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Hasbro Children’s Hospital Announces Sweeping Transformation Plans, Campaign Milestone
Hasbro Children’s Hospital today announced that it has raised more than $25 million of its $35 million Every Child, Every Day campaign goal and revealed details of the renovation plans that will encompass nearly every inch of the hospital.
State legislative leaders joined hospital leadership and community supporters to celebrate the progress of the campaign and to announce the renovations it will fund. The planned projects will encompass Hasbro Children’s emergency department, patient and exam rooms and clinics and create new healing spaces; modernize open space and work stations; and improve the hospital’s comforts, aesthetics, wayfinding, and more. Some projects have already begun, with full completion expected by early 2022.
“This is truly an exciting time for Hasbro Children’s and for Lifespan,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and CEO, Lifespan. “These renovations will ensure that our physical environment matches the level of care we provide, while also enabling us to retain top talent and continue to attract the best and brightest to Rhode Island.”
One of the major improvements the Every Child, Every Day campaign is making possible is the transformation of the Hasbro Children’s emergency department, which is the region’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center and handles more than 53,000 patient visits a year. Physicians and nurses will have access to state-of-the-art enhancements to care for patients, including those suffering a psychiatric emergency, mental illness, or developmental disability. Along with meeting children’s diverse needs, whether related to trauma or a chronic condition, Hasbro Children’s has experienced a dramatic rise in the number of behavioral patients coming to the emergency department for care.
“Today, we recognize not only 25 years of delivering expert care to a generation of kids, but celebrate the future of pediatric medicine,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “When we embarked on this ambitious campaign three years ago, we set out to revamp Hasbro Children’s into the pediatric hospital of tomorrow. And this truly remarkable progress has been made possible by so many caring and compassionate people who want only the best for our kids.”
The Every Child, Every Day campaign has benefited from a momentous $2.5 million gift from the Yawkey Foundation for the emergency department. Ellen Collis and her family, longtime supporters of Lifespan hospitals, have made a very generous gift to fund expansion of the Bridge Clinic in the emergency department for behavioral health patients. The Champlin Foundation has supported the campaign with multiple gifts totaling more than $2 million in support of renovations hospital wide.
In addition to modifications to the emergency department, renovations will be made to the hospital’s inpatient rooms, nurse stations, surgical services suite and intensive care unit. More private consultation space will be created, and our hematology/oncology clinic, known as the Tomorrow Fund Clinic, will be expanded to feature 50 percent more treatment space dedicated to infusion therapy. The hospital’s inpatient oncology unit will receive important upgrades on the fifth floor.
The hospital’s primary care practice spaces, also where programs provide specialized care for foster children, will be redesigned to better serve the thousands of families who rely on Hasbro Children’s for care. Additionally, the hospital’s lobbies will be reimagined to complement the family-centered practices’ recognition that keeping families comfortable and nearby aids in children’s healing. To execute and oversee its projects, Hasbro Children’s has retained the services of Dimeo Construction Company.
“Our hospitals make Rhode Island a better place to live. The importance of promoting a healthy community can never be overstated,” said Al Verrecchia, the former chairman & CEO of Hasbro, Inc., and chair of the Every Child, Every Day campaign. “Philanthropy helped build Hasbro Children’s more than 25 years ago, and it is our community’s generosity that is again the driving force behind making our new dream a reality.”
In the most emotional moments of the announcement event, Kaitlyn Limoges, age 11, and Mia Devolve, age 9, read their winning submissions to the hospital’s recent essay contest, which invited children to capture – in their own words – why Hasbro Children’s is important for kids. Both patients of the hospital, Mia and Kaitlyn shared their respective medical journeys, highlighting how their Hasbro Children’s caregivers made them smile and provided comfort during difficult times.
“Hasbro Children’s was built to give us kids a chance at another day of seeing the sun rise. When I go to the hospital, the doctors and nurses make me feel like I am going to be okay,” shared Mia.
“Hasbro Children’s is so important to me because the nurses and doctors are heroes. They are all amazing and have worked so hard to make me feel better. Thank you, Hasbro, for all that you do for children and their families,” concluded Kaitlyn.
For the second year in a row, The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements teamed up to raise funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital during the fair’s recent run this past August, making it easy for patrons to join their efforts in the process. The result: a donation of $30,300 to the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
Throughout the five days of one of New England’s longest-standing traditions, fair organizers collected voluntary donations at the admissions area, while Rockwell offered guests a complimentary merry-go-round ride for a minimum $2 donation to the hospital. Taking their generosity one step further, The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements both matched the first $3,000 in donations.
Additionally, many of the fair’s partners and vendors helped to support the cause. The Richmond Police Department’s International Brotherhood of Police Officers donated $2,000, and the Rotary Club of Chariho raised $2,500 through its “Cow Chip Bingo” event. Visitors were also able to donate to the hospital in the fair’s concessions area, with each food vendor collecting at their respective booth. The vendors participated in a friendly “food booth challenge” to see who could raise the most money. The challenge generated $9,033 of the total raised for the hospital, with the Rhode Island State Grange raising the most at $1,486.
“We are so thankful to The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements, not only for their generosity, but also for giving literally thousands of people an opportunity to support our hospital’s life-saving work,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “It is amazing to see the way our community rallies around a cause as important as caring for the kids who need us most – we’re honored to be aligned with such a great event.”
Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day 2019 Raises $143,286 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Local Dunkin’ franchisees and Hasbro Children’s leadership celebrated the results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day with a $143,286 check presentation on “Superhero Night” at McCoy Stadium on August 3. After the game, Dunkin’ and the Pawtucket Red Sox gave away flashlights to fans staying for fireworks – and led the crowd in a special signaling of “Good Night Lights.”
“We are honored to support the amazing people at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and we are incredibly proud to see the community come together year after year to make Iced Coffee Day such a great local holiday,” said Dunkin’ business owner Rob Batista. “We thank our customers for their support, and we’re already looking forward to Iced Coffee Day 2020!”
Annually representing one of the largest community fundraising efforts in support of Hasbro Children’s, hundreds of Dunkin’ restaurants across Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts hosted Iced Coffee Day on Wednesday, May 22. Throughout the day, Dunkin’ donated $1 to the hospital for every iced coffee sold.
“The incredible generosity of Dunkin’ and all of their customers illustrates the impact that’s possible when people rally around a cause as important as caring for children,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We could not be more thankful for the support that helps us to deliver the very best care possible to every child and family who needs us.”
Since its inception in 2010, Iced Coffee Day has helped to raise more than $2 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Izzy Foundation Celebrate New Pediatric Surgical Family Waiting Room
On Friday, August 16, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Izzy Foundation unveiled a new pediatric surgical family waiting room on the hospital’s second floor. The space offers families of children undergoing surgery at Hasbro Children’s a modern, state-of-the-art waiting room to comfortably spend their time during a loved one’s procedure. The room also provides additional private consultation space for physicians and surgeons to meet with families.
“When a child is in surgery, it is understandably a very difficult time for parents and families. Having a space that takes into consideration a family’s need during such a stressful time is incredibly important to all of us and underscores our commitment to delivering health with care,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are thrilled to have the continued support of The Izzy Foundation and this amazing new room available to the families that depend on us for care.”
A collaboration of Hasbro Children’s and The Izzy Foundation, the pediatric surgical family waiting room has been in development for two years to align with the hospital’s Every Child, Every Day campaign to modernize the hospital and create new healing spaces to care for the next generation of kids. It was designed by Thomas Morbitzer of New York City-based Ammor Architecture, who also designed the Izzy Family Room located on the hospital’s fifth floor.
The Foundation, together with the hospital, worked closely with Mr. Morbitzer to design and expand an area that will impact families in a positive way and allow them to create their own private space within the room. While pediatric surgical procedures at Hasbro Children’s vary in their degree of complication, all surgeries bring a wave of emotions – and anxiety – to parents and family members.
Some of the room’s comforts include a kitchen area with dining for families to eat together, couches and a television area, private consulting space that doubles as a breastfeeding room, and a computer counter for work space. Other features are an upgraded LCD screen for families to monitor procedure progress, private lockers, and integrated USB charging ports.
“The Izzy Foundation is ecstatic that Hasbro Children’s has provided us another area in the hospital to create our second Izzy Space,” said Erin Scott, executive director of The Izzy Foundation. “Not only does this room help to advance family-centered care by offering families a comfortable and peaceful environment, its new consulting space provides families with extra privacy to express their emotions and discuss their child’s surgical outcome – we couldn’t be more excited to see this project come to fruition.”
During a day filled with sunshine, nearly 140 golfers took to the links at Rhode Island Country Club, coming together to raise a record $343,875 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
Co-chaired by longtime supporters Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and James “Jamo” L. Carr, Jr. the signature Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational – now in its 24th year – was held on Monday, July 22. Proceeds will support hospital programs and research efforts with the greatest funding need. Of the total raised, $24,900 generated through a special fund-a-need will benefit renovations to pediatric pre- and post-surgical areas.
The invitational featured a slate of 34 foursomes eager to play the esteemed course that has been the longtime host of the CVS Health Charity Classic and select USGA Championships. The day featured two hole-in-one contests; one a $100,000 challenge offered by Aubin Corporation, and the other a chance to win a 2-year lease for a Mercedes Benz offered by Viti Automotive Group. Among the many community leaders to participate in the day were New England Patriots players Stephen Gostkowski and Joe Cardona.
Following play, golfers made their way to the clubhouse for a reception, followed by awards, dinner, and a live auction. Hosted by the co-chairs, the auction raised $23,500 with friendly bidding surrounding a Foxwoods package that included golf at Lake of Isles and a George Strait concert experience at Gillette Stadium. The invitational’s first place team was Cox Business.
The 2019 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational was made possible thanks to presenting sponsors Aubin Corporation and H. Carr & Sons, Inc., along with clubhouse sponsor Rhode Island Medical Imaging, and golf ball sponsor ACS Industries, Inc., among the event’s more than 60 sponsors and contributors.
Since its inception in 1996, the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Invitational has raised more than $5 million for the hospital.
Warwick Ice Cream Introduces New Flavor, “Every Child, Every Day,” to Benefit Hasbro Children’s
With the unofficial start of summer just days away, Warwick Ice Cream has released a new flavor that’s a cool treat sure to warm the hearts of Rhode Islanders. On Friday, May 24, the family-owned Ocean State staple unveiled “Every Child, Every Day” during a special Ice Cream Social at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The new flavor, inspired by the hospital, will benefit Hasbro Children’s newly-launched Every Child, Every Day campaign. The major effort aims to modernize the area’s only pediatric hospital, expand programs, and create healing space where the care, compassion, and science of medicine meet the comforts of home.
“This is an exciting day, not only for our hospital, but for all Rhode Islanders who love ice cream – it’s absolutely delicious,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “But best of all is what this flavor represents. We are so thankful to Warwick Ice Cream and the Bucci family for their generosity and incredible commitment to the children of our state.”
“Every Child, Every Day,” the 89-year-old company’s sixth flavor, is an all-natural chocolate ice cream with Anchor Toffee crunch and a ‘care’amel swirl. It continues Warwick Ice Cream’s tradition as the only company in the state to make all its ice cream from scratch, and hits the freezers of local retailers on Saturday, May 25.
“This is so much more than ice cream for us – this is a way for us to use our platform to give back to our community and to our local kids,” said Thomas Bucci of Warwick Ice Cream. “As a family business, this is the most important thing to us and an enormous part of our family’s values.”
The idea to create the new ice cream was born in late 2018 when the hospital invited Warwick Ice Cream to learn about its now-current campaign. Instead of a direct financial contribution, the Bucci family wanted to do something that would make a bigger impact.
After spending the winter months developing and tweaking recipes, the company and Hasbro Children’s enlisted feedback from hospital members of The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC); a group of young adults with chronic illnesses who help mentor and provide support to children with illnesses.
“That the flavor was tested and developed with input from our patients only makes this sweeter,” added Dr. Van Bree. “Teens are experts in ice cream.”
With the sale of each pint, Warwick Ice Cream is donating $1 to the hospital’s Every Child, Every Day initiative. The $35 million campaign will advance the hospital’s state-of-the-art care and create a more modern healing environment to better accommodate doctors and families, along with the addition of new technologies. The ice cream company hopes to move more than 150,000 pints of its new flavor.
“Few things go together as well as children and ice cream; this is such a perfect partnership,” finished Dr. Van Bree. “And it is the support of the community and the strength of our partnerships that are critical to helping us achieve our goals – for every child and family that turns to us in their time of need.
From left: Thomas Bucci, Warwick Ice Cream; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Vinny Bucci, and Freddy “Scoops” Haddad of Warwick Ice Cream.
Dunkin' Celebrates Iced Coffee Day and Special Good Night Lights
We couldn’t have asked for better weather when our friends from Dunkin’ hosted Iced Coffee Day to benefit Hasbro Children’s at nearly 300 locally-owned restaurant locations on Wednesday, May 22.
From Newport to Woonsocket, across Bristol County, Massachusetts and everywhere in between, thousands upon thousands of people lined up to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital by purchasing their favorite iced coffee. For every cup sold, local Dunkin’ franchisees donated $1 to Hasbro Children’s.
The day was punctuated by a number of special events and activities designed to engage the community and build excitement around the important fundraising initiative. At various Dunkin’ restaurant locations, special guests like New England Patriot running back Sony Michel and University of Rhode Island coaches David Cox (men’s basketball) and Jim Fleming (football) helped serve iced coffees to customers. And outside the entrance to Hasbro Children’s, Dunkin’ set up its sampling van, offering free, made-to-order iced coffees for a suggested $1 donation to the hospital.
For the second consecutive year, Iced Coffee Day culminated with a special Good Night Lights celebration at India Point Park. Featuring lawn games, music and activities for families – and a visit by the Dunkin’ sampling van – the event drew a sizable crowd eager to join Good Night Lights founder Steve Brosnihan for the “Magic Minute.”
The results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day will be announced in early July. Since its inception in 2010, Iced Coffee Day has helped raise more than $2 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Here are some scenes from the event.
URI’s “RhodyTHON” Dance Marathon Raises $297,599
In just its second year, the University of Rhode Island’s “RhodyTHON” dance marathon exceeded all expectations, raising $297,599 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The impressive results were celebrated on April 26, when the event’s student organizers and university faculty presented hospital leadership with the generous donation.
Organized by URI’s student E-Board and dubbed “RhodyTHON” locally, dance marathons have become a movement on college campuses across the country to generate support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners such as Hasbro Children’s.
“We are not only enormously grateful for such a tremendous gift, but also in awe of every aspect of what these amazing students did for our hospital and for our patients and their families,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Their energy, passion and compassion in support of the health and wellbeing of children are simply unmatched.”
Since the start of the academic year, students at URI organized a variety of fundraisers to benefit the hospital, culminating with “RhodyTHON,” which began at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, and continued until midnight. Throughout the event, some 3,000 students, staff, and faculty filled Mackal Field House to dance away the hours, securing donations pledged for each hour spent dancing.
In what was among the night’s most touching moments, the event kicked-off with several Hasbro Children’s patient families introduced to rousing applause. Each family made a ‘grand entrance’ through an archway of balloons and was paired with a campus organization – athletic teams, fraternities, sororities, and social clubs – who welcomed them with warm signs of support.
“RhodyTHON is about so much more than raising donations to dance – the families we help inspire us to do what we do,” said Meg Boegler, co-executive director of URI RhodyTHON, and a graduating senior. “Our E-Board is made up of the most dedicated and hard-working students I’ve ever met. We knew we gave the event everything we had, but I’m not sure we anticipated the magnitude of how it would fortify our campus.”
“RhodyTHON” made its first appearance at URI in spring 2018, raising $172,108 – a record amount for a first-time Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals dance marathon.
When Subaru dealerships across the country supported their favorite charities during the company’s annual “Share the Love” event, Balise Subaru in West Warwick raised $28,683 for Hasbro Children’s after naming the hospital its local beneficiary of the program.
