Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital’s Annual Gala, Raises Record $557,425
As music filled the air at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 3, setting the tone for what would be an inspirational night, Bradley Hospital welcomed more than 350 supporters to its 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala, Feel the Power of Music. Chaired by Marcy and Rick Granoff, the signature event raised a Bradley record $557,425 to advance the hospital’s pioneering pediatric mental health care, education and research.
(Above) Bringing Down the House: This year’s Bravo, Bradley opened with a special musical performance by The 18 Wheelers of The Wheeler School, who left the stage to a rousing ovation!
Of the total raised, the event’s live auction Fund-a-Need generated $160,250 to help establish an outpatient clinic for young patients with autism and developmental disabilities.
“Every day at Bradley, we heal the hearts and minds of children and their families who often have nowhere else to turn for help, and so much of that work is possible thanks to the generosity of our donor community,” said Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital. “As we mark the 85th anniversary of Bradley opening its doors, it was philanthropy that fueled our creation and remains the fuel that keeps us on the leading edge of care, cures and hope—our sincerest thanks to everyone who made this event a success.”
A Night of Record-Setting Support: Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; and Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital, join Rick and Marcy Granoff, Chairs of 2016 Bravo, Bradley, Feel the Power of Music. Representing Bradley’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised a record $557,425.
With an overarching theme that captured music’s intrinsic ability to bring forth powerful emotions and connect people, guests were treated to a special musical performance by The 18 Wheelers and Sidy Maïga to kick-off the evening. After a moving video about a young boy’s challenges with mental illness, autism and other developmental disabilities, and the impact Bradley Hospital has had on his life, professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group presented the event’s live auction and Fund-a-Need.
As Mr. Zekos introduced an impressive array of items, spirited bidding surrounded each with two experiences generating a level of friendly competition that resulted in additional packages being added mid-auction. Three sets of guests bid $12,000 individually, each landing a 7-night trip to Tuscany for four to stay in a Cortona Villa, while two in-home dinners for 10 prepared by Chef Ben Lloyd of The Salted Slate in Providence sold for $8,500 each. At the end of the auction, guests dined on dinner expertly prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering and danced to the sounds of Steve Anthony & Persuasion.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to chair such an important event and work alongside a committee whose unprecedented involvement and dedication paved the way for the record amount raised,” said Rick Granoff, who chaired this year’s Bravo, Bradley with his wife, Marcy.
“Helping children live life to the fullest is what Bradley is all about—this is a hospital near and dear to our hearts—and thanks to the community’s outpouring of support, more children and families will benefit from its life-changing care,” added Marcy.
Bradley Hospital extends special thanks to title sponsors, Susan and David Brown, and Richard and Susanne Baccari and family; presenting sponsor, AECOM; leadership donor, Amica Companies Foundation; and platinum sponsors, Marcy and Rick Granoff, and Transdev.
Feeling the Power of Music: Abbe Garcia, PhD, Bradley Hospital; Kristine Colardo; Patrick C. Lynch, former Attorney General of Rhode Island and his wife, Cynthia; and Albert Garcia enjoy Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala.
Helping to Heal the Hearts and Minds of Children: Long-time Bradley Hospital supporters, Carol Peterson and Chris and Ed Caron pose for a photo upon entering Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 3 for the hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala, Feel the Power of Music.
We Jammin’: Bravo, Bradley Chair, Rick Granoff (center, in white) and his son, Jonathan (far right), joined Steve Anthony & Persuasion on stage during the band’s performance at Feel the Power of Music.
All Smiles: Gerrie and Al Verrecchia with Lynda Adams-Robitaille and John Robitaille at Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala.