Philanthropy News at Bradley Hospital
A Record $1.2 Million Raised During Bravo Bradley!
Bradley Hospital raised a record $1.2 million during its largest annual fundraiser, Bravo Bradley, held on June 24 at the Aquidneck Club in Portsmouth. The hospital’s donor community took its already incredible generosity to a new level at a time when it is needed more than ever – amid the current national pediatric mental health crisis.
“It was amazing to see the community come together like never before in support of our patients and their families,” said Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley Hospital’s president.
Titled “Together Brighter Futures are Possible,” the gala was held in an outdoor tent against a backdrop of colorful décor and sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. It was co-chaired by Kelly and Bernie Lambrese, who warmly welcomed all attendees to “the Bradley family.”
Celebrating 2021 Accomplishments and Looking Ahead to 2022, Annual Meeting Held Virtually
On October 21, the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees forwent the much anticipated in-person gathering for their Annual Meeting for the second year in a row. With the ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns around in-person events, in the words of Foundation Chair Larry Sadwin, “It was the right thing to do.” The evening—held live via Zoom webinar—was no less celebratory in its review of the Hospital’s and Foundation Board’s accomplishments over the previous year and was punctuated by the very moving remarks of a Bradley patient.
Ely Pelleccione shared their highly personal story, including moments that would give anyone pause. “But I’m okay,” they said. “I'm not perfect by any means, and I know I'll never be "cured" but [since coming to Bradley] I'm able to deal with things in a much healthier way. I can face life knowing that I've got my issues under control, and I don't need to hide away from the world anymore.” With a smile, they added, “Even if I still do that sometimes, but some things will never change.”
Before presenting the slates for fiscal year 2022, Vice-Chair Carol Peterson was presented with a framed illustration of Bradley Hospital drawn by Francois Luks, MD, pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in acknowledgement of her contribution to the now completed Every Child, Every Day Campaign shared with Hasbro. The Officers and Trustees of the Bradley Hospital Foundation were all re-elected to a one-year term, with the exceptions of Jozy Mainelli and Angela Anderson, MD, who both resigned their positions. Ms. Mainelli will continue on as a member of the Lifespan School Solutions (Bradley Schools) board and as a member of the Board of Governors. First time appointees to the Board of Governors are Jennifer (Leigh) Kinder, and Mamie Wakefield.
A complete list of Bradley Hospital Foundation Trustees and Governors can be found here.
We are deeply grateful to all of our Trustees and Governors for their unwavering commitment to the success of the Bradley Hospital Foundation’s mission to support the work of our beloved hospital and look forward to working with such dedicated community leaders for years to come.
Dowling Family Makes Playground Transformation Possible
Summer 2021 offered a bright spot in a challenging 20 months at Bradley Hospital, and it was made brighter by the opening of the beautiful new Dowling Courtyard for the inpatient units.
The transformation of this secure play space has been nothing short of remarkable. A pleasing, colorful, and softer surface has replaced what had previously been referred to as a “dustbowl” or a “mudbowl,” depending on the weather. For years, our facilities team struggled to keep grass growing in this heavily used recreational area. The area was first created when the acuity of our patients wasn’t nearly as high as it is today, and they were more likely able to leave the unit to do their running around in the gym or the lower ballfield area.
The space is enjoyed by kids from the adolescent, children’s, and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities inpatient units for games, chalk drawing, Wiffle ball, and kickball. It’s also a great spot for yoga, or a one-on-one lunch with a therapist or family member.
Said one inpatient unit staff member, “The cushioned new play surface is so much better that what had become mud and dirt – the kids love it. It also means patients can play more times during the year – they love watching the weather in the courtyard. This time of year the patients are all eagerly awaiting the first snow!”
Due to COVID, and a few supply chain delays along the way, we haven’t yet been able to dedicate the space with the Dowling family and others who made the reimagination of this space possible. In the meantime, the space is enjoyed every day, and we expect we’ll soon see a few snow people out there – without muddy faces.
Grant News from Bradley Hospital
Bradley was recently awarded three grants to revitalize the Children’s Residential and Family Treatment (CRAFT) program playground: $50,000 from the Yawkey Foundation, $40,000 from the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, and $10,000 from the Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust.
The Healing Arts program has received $30,000 from the CVS Health Charity Classic. These funds will help us to offer a broad range of cultural experiences and arts workshops to thousands of patients at Bradley Hospital.
Bradley’s Daniel J. Wall Family Support Fund was recently awarded a $7,500 Signature Grant from The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Family Support Fund provides resources for Bradley’s patient families struggling with the financial burdens that can accompany a child’s mental health diagnosis. The Flutie Foundation’s grant will support the emergency needs of patient families living with autism.
Bradley was recently awarded two grants to purchase and install a state-of-the-art audiovisual system for the gymnasium on the hospital’s main campus: $50,000 from the Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust, and $25,000 from the Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation.
The Boston Scientific Foundation has awarded $9,517 to provide mental health first aid trainings through the Bradley Learning Exchange for local communities where Boston Scientific employees live and work.
The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust has awarded Bradley Hospital’s Portsmouth School a grant of $38,500 to support an important literacy and reading initiative.
The White Family Foundation has awarded an unrestricted grant of $10,000 to Bradley Hospital. These funds will support Bradley’s areas of greatest need.
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a grant of $14,230 from the Special Medical Funds to support art therapy for patients in Bradley’s five SafeQuest-level programs.