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Bravo Bradley: Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Triumphs

Together again, Bravo Bradley raises a record $900,000!

For the first time in more than 700 days, Bradley Hospital was able to hold its popular Bravo Bradley fundraiser, where the hospital’s incredible donor community took its generosity to new heights. After a more than two year hiatus, supporters took to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center on Friday, July 30, raising a Bravo record $900,000. Of the total, $318,325 will support the hospital’s Healing Arts Program.

“It was indescribable to witness such an amazing display of generosity on behalf of the kids and families who turn to us to heal their hearts and minds,” said Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley Hospital’s president. “To say the circumstances of the past year made what we do harder than it could possibly be is an understatement. Yet each step of the way, every member of the Bradley family stepped up in enormous ways, and that was again on full display during Bravo.”

Titled Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Triumphs, 2021 Bravo played off its botanical surroundings with lemon leaf ladies and giant butterflies welcoming guests. A brief downpour failed to dampen the festivities, instead giving way to a gorgeous rainbow.

Following welcome remarks from hospital leadership, and just prior to the night’s exciting auction, former patients Anthony and Kris brought down the house with their incredible stories of triumph. Standing ovations and tears prevailed, as co-chairs Tricia and Tim O’Neil acknowledged, too, that the amazing young woman on stage is their daughter. Kris, who credits Bradley with saving her future when she was a teenager, today is a police officer and committed to saving others.

Realizing the patients stories were a hard act to follow, renowned British auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla kicked-off the auction bidding on a wild ride as a stay at Ocean House sold for $23,000. With the room’s passion for Bradley driving up subsequent bidding, Diane Hunter and Manuel Irujo took home more than $40,000 in amazing items, including a combo Celtics/Red Sox package donated by Steve Lewinstein and Adler Pollock & Sheehan, and a cocktail party for 20 at the beautiful Lobster Pot. Baseball legend David Ortiz himself contributed a special night at Fenway Park, which went to Robert Richardson.

And in what was the most prolific fund-a-need in Bravo’s history, four individuals stood to commit $25,000 to the Healing Arts Program. Immediately – and unexpectedly – Joe and Betty Brito rose with an additional, special contribution of $50,000 in honor of the O’Neil family for their resilience and dedication to Bradley. The room roared with excitement and gifts of $1,000, $500 and $100 followed rapidly.

Bradley Hospital extends its gratitude to the 2021 Bravo title sponsor, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation; presenting sponsors, the Browns, and Tricia S. O’Neil, Financial Advisor, Descendants Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, and the O’Neil family; platinum sponsors, Amica Companies Foundation, and Christine and William Carr, and the more than 40 other sponsors and supporters who helped to make the event possible.

From left: Henry Sachs, MD; Kristen O’Neil; Tricia S. O’Neil; Tim O’Neil; Larry Sadwin; and Anthony Pereschino.
From left: Henry Sachs, MD; Kristen O’Neil; Tricia S. O’Neil; Tim O’Neil; Larry Sadwin; and Anthony Pereschino.

       

 

Bravo Bradley 2021:
Today's Dreams, Tomorrow's Triumphs
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The evening’s fund-a-need benefited the Healing Arts, which provides creative and therapeutic activities that improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients.

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