Bravo, Bradley! Gala and Auction Raises Record $401,468!
“A Passport to Rome” Highlights Care to Children and Families Struggling with Psychiatric, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
On Friday, June 6, nearly 300 friends and supporters of Bradley Hospital packed Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for this year’s Bravo, Bradley! Gala and Auction, raising a record $401,486 to support the nation’s first—and New England’s only—psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents.
Offering guests “a passport to Rome,” Bradley’s signature annual fundraiser, chaired by Bill and Tina Carr, featured Italian-inspired cuisine, music by Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band, and a live auction presented by professional auctioneer Paul Zekos.
Pictured right: (L-R) Dan Wall, President, Bradley Hospital, Karyn Horowitz, MD, Director of Outpatient Programs, Bradley Hospital, Elyse Monti, and Tina and Bill Carr, Bravo, Bradley! Co-Chairs.
“My wife and I have always gravitated towards children’s needs with our charitable support and the amazing work of Bradley Hospital has proven to be a perfect fit,” said Bill Carr, co-chair of the 2014 Bravo, Bradley! Gala and Auction. “For the children and families whose lives are affected by mental illness, Bradley is a life-saving place of healing that offers treatment and care that isn’t available anywhere else.”
Dr. Karyn Horowitz, director of outpatient programs for Bradley Hospital, spoke about the critical need to expand the hospital’s outpatient services, especially its group therapy programs. Currently, Bradley has a wait list for nearly all of its outpatient services, and for many, the wait could be months.
“At Bradley, we’re treating children facing significant challenges through outpatient group therapy and seeing incredible results,” said Horowitz. “Something magical happens when you put young people struggling with similar circumstances in a room with our talented mental health providers and they, together with their parents, find that they’re not alone. If we weren’t here, these children might end up hospitalized, or worse.”
The evening also included a powerful video message from Sydney, a 17 year-old patient who reclaimed her life thanks to Bradley Hospital’s Mindful Teen group therapy program. “I am not ashamed of my mental illness and I don’t think there’s any reason I should be—it has shaped the person I am today,” she said. “My dream is to one day become a social worker, ideally at Bradley, so I can help others going through what I’ve experienced.”
While proceeds from the event will help advance Bradley Hospital’s pioneering pediatric mental health care, education and research, the live auction Fund-a-Need will support the expansion of the hospital’s outpatient programs.
“Bravo Bradley is an opportunity for the community to both celebrate and further the progress of children and families who benefit from Bradley Hospital’s programs as a result of their generosity,” said Daniel J. Wall, president of Bradley Hospital. “Our gratitude to everyone who supports our work is enormous and we are grateful that this year’s support will help us reach more children and get them off the waiting list.”
(Photos by Al Weems Photographer)
Pictured left to right: Tina and Bill Carr, Bravo, Bradley! 2014 Co-chairs with
Bradley Hospital Foundation Board Chair David Brown and his wife Susan.
Pictured left to right: Ed Caron; Carol Peterson, Bradley Hospital Foundation board member;
Julius Caesar; and Chris Caron.
Pictured left to right: Ray and Lucy Mathieu with Julius Caesar.
Pictured left to right: Al and Gerrie Verrechia with Maureen Michalewich and Larry Aubin.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Carmen Sanchez and Rulla Nehme.