“Share the Love” is the automobile company’s signature national effort that encourages Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities. Over the course of six weeks, Subaru donated $250 for every vehicle sold or leased to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities.
This past event marked the fourth consecutive year Hasbro Children’s was selected as the charity of choice by the Balise staff, giving their customers an opportunity to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital. In addition to Hasbro Children’s, charities included ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation.
“The Subaru brand and the ‘Share the Love’ campaign align perfectly with our Balise philosophy of doing our part to enrich the communities in which we live and work,” said Jeb Balise, Owner and CEO of Balise Motor Sales. “For the fourth consecutive year, our team at Balise Subaru combined their passions for selling Subaru with helping their local community in support of an incredible cause.”
Since first partnering with Hasbro Children’s for “Share the Love,” Balise Subaru’s efforts have raised more than $125,000 for the hospital in support of patient care, medical equipment, and research.
“The continued support of everyone at Balise Subaru, and the incredible response of their customers to direct their donations to our hospital is nothing short of amazing – it’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We are a community that cares deeply for children and this generous gift will have a direct impact on our patients and their families when they need us most.”
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Radiothon Raises $428,190 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
A heightened sense of excitement filled the air as the 15th anniversary of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon broadcast live from the hospital on Thursday, April 4. Across 15 emotional hours, Hasbro Children’s patients and families took to the airwaves to share their stories of healing, inspiring a region of listeners to come together to raise $428,190. The funds will support patient care, lifesaving programs, and research.
“Radiothon is simply amazing in how it brings thousands of people together to make a difference in the lives of pediatric patients and their families – we could not be more grateful to our community for its generosity,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Cumulus and the on-air talent are truly special partners. To see them holding babies and talking with families is not only moving, but underscores their commitment to kids and to our hospital.”
A partnership between Cumulus Providence radio stations (92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO, and Hot 106) and Hasbro Children’s, the Radiothon began at 6 a.m. and continued until 9 p.m. As listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts were introduced to patients and their journeys with brain cancer, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, organ transplantation and more, over 100 volunteers answered phones to accept donations throughout the day.
During the event, listeners also followed the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the participating families, see quotes from their favorite radio personalities about what the day means to them, and view photos in real-time. At noon, hospital staff led everyone who had gathered in singing “Happy Birthday,” commemorating the Radiothon’s milestone year with a special cake.
“As we celebrate 15 years together with Hasbro Children’s, I am especially proud of the on-air team for their passion for helping the hospital and for the special way they invite their listeners to donate to the cause,” said Holly Paras, market manager for Cumulus Providence. “The generosity we witness at Radiothon is beyond profound. It’s inspiring to see the way our southeastern New England community responds to this event.”
Among the sponsors, volunteers, and supporters of the 15th Annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon were Alexander’s Uniforms; Cox Business; Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille; Dunkin’; East Commerce Solutions, Inc.; Hasbro, Inc.; Jordan’s Furniture; Lamar; Marshall Building & Remodeling Company; Murray Outdoor Communications; Nathan Clark & Associates; Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar; Pepsico; Providence Auto Body; Rhode Island Monthly; Rhode Island Public Transit Authority; Seastreak Ferry; Shaw’s Foundation; Subway; Sweet Indulgence Bakery; UNO Pizzeria & Grill; and Warwick Ice Cream.
Since its inception, the Radiothon has raised more than $8.4 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
URI Students Raise $292,173.30 for Hasbro Children’s during 2nd Annual “RhodyTHON”
In just its second year, the University of Rhode Island’s “RhodyTHON” dance marathon exceeded all expectations, raising more than $292,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital this past weekend.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and continuing until midnight, some 3,000 URI students, staff, and faculty filled Mackal Field House, dancing away the hours to raise funds for the area’s leading pediatric hospital. Across the country, dance marathons have become a movement on college campuses, generating support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners such as Hasbro Children’s.
Since the start of the academic year, students at URI have organized a variety of fundraisers to benefit the hospital, culminating with “RhodyTHON” and securing donation pledges for each hour spent dancing.
The event kicked-off with several Hasbro Children’s patient families introduced to rousing applause. Each family made a ‘grand entrance’ through an archway of balloons and was paired with a campus organization – fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, and social clubs – who welcomed them with warm signs of support. Shortly after, Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, took to the stage, thanking the energetic crowd for their dedication and passion for making a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
“RhodyTHON” made its first appearance at URI in spring 2018, raising $147,903.28 – a record amount for a first-time Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals dance marathon.
Heroes Ball Raises $1.1 Million as Hospital Celebrates 25th Anniversary
It’s been 25-years since Hasbro Children’s first opened its doors, and on Saturday, March 2, nearly 800 guests filled the Rhode Island Convention Center to celebrate the milestone during the hospital’s Heroes Ball, raising $1,140,484 to benefit its work.
Funds raised through the event will support hospital programs that would not be possible without philanthropic support, such as child life and the healing arts. The evening’s special fund-a-need, which generated $266,900 of the total raised, will support renovations to the pediatric pre- and post-surgical areas.
Chaired by Robert Vincent, chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corporation and his wife, Grace, and co-chaired by Deanna and Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron, the Heroes Ball opened with a cocktail reception featuring an aerialist performing 30-feet in the air. The harmonious sounds of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus filled the air as guests were then invited into the ballroom.
The evening program began with Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees, and Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and CEO of Lifespan, expressing gratitude to those who turned the dream of creating a world-class children’s hospital into reality.
