Scrabble Ball Raises $1.1 Million
for Hasbro Children’s Hospital


More than 900 guests attend hospital’s largest annual fundraiser


Scrabble Ball Finch PerformanceWith the décor of the Rhode Island Convention Center inspired by one of the world’s most popular board games, more than 900 guests came out to support the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Scrabble Ball on Saturday, March 7. Serving as the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised $1.1 million for patient care, life-saving programs, research and education.


A Musical Expression of Gratitude: John Finch performs a song during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Scrabble Ball on Saturday, March 7 to express his gratitude for the care his eight-year old daughter, Jeannette (left) has received at the hospital.


Chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy, president and chief operating officer of The Washington Trust Company and his wife, Polly, the evening began with a cocktail reception before guests moved to the Ballroom, where they were greeted with remarks from Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan, and Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, MHA, the new president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.


“Thanks to an incredibly generous community, and everyone at the Scrabble Ball, Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to the latest breakthroughs in technology, cutting-edge research, and more importantly, an unparalleled team of compassionate caregivers,” said Van Bree. “It is because of this support that we are able to improve the well-being of children, helping to provide them with the healthy future every child deserves.”


Following the speaking program, guests were introduced to the Finch family, watching a heartwarming video of 8-year old Jeannette Finch prior to the event’s fundraising blitz. Suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette has been cared for at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Guests also heard from Brian and Meg Lacasse, who spoke about their son Colin’s 33-day hospital stay at birth. Suffering from meconium aspiration and lack of oxygen, Colin received extensive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment credited with saving his life. Funds raised during the blitz will support renovations to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Family Room.


As the evening continued, guests dined on exquisite cuisine, and bid on auction items presented by Jay Beau Jones, Sirius XM “70s on 7” midday personality and WPRI-12 chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca. Among the exciting items was a trip for four to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, and a special VIP Club Seat package for six lucky fans to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium in July. Guests then enjoyed a performance by The Spinners, and after dessert, danced to the music mixes of DJ Twalle until midnight.


The Scrabble Ball was made possible thanks to title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., presenting sponsors Alex and Ani Charity by Design and CVS Health, signature sponsors GTECH, Toys “R” Us and The Washington Trust Company, and gold sponsors KPMG, LLP, Swarovski and Tufts Health Plan among the more than 70 sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.

Scrabble Ball Hospital leadership

Proud Leadership: Lawrence A. Aubin, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors (far left), and his wife, Maureen Michaelwich (second from left), join Mora Babineau and Dr. Timothy Babineau, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan (far right) for the start of the 2015 Scrabble Ball to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Scrabble Ball Handy

Lending their Support: The 2015 Scrabble Ball was chaired by Edward “Ned” O. Handy (speaking) and his wife Polly (left), who took a moment during the event’s speaking program to thank guests for their generosity in support of the hospital’s life-saving care and for making the night an incredible success.

Scrabble Ball Finch

A Night to Remember: Eight-year old Jeannette Finch and her mother, Carol, pose in front of a giant Scrabble game board prior to the start of the 2015 Scrabble Ball. Suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, Jeannette’s story was highlighted during the event for the care she’s received at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Scrabble Ball Spinners

High-Energy Entertainment: The Spinners helped cap-off an exciting night that raised more than $1.1 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a performance that included the group’s timeless classic, “Working My Way Back to You.”

Scrabble Ball Children