(posted March 7, 2011)
The 18th annual benefit gala for Hasbro Children's Hospital has enjoyed yet another year of success. On Saturday, March 5 more than 800 attendees raised a total of more than $875,000. The theme of the evening's festivities was Elmo's Red Tie Ball. In honor of this theme, the beloved furry red monster from Sesame Street made a guest appearance at the gala. As a special presentation by title sponsor Hasbro, Inc., the evening also included a guest performance by Colbie Caillat, a platinum-selling singer-songwriter of hits such as Bubbly and Realize.
This gala has proven yet again that Hasbro Children's Hospital is surrounded by a community of generous, caring supporters who have a direct impact on the patient care we provide, said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. One look around the hospital and you can see a program, a service or a piece of equipment that was a direct result of the gala.
In addition to live music, dinner and dancing, attendees took part in several raffles and games, as well as a Tiffany's raffle, silent auction and a live auction hosted by professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group. The live auction funded an effort to make state-of-the-art updates to the Hasbro Children's Hospital emergency department. New technology and amenities will help the emergency department to become a more comforting place for each patient and family who visits.
Hasbro Children's Hospital's emergency department handles more than 50,000 visits each year, said Robert Klein, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children's Hospital. We are so very grateful that our supporters have helped us deliver better services, technology and family-centered care to thousands of children and families each year.
The gala featured a program hosted by news anchor Patrick Little with keynote speeches by hospital leaders, as well as hospital board chairman Lawrence Aubin, Brian Goldner, Hasbro, Inc. president and CEO, and event chairs Dolph and Maureen Johnson. During the program a video was shown of young patient Amanda Robidoux, her family and her treatment team. The video illustrated the hospital's all for one' team approach to each patient's care.
The annual Hasbro Children's Hospital gala has raised more than $8 million since its inception in 1993. The event is presented by Hasbro, Inc. and additionally sponsored by ToysR'Us, KPMG and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Event photos for publication can be found at the following link: http://www.lifespan.org/hch/events/hch_gala/highlights.html (Photo credit: Al Weems)