Play4Bradley's Kids Golf Tournament to support Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY

Play 4 Kids Golf Tournament

“Play4Kids” Golf Tournament Raises More than $60,000 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018Although rain forced the postponement of this year’s “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament from its original September date, the sky was a picturesque hue of blue for 18 gorgeous holes at Ledgemont Country Club on Wednesday, October 17.

Eager to hit the links in support of a great cause, enthusiastic golfers enjoyed friendly competition on beautifully-manicured fairways, coming together to raise more than $60,000 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY, southern New England’s leading bereavement program for children and adolescents.

(Right) Speaker Ashley Lawrence with Bradley Hospital President Daniel Wall.

The day’s program featured a moving speech by Ashley Lawrence, a Barrington High School senior who shared the story of her experience at Bradley Hospital. The young woman’s experience motivated her to coordinate a fundraiser for Bradley’s Healing Arts Program at Rocky Silva’s American Karate this past summer, and to invite fellow students to write letters of encouragement to patients being treated in various psychiatric programs.

“The Bradley partial program I was in, Journey, was a crucial element in getting me to where I am today,” said Ashley during her remarks after the tournament. “Although it was a difficult time in my life, the program made me want to get up every day, to show my inner self, and to enjoy and share my sense of humor and my smile. Not everyone may be ready to acknowledge the challenges of living with a mental illness, but I am grateful to Bradley and to FRIENDS WAY for the positive difference they’re making in the lives of kids like me. I know they save lives.”

During the pre-dinner cocktail hour, Lord Hobo Brewing Company joined players and guests, offering tastings of their award-winning craft beers.

The 2018 “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament was made possible by title sponsor, Cox Business; awards dinner sponsor, Epic Systems; and leading sponsors Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Bill and Tina Carr, Centerville Bank, The Claflin Company, and Marcum LLP, among all of the event’s generous supporters.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) The Cox Business tournament sponsor team, Marc Lataille, Suzanne Elsbecker, Mark Scott, and Joe Libutti.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Charlie and Mary Beth Riotto, and Bill and Tina Carr.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Bob and Sheila Greenbaum with Philip Weinstein.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Scott DiChristofero, Rich Wakefield, Bradley Hospital president Daniel J. Wall, Mike Fox, and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(Right) Brian Pontarelli and Rulla Nehme.

 

 

For more information, please contact Barbara Paroline at 401-432-1619, Barbara.paroline@lifespan.org.

 

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