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On January 17 2013, Providence Bruins players Justin Florek, Kevan Miller,
and Bobby Robins joined JetBlue crewmembers for a visit to Hasbro
Children’s Hospital to deliver books and hold a special reading at the
hospital’s library as part of the hospital’s Read to Me program.
The books were donated by local residents through a donation drive
organized by JetBlue to celebrate the airline officially taking to the
skies out of T.F. Green International Airport. JetBlue tweeted its
location at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three
new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win
free flights and other goodies and enjoy treats from the airline’s
partner Dunkin’ Donuts.
The Providence Bruins are a long-standing partner of Hasbro Children’s
Hospital, having donated more than $110,000 to the pediatric facility
through a variety of fundraisers since 1993, most notably, the annual
The Hasbro Children’s Hospital Read to Me program gives children the
tools they need to learn to love reading. Volunteers provide an
interesting and educational activity for children to participate in
while they wait to see their doctors. The volunteers also serve as
literacy role models, encouraging both children and parents to realize
the great significance of reading. At every clinic visit, the doctor
gives the child a new book to take home. This supports the hospital's
philosophy that books are important. In the past year, the program has
distributed more than 10,000 books to patients.
On Tuesday, June 5, Trent Whitfield-center for the Providence Bruins and team MVP for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons-visited Hasbro Children's Hospital patients and presented the hospital with a check for $10,000, adding to the more than $100,000 that the Providence Bruins have donated to the hospital since 1993.
"Hasbro Children's Hospital is a tremendously valuable resource for our community, and we are honored to be a partner in their mission of providing the best care to local children and their families," said Kevin Boryczki, vice president of marketing services for the Providence Bruins.
The funds were raised during the inaugural Hasbro Children's Hospital Night at the P-Bruins, during which a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales were collected for the hospital, as well as the annual end-of-season auction of player-worn warm-up jerseys, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, which has raised more than $30,000 in its 10-year history.
"We are enormously grateful to the Providence Bruins organization, and to all the team's fans who have helped support the children and families at Hasbro Children's Hospital," said Mark Cummings, senior vice president of development for Lifespan. "Our longstanding partnership with the P-Bruins and with Dunkin' Donuts is crucial to everything we do to provide the highest quality care to those who need us most."
(Above) Trent Whitfield, center for the Providence Bruins, presents a $10,000 check with
representatives from Hasbro Children's Hospital and Dunkin' Donuts.
(Below) Trent Whitfield, center for the Providence Bruins, visits young patients at
Hasbro Children's Hospital.