“The breakthroughs we’ve had in two-and-a-half decades have changed and saved countless lives,” said Aubin. “To everyone who helped to build Hasbro Children’s and made it what it is today, you are a hero because you changed the landscape of pediatric care forever.”
Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, was next – joined on stage by her special guest emcee, 11-year-old Juliet Provost. Juliet, recently named the hospital’s 2019 Champion Child, was diagnosed with acute rheumatic fever at age 7, a condition that damaged the mitral and aortic valves of her heart. Juliet was a patient at the Pediatric Heart Center and today is doing great. After sharing her story, the sixth grader introduced Amber and Cliff Alston who shared their own experience at Hasbro Children’s.
The couple recalled the medical journey of their now nearly-5-year-old daughter, Paige, who was born with omphalocele, an abdominal wall defect which caused her organs to develop in a sac outside her body, and a heart defect. She spent the first 180 days of her life at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and underwent 23 surgical procedures before the age of 4. Today, Paige is in preschool and thriving.
Professional auctioneer Jimmy Tingle presented the event’s live auction and fund-a-need. After the Vincents announced the night’s fundraising total to thunderous applause, Dr. Van Bree returned to the podium with Al Verrecchia, the former Chairman of Hasbro, Inc.
Together, they thanked the community for its generous and unwavering support, and officially announced the public phase of Every Child, Every Day – the campaign for Hasbro Children’s and Bradley Hospital.
“Hasbro Children’s has changed the face of pediatric care for a generation of patients and families in Rhode Island and in our region,” said Dr. Van Bree. “And as thrilled as we are with our hospital’s past, we are even more excited as we look toward the future and our vision of a healthier world for all children.”
Added Verrecchia, chair of Every Child, Every Day, “This new campaign will create the foundation for our next 25-years by modernizing our two pediatric hospitals to match their world-class medical teams. Every Child, Every Day will also grow essential programs and expand lifesaving research in an atmosphere of healing that’s devoted entirely to kids.”
The 2019 Heroes Ball was made possible thanks to presenting sponsors CVS Health and IGT; platinum sponsors Brown Physicians, Inc., Textron, Tyger Event Design + Production, and dozens of other sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.
Visit from Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin Brings Smiles to Patients
It’s called the “Smile Patrol,” and on Friday, March 15, patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital got to experience the special Harlem Globetrotters program first-hand – with the help of a special guest.
Zeus McClurkin, a 5-year veteran with the team, made more than a few new fans when he stopped by the hospital to visit patients.
During his time in the Dunkin’ Family Room on the hospital’s 6th floor, Zeus signed autographs, posed for pictures and, of course, performed some of his trademark basketball tricks. After giving a few quick ball-handling tutorials to patients, he gave everyone a complimentary 4-pack of tickets to see the Globetrotters play in Providence on April 6.
The forward’s visit was made possible through Dunkin’s longtime partnership with Hasbro Children’s and the Harlem Globetrotters, and is part of the team’s “Smile Patrol” initiative to help lift the spirits of patients in hospitals across the country.
Surrounded by family, friends, and the hospital staff that cared for her during the most difficult time of her life, 11-year-old Juliet Provost was named the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child by Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Feb. 27.
During the special event in the hospital’s lower lobby – which included Juliet’s favorite treats of chocolate cake and oatmeal cookies – Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, presented the girl with a commemorative medal.
“Days like this are the best part of my job – celebrating the determined spirit of a young person who doesn’t let anything slow her down,” said Dr. Van Bree. “I am so grateful to Juliet and her family for sharing their story and for being ambassadors of our hospital’s lifesaving work.”
While vacationing and visiting family in Italy in spring 2015, Juliet experienced chest pains initially thought to be indigestion from eating too many new foods. But by the final day of the trip, Juliet had become tired to the point of struggling to walk, dropping things and tripping easily.
Once home, Juliet’s parents took her to the emergency department at Hasbro Children’s, where she was diagnosed with acute rheumatic fever (ARF). The condition, which is caused by undiagnosed strep throat, is dangerous to the heart and considered rare in the United States, with fewer than 20,000 cases annually.
Complicating Juliet’s condition was the presence of Sydenham’s chorea, an auto-immune reaction to strep throat that attacks the part of the brain that controls fine and gross motor skills.
Juliet was hospitalized and put on strict bed rest; her heart was enlarged and the mitral and aortic valves were damaged, causing blood to leak backwards. Fortunately, she was treated without surgery and able to return home one week later. Today, Juliet’s prognosis is great. The valves in her heart are almost fully healed and she takes penicillin twice a day – and will for life – to protect her from getting strep throat again. In 2018, she ran her first 5K.
“I’m so happy to be able to represent Hasbro Children’s Hospital in this way after all they’ve done for me,” said Juliet as she smiled from ear-to-ear. “I don’t even remember any of the tough parts of being in the hospital because there were so many good things – I don’t think I could ever thank my care team enough.”
Added Heather Provost, Juliet’s mom, “2015 was the most difficult time in our lives, but knowing this amazing hospital was just fifteen minutes from our house made such an incredible difference for our family. Hasbro Children’s allowed for us to take something very scary and turn it into something positive.”
As the hospital’s 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child, Juliet will spend the year as a pediatric ambassador, highlighting the work of Hasbro Children’s and the importance of donated funds for research and treatment.
Spirit Halloween Donates $103,066
Although temperatures just one day earlier hovered in single digits, Halloween was on everyone’s mind when local Spirit Halloween representatives presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership with a $103,066 donation on January 22.
