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Bravo Bradley, Hope through Dance Gala Raises $770,800

Bradley Hospital brought Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston to life on June 7 when New England’s only psychiatric hospital devoted to children hosted more than 400 guests for its Bravo Bradley, Hope through Dance gala. Chaired by Rosemary and Mehdi Khosrovani, the signature event raised $770,800 to advance pioneering pediatric mental health care, education, and research.

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Rosemary (left) and Mehdi Khosrovani, co-chairs of Hope through Dance, welcome guests to Bradley Hospital’s largest annual fundraiser on June 7. The signature event raised $770,800 to advance pioneering pediatric mental health care, education, and research.

Of the total raised, the gala’s fund-a-need resulted in $246,600 to benefit the Daniel J. Wall Family Support Fund, which provides resources for patient families struggling with the financial burdens that can accompany a child’s mental health diagnosis. The fund was renamed that evening to honor the hospital’s longtime president, who is retiring at the end of June after decades of inspiring leadership.

“Dan has done amazing things at Bradley for the past 31 years – when he first arrived, we were an inpatient hospital with a tiny outpatient program and had 300 discharges a year,” said Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan. “Fast forward and we now have schools, partial programs, residential, in home, world-class research, and we now see more than 5000 patients a year. Dan has assembled a world-renowned team of clinicians and researchers and has helped de-stigmatize adolescents with mental and behavioral health issues – here and nationally. Our debt of gratitude to Dan is enormous.”

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From left: Daniel J. Wall, the president of Bradley Hospital, and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan. During the event, the hospital renamed its family support fund the Daniel J. Wall Family Support Fund to honor the longtime president, who is retiring at the end of June after decades of inspiring leadership.

Hope through Dance kicked-off with a cocktail reception before guests were invited into the ballroom as a group of students from Rosemary’s School of Dance Education gave a special performance. After welcome remarks from hospital leadership, guests were introduced by video to a young woman who credits the treatment she received at Bradley for changing the trajectory of her life.

Bravo Bradley Dancer

Dancers from Rosemary’s School of Dance Education perform a piece choreographed for Pink’s What About Us as part of Bradley Hospital’s Hope through Dance gala.

“Multiply the story you just heard by about 5,000 – that’s how many children we see each year – and you’ll have a sense of how great the need is for pediatric mental health care,” said Mr. Wall before he introduced professional auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla.

After an exciting live auction, Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley’s chief medical officer, took to the stage to intro the night’s fund-a-need video benefiting the hospital’s Family Support Fund.

“The fund exists to help families who need an extra measure of financial support during their most vulnerable times,” said Dr. Sachs. “The goal, quite simply, is to make sure they can afford to stay in treatment.”

Featured in the video was a 9-year-old from New Hampshire who was treated at Bradley and initiated a fundraiser to help other Bradley families like his. His effort raised more than $9,000.

“Every dollar raised allows Bradley to do more – to treat more children with serious behavioral conditions; perform more groundbreaking research; devise more innovative therapies; and heal more hearts and minds,” said Rosemary Khosrovani.

Added her husband, Mehdi, “And what better way to honor and continue Dan’s legacy than with an outpouring of generosity in support of a fund that impacts the well-being of children and families above and beyond the treatment Bradley provides.”

At the conclusion of the evening program, guests were treated to a moving performance by Rhode Island’s own Billy Gilman, and danced the night away to the stirring sounds of World Premier Band.

Bradley Hospital extends its gratitude and appreciation to Hope through Dance Waltz Sponsor, the Browns; Leadership Donor, Amica Companies Foundation; Fox Trot Sponsor, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, and the more than 30 sponsors and supporters who made the event possible.

Bravo Bradley Billy Gilman

Before dancing the night away to the sounds of World Premier Band, guests at Bradley Hospital’s Hope through Dance gala were treated to Billy Gilman singing his hit single, Get It Got It Good.

Bravo Bradley Wiggins Stamoulis

Drs. Doreen Wiggins and Mark Stamoulis pose with one of the stilt walkers from Future Affairs Productions who helped to bring Hope through Dance to life on June 7.

Bravo Bradley guests

From left: Diane Hunter, Manuel Irujo, Kelly Lambrese, and Rick Granoff.

Bravo Bradley Todd English

Celebrity Chef Todd English (right) and Bradley Hospital supporter Joe Brito (left) auction an exclusive package for Chef English to cook dinner in the home of the high bidder for themselves and their guests.

Bravo Bradley Guests

From left: Paul and Carrie Cox, Claire Perlman, Kathleen Selle, and Marc Perlman at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for Bradley Hospital’s 2019 gala, Hope through Dance.

Bravo Bradley Guests

From left: Kerri Connolly, Jennifer Leigh, Rhea Levin, and Ryan McDonald.

Bravo Bradley Carrs

From left: Tina and Bill Carr.

For more information, please contact Jessica Foley at 401-432-1201, jfoley5@lifespan.org.


Event Chairs

Rosemary and Mehdi Khosrovani

Date and Location

Friday, June 7, 2019
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Cranston, RI


Live Auction presented by professional auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla
Sounds of the World Premier Band

Evening Schedule

6 p.m. Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres
7:30 p.m. Evening Program
Live Auction
9 p.m. Dessert and Dancing
11:30 p.m. Evening Concludes

Waltz Sponsor

Browns Waltz Sponsor

Leadership Donor

Leadership Donor Amica Companies


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