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 450 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 50 fundraising events throughout the year in our effort to support the Guild's Mission, which is: To advocate, volunteer, and fundraise for children and families of All Children's hospital.
In the last two 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 in the new hospital, and a Rose & Butterfly Garden for families and staff to enjoy.
Most recently, the Guild has accepted a three year, $900,000 pledge to 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.
Fundraisers of this Branch include its 50th Mrs. Santa Luncheon with a fashion show, Carrabba's Luncheons, a Ducky Event as well as other luncheons and card parties. The Beach Branch meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at The Club at Treasure Island.
The Seminole/Largo Branch hosts many fundraisers including, its 20th 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 will be announced, accept the months of December and February, where they meet at a private residence.
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 Center in East Lake on Tampa Rd.
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.
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 in Pasco.
The Sarasota/Manatee Branch will host on November 16, 2013 the 2013 Miracle Ball and Carrabba's Luncheon/Fashion Show in April. 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.
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.
The Brandon Branch will a variety of gatherings and fundraisers throughout the 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 All Children's Outpatient Care in Brandon.
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.