The funds were raised through the company’s “Spirit of Children” program, which recognizes its national commitment to children’s health and was created to provide financial support to children’s hospitals. More than a dozen local area Spirit Halloween locations earmarked their funds to benefit Hasbro Children’s child life program. The total raised in 2018 represents a more than 35 percent increase over 2017.
“From the Halloween parties they host for patients throughout our hospital each October, to the incredible amount of funds they raise on our behalf, Spirit Halloween is a true partner in our work,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Every family comes through our doors with some level of trepidation, and it’s our child life team that is simply amazing at making them feel more comfortable. We are so grateful for this gift.”
Beginning in mid-September and continuing through the end of October, customers who purchased their costumes and Halloween décor at local Spirit Halloween stores were given two opportunities to support Hasbro Children’s. In addition to offering a coupon for 10 percent off their purchase —which Spirit donates back to the hospital — customers are invited to make a voluntary donation while checking out.
Hasbro Children’s child life program helps to provide young patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization by engaging in play, storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. Certified child life specialists also help to educate patients and their families about a child’s illness and what to expect during a test or procedure in non-scary ways.
Since 2011, “Spirit of Children” has raised $440,998 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Overall, the program has generated in excess of $54 million for 141 hospitals across the United States and Canada.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Named Local Beneficiary of Balise Subaru’s “Share the Love” Event
With the season of giving in full swing, Balise Subaru is once again focusing its charitable efforts on Hasbro Children’s Hospital, selecting the hospital as the local beneficiary of the auto company’s national “Share the Love” event. It’s the fourth straight holiday season the West Warwick-based dealership is giving its customers an opportunity to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
Through January 2, 2019, Subaru will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities. Committed to making a difference locally, the Balise Subaru staff jointly decided to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital, which has overwhelmingly been customers’ charity of choice since the partnership began in 2015.
In addition to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Balise Subaru’s “Share the Love” event will also benefit national charities, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation.
“Our partnership with Hasbro Children’s Hospital is one we hold near and dear to our hearts,” said Derek Power, General Manager of Balise Subaru. “To see our associates and our customers come together during the holiday season for the common goal of supporting the hospital is incredible. We hope to make this year’s donation the largest yet.”
During last year’s “Share the Love” event, Balise Subaru raised $28,077 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, bringing its three-year total to nearly $100,000. The generosity of Balise and its customers has helped to support the hospital’s areas of greatest need across patient care, medical equipment, and research.
Newport Car Museum Donates Mini Electric Car to Samuels Sinclair Dental Center for Young Patients to ‘Drive’ to Exam Rooms
Young patients at the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center in Providence now can make a grand entrance for their appointments thanks to the generosity of the Newport Car Museum, located in Portsmouth.
On Monday, November 26, museum representatives made a special visit to the center, donating a mini electric car (a pink Henes Broon F830) so its patients can ‘drive’ themselves to an exam room for their appointment. During the presentation of the car, Celia Furtado, age 8, of Cranston, and a longtime patient of the dental center, was all smiles as the first to sit behind the wheel.
“Much like going to the hospital, we know a trip to the dentist can lead to nervousness for many children,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “That our dental center now has this amazing ride-on vehicle available to patients will no doubt result in wide smiles and less anxiety as kids drive down its hallways. We are beyond grateful to the Newport Car Museum for both its generosity and understanding the extras that make a big difference for patients.”
The November donation is the second battery-operated vehicle gifted by the museum this fall to help kids. In September, the Newport Car Museum donated a red mini electric car to Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center. Both cars feature an integrated tablet PC smart system.
“We are fortunate to have Hasbro Children’s Hospital in our state and we wanted to give back in appreciation of all they do for our community, including providing dental services for so many families,” said Newport Car Museum’s Vincent Moretti. “When people visit the Newport Car Museum, they put aside whatever is happening in their lives to spend time enjoying the art of the car. We wanted to foster that same feeling in kids – that with the mini electric cars, they’d be thinking about driving, instead of being at the dentist’s office or in the hospital.”
The electric ride-on vehicles were purchased to bring smiles to children from funds raised through the museum’s Fast Five raffle event. Leading up to its September showing of Fast Five – the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious movie series – the museum sold raffle tickets to members of the community for a chance to ride to lunch with the museum founders in the Ford GT40 used in the film’s famous train heist scene. The blue Ford muscle car is a recent addition to the museum’s impressive collection.
Patients Enjoy Early Taste of Halloween Thanks to Volunteers from Spirit Halloween
Although Halloween was still two weeks away, the date on the calendar didn’t stop patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital from enjoying an early taste of the spooky holiday on October 17 – thanks to our friends from Spirit Halloween and their “Spirit of Children” program.
Throughout the afternoon, Spirit Halloween volunteers hosted special parties for hospitalized children in the playrooms located on the hospital’s 4th, 5th, and 6th floors, joining them in Halloween-themed activities, including face-painting, and crafts. There was extra excitement in the air as each child got to pick out a costume to keep as a special gift.
Spirit Halloween has been a longtime supporter of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, organizing an annual in-store fundraiser in addition to hosting Halloween parties. Through October 31, customers who purchase their costumes at local Spirit Halloween can receive 10% off their purchase using this coupon. Spirit Halloween will donate the 10% to our hospital.
