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Putting on the Glitz, Bradley Hospital’s 2017 Gala, Raises $477,200

On Friday, June 9, Bradley Hospital rolled out the red carpet, welcoming more than 250 friends and supporters to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for its 2017 Bravo Bradley gala, Putting on the Glitz. Chaired by Dede and Larry Madeira, the signature event for New England’s only psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children raised $477,200 to advance its pioneering pediatric mental health care, education, and research.

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Left to right: Larry Madeira and his wife, Dede, co-chairs of Putting on the Glitz; Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital and his wife, Denise; and Joan and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Of the total raised, the evening’s live auction fund-a-need generated $120,075 to support the launch of an intensive outpatient program for young people struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

“Everything we do at Bradley is made possible in large part thanks to the unwavering generosity of our donors who are committed to helping our patients and their families live the happiest and healthiest lives possible,” said Daniel J. Wall, president of Bradley Hospital. “That generosity was on full display this evening, with an incredible outpouring of support to help us launch a crucial, unprecedented program in our region.”

As guests arrived, dressed to the nines, they posed for souvenir photos alongside an antique 1941 Plymouth Super Deluxe before walking the red carpet into the event’s opening cocktail reception.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Long-time Bradley Hospital supporters, Betty (far left) and Joe Brito (far right) pose for a photo with John “Cool Cat” Amaral and his 1941 Plymouth Super Deluxe upon arriving at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on June 9 for Bradley Hospital’s 2017 Bravo Bradley gala, Putting on the Glitz. Mr. Amaral donated the use of his antique for the evening, while an actor from Big Orange Productions added to the night’s ambiance.

Following remarks from hospital leadership and a grateful Bradley Hospital parent, the program culminated with a moving video that captured a young man’s struggles with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. It chronicled the challenges he and his family faced in seeking treatment, and how Bradley Hospital is uniquely positioned to create a program to treat co-occurring disorders and ensure patients and their families receive the help they need. The emotional moment set the stage for professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group to present the event’s live auction and fund-a-need.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Benjamin Miller and his mother, Jennifer Gasior, enjoy a moment on the red carpet before heading into Putting on the Glitz. Grateful for the care they received, the family shared the emotional story of Ben’s struggles with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders during the event’s video presentation.

As Mr. Zekos introduced an exciting assortment of auction items, spirited bidding surrounded each package, with two experiences generating friendly competition among guests. A 7-day Costa Rica adventure for eight to Playa Herradura or Playa Hermosa sold two times over, each for $8,000, while a package of four club seats to an October Patriots game at Gillette Stadium and an autographed Rob Gronkowski sold for $16,000. During the fund-a-need, bid numbers were raised high and often, with a number of guests contributing at the $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 levels in support of the launch of an intensive outpatient program for co-occurring disorders.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

During the night’s fund-a-need, guests raised their bid numbers high and often to support the launch of an intensive outpatient program for co-occurring disorders with gifts at the $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 levels.

After the auction, guests enjoyed a dinner exquisitely prepared by Russell Moring Catering & Events, and danced to the sounds of Good Will and Them Apples.

“As a family who has felt, firsthand, the healing power of Bradley, this jewel of a hospital will always have a special place in our hearts, because what you take from it you carry with you for the rest of your life,” said Dede Madeira, who chaired the event with her husband Larry. “We are so thankful for the generosity of Bradley’s amazing donor community and for their commitment to breaking down the stigma that, sadly, still surrounds mental illness,” added Larry.

Bradley Hospital extends its thanks and appreciation to Putting on the Glitz title sponsors, Susan and David Brown; leadership donor, Amica Companies Foundation; platinum sponsors, AECOM and Transdev, and the more than five dozen sponsors and supporters who contributed generously to the event’s success.

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Left to right: Dr. Brian Pontarelli; Rulla Nehme, CFP; and Rick and Marcy Granoff enjoy Putting on the Glitz at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in support of Bradley Hospital.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Left to right: Sandy Stamoulis, RN, MBA with former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch and his wife, Cynthia Stern Lynch.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Left to right: Amy and Richard Beretta with Anandarajah Gowri, MD and Henry Sachs, MD at Putting on the Glitz, Bradley Hospital’s 2017 Bravo Bradley gala.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Bradley Hospital Governors, Gina and Andrew Therrien.

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Following a lively auction to support the launch of an intensive outpatient program for young people struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders at Bradley Hospitals, gala guests danced to the sounds of Good Will and Them Apples.

 

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