Bravo, Bradley! Next Stop: San Francisco!
Bravo, Bradley! Next Stop: San Francisco Raises
Record $467,435 for Bradley Hospital
Bradley Hospital welcomed nearly 350 of its closest friends and supporters to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 5, for this year’s Bravo, Bradley! Next Stop: San Francisco. The signature event, co-chaired by Bill and Tina Carr, raised a record $467,435 to advance the pioneering pediatric mental health care, education and research at Bradley Hospital. Of the total raised, the live auction’s unprecedented Fund-a-Need generated $162,500 to support the critical expansion of Bradley’s Intensive Program for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
(Above) Bringing the City by the Bay to Rhode Island: Performers with TEN31 Productions donned custom-made headpieces depicting the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline as they welcomed guests to the cocktail and hors d’oeuvres portion of this year’s Bravo, Bradley!
“Bravo, Bradley is an opportunity for us to highlight the life-saving work of Bradley Hospital that is made possible in large part thanks to philanthropy,” said Daniel J. Wall, president of Bradley Hospital. “But above pushing the boundaries of research, education and care, we fight the stigma of mental illness which too often prevents people from seeking treatment—my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped to make this year’s event an overwhelming success.”
As guests entered Rhodes, they were immediately transported to the water-famed city of San Francisco, welcomed by two replica horses from the City by the Bay’s iconic Pier 39 Carousel in front of a 40-foot canvas depicting the Golden Gate Bridge. After a moving video about a young boy’s struggle with OCD and the help he and his family received at Bradley, professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group presented the evening’s live auction.
Spirited bidding surrounded each item, with bid numbers raised high and often, including several guests who raised their bid cards at the $10,000 level to directly support the OCD program. In keeping with the Northern California theme, one lucky guest bid $8,000 to land a 4-night stay for 6-8 people at a spectacular Sonoma Winery guest house. Following the auction, guests enjoyed a dinner of culinary delights prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering and then danced to the sounds of Good Will and Them Apples Band.
“It was a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated committee in support of an event that both celebrates and furthers the progress of children and families who benefit from Bradley’s programs,” said Bill Carr, who served as co-chair of the 2015 Bravo, Bradley! with his wife, Tina. “Mental illness impacts our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues, and Bradley Hospital is a special place of healing that helps children and families re-claim their lives—we’re so fortunate to have Bradley in our own backyard,” added Tina.
Bradley Hospital extends special thanks to title sponsor, Browns; presenting sponsors, Amica Insurance and Pure Insurance, and platinum sponsor Alex and Ani Charity by Design.
An Evening of Record Support: (Left to right) Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and his wife, Joan, join Bradley Hospital President Daniel J. Wall and his wife, Denise, along with Bill and Tina Carr, 2015 Bravo, Bradley! Next Stop: San Francisco co-chairs.
Parents of a Grateful Patient: (Left to right) Brady Case, MD, shares a moment with grateful patient family Christine and Mark Ryan, and Abbe Garcia, PhD, at Bravo, Bradley! Next Stop: San Francisco.
Funding Life-Saving Treatment: Guests at the 2015 Bravo, Bradley! raised their bid numbers high and often during the live auction’s unprecedented Fund-a-Need, generating $162,500 to support the critical expansion of Bradley Hospital’s Intensive Program for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.