Funds raised by local Spirit Halloween stores benefit Hasbro Children’s Child Life program, which helps to provide patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization through play and storytelling. Certified Child Life Specialists also work to educate patients and their families about a child’s illness and what to expect during a test or procedure in non-scary ways.
Since the partnership began, Spirit Halloween has raised $337,932 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. We, and our patients, are very grateful for their generous and ongoing support!
Spirit of Children Supports the Child Life Program
Once again Spirit of Children is offering a 10-percent discount on purchases made online and in local Spirit Halloween stores and donating the money back to the child life department at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Get Coupon.
Spirit of Children’s mission is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families through support of the child life departments at partner hospitals in local communities, which includes Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Since 2007, Spirit of Children has raised $45 million to provide child life funding for art, music, aquatic and pet therapy programs as well as the purchase of educational items and toys used for distraction during medical procedures, and much more. 100 percent of every dollar donated supports the child life department.
To learn more about this program and find a local participating store go to SpiritOfChildren.com.
The Washington County Fair, Rockwell Amusements Team-Up to Raise $26,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
This year, one of New England’s longest-standing traditions partnered with the area’s leading pediatric hospital to help make a difference in the lives of young patients. During its five-day run from August 15 to 19, The Washington County Fair offered patrons a number of ways to donate to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, with the community coming together to raise $26,000.
Dubbed the “FUNdraiser” of Rhode Island’s largest agricultural event, The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements joined forces to offer guests a complimentary merry-go-round ride for a minimum $2 donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Taking their generosity one step further, The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements both matched the first $2,500 in donations. The merry-go-round was introduced to the fair this year specifically for the “FUNdraiser,” and was enjoyed by several thousand families.
“We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with Rockwell Amusements on this fundraiser for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The fair has been focused on giving back to our community, local 4H and FFA clubs since its inception, and prides itself in providing a safe place for children and their families to have fun, learn, and experience farm life,” commented Roxanne Nelson, Co-Chairman of The Washington County Fair. “The decision was unanimous when Harold Fera of Rockwell Amusements approached the fair committee on his proposed partnership with Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Almost everyone in our community knows someone who has been treated at the hospital, and we are proud to have supported and served our community this year through our fundraising efforts. I’d like to thank all who were involved, especially the patrons, for making this fundraiser a major success.”
Visitors also had the opportunity to donate to Hasbro Children’s Hospital across the fair’s sprawling concessions area as 25 food vendors participated in a “food booth challenge” to see who could raise the most money. The challenge generated $9,895.82 of the total raised for the hospital, with the Hope Valley Fire Department booth winning the friendly competition by raising $2,465.
“We could not be more grateful to The Washington County Fair and Rockwell Amusements, not only for their generosity, but for also making our hospital such an important focus of this year’s event,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Just as people come from all over our region to enjoy the fair, families across southern New England rely on our hospital for their children’s care – it is beyond heartwarming to see our community respond with such kindness on behalf of the kids who need us most.”
Local Walmart Stores Kick-Off Annual Fundraising Campaign to Support Hasbro Children’s Hospital
The lower level of Hasbro Children’s Hospital was filled with excitement on Tuesday, August 21, when more than two dozen local Walmart associates joined hospital leadership and the hospital’s 2018 Champion Child to kick-off this year’s fundraising campaign.
Beginning on August 27, and continuing through September 30, all Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts Walmart locations will offer its customers a convenient way to support our area’s leading pediatric hospital. At checkout, Walmart associates will invite customers to make a voluntary donation of $1 or more to their shopping total; 100 percent of the donation directly goes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Walmart is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) partner and Hasbro Children’s is the region’s member hospital.
During the kick-off, Walmart associates were introduced to 4-year-old Champion Child Paige Alston and her parents, Amber and Cliff. Paige was born with an abdominal wall defect known as omphalocele, as well as an atrial septal defect. She spent the first 180 days of her life at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and has undergone 24 procedures to-date.
Throughout this year’s Walmart campaign, Paige’s face will adorn the display posters at each register, encouraging customers to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital and make a difference in kids’ lives.
As the kick-off event came to a close, the Alston family and Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, presented local Walmart associates with framed artwork featuring Paige.
Since 1987, Walmart has been a dedicated CMNH partner, raising more than $1 billion nationally for member hospitals. Locally, Walmart raised $160,486 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2017, bringing its total support of the hospital to nearly $2.9 million since 2007. Their unwavering support has helped us purchase lifesaving equipment, undertake key renovation projects, and support programs that bring hope and healing to the patients and families who rely on our specialized care.
Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Day Raises $155,844 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
This year’s Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee Day helped to raise $155,844 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, making the 2018 effort one of the highest fundraising totals since its launch in 2010.
Held this year on Wednesday, May 23, Iced Coffee Day is Dunkin’ Donuts’ annual fundraiser to support Hasbro Children’s Hospital. For every iced coffee sold at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees donated $1 to the hospital. The effort has now raised more than $2 million since inception.
“All of us at Dunkin’ Donuts are so proud of the results of this year’s Iced Coffee Day, and we thank our loyal customers for coming out to support the cause,” said Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Joe Prazeres. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital is an invaluable organization that helps countless children and families across our region. We are thrilled to support them, and we are already looking forward to next year’s Iced Coffee Day.”
“Not only is Iced Coffee Day one of our hospital’s most important annual fundraisers, it also provides an opportunity for people across our communities to make a direct impact on the lives of our patients and their families,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Words alone cannot express our thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, their franchisees and customers, for their continued generosity and support.”
