Pleasure Guild Calls for 2008 Volunteers

December 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 Guilds annual events include the children's play Annie is slated for March 7-9, 2008 at the Palace Theater 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 hospitals 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.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at