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2016 Hasbro Children's Hospital Nerf Ball

Nerf Ball Tops $1 Million Raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital

With a theme of “Going the Distance to Keep Kids Healthy,” more than 700 pack Convention Center in support of hospital’s largest annual fundraiser

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016During a night to remember, more than 700 Hasbro Children’s Hospital friends and supporters filled the Convention Center for the Nerf Ball on March 5, raising $1.06 million for patient care, life-saving programs, and research and education.

(Right) Go Deep: Surrounded by décor inspired by one of Hasbro, Inc.’s most popular toys, Nerf Ball guests had fun testing their skills at the Touchdown Football Challenge and Slam Dunk Basketball Challenge stations.

Of the total raised, the event’s live auction “Fund-a-Need” generated more than $205,000 for the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center, which cares for some of the most vulnerable children in our region who suffer from abuse and neglect.  It is the only program of its kind in Rhode Island.

Chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Trust and his wife, Polly Chatterton Handy, the evening began with a cocktail reception before guests were welcomed by hospital leadership, including Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“The community’s generous response to the Nerf Ball, combined with the tireless efforts of our chairs and the entire event committee, will make an incredible impact on the lives of our patients and their families when they need us most,” said Dr. Van Bree. “We are forever grateful for the support that enables us to deliver the best care possible to everyone who walks through our doors.”

Following Dr. Van Bree, Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, introduced guests to the work of The Aubin Center with an emotional video.

“It is difficult to discuss—let alone assess and treat—the wounds of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect,” said Dr. Dennery. “But they are realities …universal problems that cross all lines of geography, ethnicity, gender, and income level.”

“The children of our Child Protection Program come to our hospital neglected, injured and emotionally battered, but like most children, they also come blessed with amazing resilience and limitless potential,” said Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees. “Nothing would make me happier than to find we no longer need the Child Protection Program; but sadly, the need for this program is greater than ever.”

At the end of the speaking program, the evening continued with dinner and the presentation of the live auction and “Fund-a-Need” by professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group. Among the items to generate friendly bidding wars was a weeklong trip for four to historic Tuscany, and an once-in-a-lifetime Boston Red Sox package featuring premium seats and the opportunity to throw out the game’s first pitch.

Hasbro Nerf Ball 2016The evening concluded with a performance by the Hasbro, Inc. band, Toys 2 Men, which brought everyone to their feet.

(Right) Dancing the Night Away: Before the Nerf Ball came to an end, guests enjoyed the sounds of the Hasbro, Inc. band, Toys 2 Men, during a performance that brought everyone to their feet.

The Nerf Ball was made possible thanks to title sponsor Hasbro, Inc.; presenting sponsor CVS Health; signature sponsors Alex and Ani Charity by Design, IGT, and Toys “R” Us; platinum sponsors KPMG, and Tufts Health Plan; and gold sponsors H. Carr & Sons, Inc., Procaccianti Companies, Swarovski, and Washington Trust among the more than 60 sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.

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More than One Million Reasons to be Thankful: (Left to right) Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital with James M. Hagerty, EVP and Chief Lending Officer for Washington Trust, and Nerf Ball co-chairs Edward “Ned” O. Handy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Trust and his wife, Polly Chatterton Handy. Representing the largest annual fundraiser for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the event raised $1.06 million.

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A Great Night for a Great Cause: Of the total raised during the Nerf Ball, the event’s live auction “Fund-a-Need” resulted in more than $205,000 for the Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The only program of its kind in Rhode Island, the Center cares for some of the most vulnerable children in the region who suffer from abuse and neglect

(Left to right): Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Christine E. Barron, MD, Clinical Director, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center; Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees; Amy P. Goldberg, MD, Attending Physician, Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center; and Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Click here to view video presented at the 2016 NERF Ball.

 

 
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