It is my honor and privilege to serve as the President of our Branch for the 2014-2015 year. In 1997, the Branch was organized by a handful of dedicated energetic women and continued to grow since then. The women and men of the Branch come from various backgrounds, who share the same common goal, which is to fund raise for All Children's Hospital and the two Outpatient Care Centers in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.
The mission of the All Children's Hospital Guild is to advocate, volunteer and fundraise for children and families of All Children's Hospital. I feel privileged to be part of this organization and welcome you to join us in our fundraising efforts for the coming year.
Our Branch has scheduled the following fund raisng events for the coming year:
Along with the other eight Branches of the Guild, a major portion of the funds we raise this year will go towards our three year pledge for the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at All Children's Hospital. This is a program at All Children's Hospital that will help provide a coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate approach for caring for children with life limiting and potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
A portion of the funds will also go to the Legacy Fund that will provide funds for special equipment, programs, or any other needs of the All Children's Outpatient Care Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch centers.
One of our Branch Legacy projects has funded the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) follow up clinic at the Outpatient Care Center in Sarasota, which raised funds to provide free care to these babies. Since 2000, the number of infants in the Sarasota County diagnosed with NAS has increased 1600%. All Children's Hospital in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital Neonatologists and Pediatricians will monitor a baby born addicted for three years and provide any developmental needs that the baby may require.
The Sarasota/Manatee Branch is a group of dedicated volunteers who meet on the third Tuesday of each month (August - May) at 6:30pm at the Outpatient Care in Sarasota. Located at 5881 Rand Blvd, Sarasota. We invite you to join us in helping the children of our community. "All we do All for Kids". Contact me for more informaion.
The hearts of the volunteers in the Branch is not measured in size, but by the depth of their commitment to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
ACH Guild Sarasota/Mantatee Branch President