“Monopoly Ball” Raises $1.4 Million to Benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Annual fundraiser celebrates hospital’s 20th anniversary with multiple tributes, performances
On March 8, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s “Monopoly Ball” packed the Rhode Island Convention Center with 1,100 supporters, the largest crowd ever to attend the hospital’s annual fundraising gala. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s opening in 1994 and raised $1.4 million to support critical programs with the greatest needs at the hospital. The live auction benefited the Child Life Services department, which provides pediatric patients and their families with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization.
This year’s theme was in recognition of Hasbro, Inc.’s MONOPOLY game. In addition to the theme, Hasbro, Inc. with the hospital produced MONOPOLY: The Ultimate Rhode Island Edition. Sales of the game were strong at the event, and beginning in late March, games will be sold online, at the hospital gift shop, and at participating CVS and Toys‘R’Us locations, with 100 percent of the sale price benefiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
“For the past 20 years, Hasbro Children’s Hospital has upheld three pillars: outstanding patient care for children and their families, world-class medical education to train the next generation of physicians and nurses, and groundbreaking research to discover new diagnoses and treatments,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan. “The future of our children’s hospital remains exceptionally bright thanks to the generosity of all the individuals who have given of themselves, over the past two decades, to help keep Hasbro Children’s Hospital at the forefront of pediatric medicine.”
The event co-chairs were Dolph and Maureen Johnson, and the honorary chairs were Dory and Brad Faxon, Barbara and Brian Goldner, and Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld. The festivities included a Porsche Boxster raffle from Porsche of Warwick, a silent auction, and a live auction hosted by PGA professional Brad Faxon and Tony Petrarca, chief meteorologist for WPRI 12. A video was shown of 20-year-old Christopher McKeon, the hospital’s first brain surgery patient, and his family and treatment team.
As special presentations by title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., the evening also included a guest performance by comedian and TV personality Kathleen Madigan. Hasbro, Inc.’s award-winning employee band, Toys 2 Men, rocked the evening and even jammed with doctors from the hospital. Boston-based musicians, The FAM, premiered the song “All For One” along with the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. Local DJ TWALLE capped off the event with a dance mix.
“Our gratitude goes out to the many caregivers, friends, patients and families who attended the Monopoly Ball, and to all of our dedicated corporate sponsors for helping make this event—and Hasbro Children’s Hospital—such a tremendous success,” said Scott B. Laurans, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors. “Our title sponsor, Hasbro, Inc., is not only our hospital’s namesake, but our unwavering partner in care. We are also grateful for the support of our presenting sponsors, Alex and Ani Charity By Design, Belcourt of Newport, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard and CVS Caremark.”
All event photos by Al Weems Photographer