branch.
The Tampa Branch hosts gatherings and fundraisers throughout the year. Monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month 5:30 p.m. at the All Children's Outpatient Care Tampa. Click on to learn more about the Tampa Branch.
The Brandon Branch will be hosting Breakfast with Santa and 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Costume Ball this year. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, with a social at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the All Children's Outpatient Care Brandon. Click on to learn more about the Brandon Branch.
For more information on joining one of the Guild Branches or to support one of the many Guild fundraising activities, contact Alison Debowsky in the All Children's Hospital Foundation office at (727) 767-3879.