Family’s Annual Music Festival Raises $20,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital

July 10, 2017

What began in 2012 as a bake sale and block party organized by the DeCosta family to raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital has evolved into a multi-day music festival that attracts hundreds of attendees to Club Jogues Field in Coventry. On June 30, Mark and Lisa DeCosta, and their daughter, Rachel, event committee members, volunteers, and musicians who participate in the festival presented the hospital with donations totaling $20,000 from their most recent festival.

Inspiration for the annual event stems from Rachel, who was treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital as an infant and again recently. It was Rachel’s desire to give back to the hospital as a way to both thank the doctors who cared for her when she was sick and to help current patients that spurred the inaugural event in 2012. Among the $20,000 donated to the hospital last month, $500 represented a personal gift from Rachel to support pediatric oncology.

Since the event’s inception, the DeCosta family has raised more than $70,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

To mark her personal $500 gift to pediatric oncology, Rachel DeCosta (second from right) presented a check to Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatrician-in-Chief (far right) and pediatric hematologists/oncologists, Jennifer Welch, MD (far left), and Nicole Muhlbauer, MD (second from left).

The DeCosta family, joined by music festival participants and volunteers, presents a check from their most recent fundraiser to Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership and representatives from pediatric hematology, oncology, and gastroenterology.