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Pleasure Guild Calls for 2008 Volunteers

COLUMBUS, OH - 12/11/2007

Pleasure Guild, a volunteer organization of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, invites the public for membership of its new class with service beginning January 2008. 

Pleasure Guild is one of the oldest women’s organizations in Columbus, originating in the 1890s. Although the group has changed in size and function, its primary mission has remained to bring pleasure to the young patients of the hospital through direct volunteer work and fundraising in support of Nationwide Children’s programs. Pleasure Guild members make a three and a half year commitment and volunteer a total of 2,000 hours/year by participating in a variety of fundraising and service projects.

Pleasure Guild’s annual events include the childrens’ play – Annie is slated for March 7-9, 2008 at the Palace Theatre – members handle all aspects of the production from auditions and ticket sales, to costume and set design; “A Celebration of Wine, Food and Dining with the Stars” at SPAGIO in Grandview; and many other events that benefit Hospice and Palliative Care at Nationwide Children’s.

For more information and to obtain a Pleasure Guild membership application, contact Jen Clowdus at (614) 486-6069 or

About Pleasure Guild
Pleasure Guild, an organization of 60 women committed to raising funds and volunteering for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, traces its roots to the hospital’s beginnings. In 1890, a group of boys and girls decided to make and sell small crafts to raise money so they could purchase “pleasures” for children in the hospital. In 1908, a group of women formalized the children’s fundraising efforts and Pleasure Guild was born.

Pleasure Guild has raised over $3 million for Nationwide Children’s, and in recent years, contributions have gone to support children for whom a cure is beyond reach.

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