Pleasure Guild, a Volunteer Organization of Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Calls for New Members

December 21, 2009

Pleasure Guild, one of the oldest women’s organizations in Columbus originating in the 1890s, is calling for new members for 2010. Although the group has changed in size and function, its primary mission has remained the same – to bring pleasure to the young patients of Nationwide Children’s Hospital through direct volunteer work and fundraising. The first informational session for potential new members will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at La Chatelaine on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.

Pleasure Guild members make a three and a half year commitment, and volunteer a total of 2,000 hours each year by participating in a variety of fundraising and service projects. Annual events include the family musical held in March at the Palace Theatre – this year’s production is Meredith Willson’s The Music Man set for March 12-14; “A Celebration of Wine, Food and Dining with the Stars” at SPAGIO in Grandview; and many other events that benefit the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For more information and to obtain a Pleasure Guild membership application, contact Jackie Comisar, vice president, at (614) 607-6572 or jurso2@yahoo.com.

About Pleasure Guild

Pleasure Guild, an organization of 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 more than $3 million for the children of 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 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare 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 nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 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 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 NationwideChildrens.org.