Bravo Bradley - Reaching for the Stars

Bradley Hospital raised over $1 million during its signature annual event, Bravo Bradley, held this year on June 9 at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol.

The evening’s intermittent rain did not dampen the spirits nor the generosity of the many attendees who came out to support Bradley, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents.

The evening – designed around the theme “Reaching for the Stars” – included dinner, dancing, a speaking program, and live auction in a tented space on Mount Hope Farm’s beautiful waterfront grounds.

In all, this year’s Bravo Bradley, co-chaired by Brenda and David Turchetta, raised $986,330. Of that, about $420,000 benefited a fund-a-need appeal for The Bradley Center, an acute residential treatment program for teens dealing with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns. A post-auction pledge to The Bradley Center of an additional $50,000 from Tricia O’Neil pushed the evening’s total well over the million-dollar mark.

Donors Carol Peterson, Al and Gerrie Verrecchia, and Dr. Henry Sachs kicked off the fund-a-need appeal with pledges of $25,000 each. They were followed by dozens more generous donations, ranging from $10,000 to $250.

As auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla concluded the appeal, Joe Brito, Jr. made a surprise announcement of his $100,000 donation in honor of his wife, Betty Brito, who was also in attendance and serves on the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

The event also featured compelling remarks by Bradley Hospital President Dr. Henry Sachs and a 13-year-old patient speaker, Grant, who spoke about how Bradley Hospital’s evidence-based exposure therapy treatment helped him overcome anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Another highlight of the evening was the live auction, with coveted items including a week-long stay in Antigua; a New England sports package that featured tickets to Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots games; an exciting trip to Napa Valley; and an opportunity to attend a movie premiere in New York City.

Bradley Hospital extends its deepest gratitude to the 2023 Bravo Bradley co-chairs Brenda and David Turchetta and sponsors:

Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation; Susan O. and David A. Brown; Turchetta & Associates; Amica Insurance; Christine and William Carr; Roger and Cynthia Sherman; Betty and Joe Brito, Jr.; Cox Business; Kate Luckett and Steve Pasquariello; NEMD Architects; Carol A. Peterson; Tricia S. O’Neil, CFA, Managing Director, Descendants Wealth Management at Raymond James; and many more.

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The Bradley Center Fund-a-Need

Bravo Bradley’s fund-a-need for Bradley Hospital’s 2023 signature event benefits The Bradley Center, an acute residential treatment facility for adolescents ages 12-18. The center takes a family-centered approach to intensive therapy for youth facing suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression and more; a safe place where they can do the needed work and still be teens.

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