This year’s Iced Coffee Day was jam-packed with special events and celebrity appearances throughout the market, including New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty; University of Rhode Island Men’s Basketball Head Coach David Cox; NBC’s The Voice star Emily Luther, and a number of local elected officials who volunteered their time to work the counters and drive-thru windows at are Dunkin’ Donuts.
Plus, for the first time this year, Dunkin’ Donuts partnered with Good Night Lights, the locally iconic tradition of shining lights toward Hasbro Children’s Hospital every night at 8:30 to let patients know we’re all thinking about them. As part of the partnership, Dunkin’ Donuts gave away free keychain flashlights to customers throughout the month of May, and hosted a large Good Night Lights signaling event in India Point Park the night of Iced Coffee Day.
“I’m proud of what Good Night Lights has become, and how it continues to grow. What started as one exchange between me and a patient at Hasbro Children's Hospital in 2010 has grown into a nightly ritual of support from people and businesses all across Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” said Good Night Lights founder and conductor Steve Brosnihan. “The fact that we see lights shining every night at 8:30 is a testament to the generous, caring hearts of Rhode Islanders, and all those who join the display. Big thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for shining its own spotlight on this project and its volunteer community intent on raising the spirits of hospitalized children.”
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Receives New Motorized Cars for Patients to ‘Drive’ to Operating Room Thanks to Balise Motor Sales Group
Patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital now have two new motorized options – in the form of a pink Chevrolet Camaro and a black Chevrolet Silverado – to drive themselves to the operating room prior to a procedure. The battery-operated ride-on vehicles were presented to the hospital on Wednesday, June 27, by representatives of Balise Motor Sales Group.
For more than 20 years, Hasbro Children’s has offered this feel-good opportunity to its patients through a various vehicles, including a ride-on tractor and an SUV. But once Balise learned that the hospital’s current offerings had racked up the miles and could be refreshed, they didn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand. In the process, they also made a special request a reality.
“We know that no matter the procedure, kids and their families are usually nervous before surgery, which makes it wonderful to see them smiling as they drive down the hallway,” said Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s pediatric surgeon- in-chief. “We’ve had a number of patients ask for a pink car to use, and we didn’t have one until now. That Balise went the extra mile to gift us cars that will appeal to all children underscores their commitment to our hospital and to our patients. We are grateful for their support.”
The new Camaro and Silverado will be parked in the hospital’s pre- and post-anesthesia care units. The hospital’s current vehicles will also remain in use, giving patients a total of four vehicle options to choose from.
“It’s important to us that our partnership continues to enhance the experience of the patients and families who rely on Hasbro Children’s Hospital for their care,” said Balise Motor Sales owner and CEO, Jeb Balise. “Knowing these ride-on vehicles will provide joy during an otherwise stressful time means the world to us.”
The Blue Angels Touch Down at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to Visit with Patients
Before taking to the sky high above Quonset Point on June 9 and 10 to wow tens of thousands of spectators at the annual Rhode Island Air Show, members of the Blue Angels touched down at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 8 to help lift the spirits of young patients.
Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the four Blue Angels team members presented a special gift to Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, before heading to the 4th and 5th floors to meet patients.
Once upstairs, the team members went room-to-room, where they were met with smiling young faces and shared stories about their impressive stunts and high-flying jets.
Specializing in flying acrobatics, the Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron. Featuring officers who voluntarily serve on the team, each pilot stakes claim to having flown at least 1,250 tactical flight-jet hours. Since 1946, the prestigious group has flown for more than 260 million spectators.
In addition to the Blue Angels’ hospital visit, Hasbro Children’s Hospital will be the beneficiary of donations collected at the Air Show’s entrance each day. Since the partnership was established more than 20 years ago, in excess of $2 million has been collected and donated to the hospital.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its sincere thanks to Flight Surgeon Navy Lt. Juan Guerra, MD; Navy Lt. F/A-18 Demonstration Pilot Brandon Hempler; Navy Lt. F/A-18 Hornet Pilot Andre Webb; and Navy Hospital Corpsman Clarence Presley for taking the time to visit our hospital and our patients.
Balise Subaru’s Annual “Share the Love” Event Raises $28,077 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
For the third consecutive year, Hasbro Children’s was as a beneficiary of Balise Subaru’s annual winter “Share the Love” event, the automobile company’s signature national effort that encourages Subaru retailers to give back to their communities. The hospital was selected as the local beneficiary of the Balise campaign by the dealership’s staff, receiving a generous donation of $28,077.
“Subaru’s ‘Share the Love’ campaign is one of our favorite times of the year as it allows our team at Balise Subaru to use their skills selling vehicles to support the local community,” said Jeb Balise, owner and CEO of Balise Motor Sales. “The more cars we sell, the more money we raise, and we are grateful to our customers for rallying with us on behalf of Hasbro Children’s Hospital for a third consecutive year.”
Throughout the six weeks of “Share the Love” Subaru donated $250 for every vehicle sold or leased to the purchaser’s choice of benefitting charities. Along with Hasbro Children’s Hospital, charities included ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation. Since first partnering with the hospital in 2015, Balise Subaru’s efforts have raised nearly $100,000 for Hasbro Children’s hospital in support of patient care, medical equipment, and research.
“We could not be more grateful to Balise Subaru for once again choosing our hospital as their local beneficiary, and for their customers’ response to supporting our work,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “So much of the care we provide is made possible thanks to philanthropy and a community that cares deeply for children; this gift will have a direct impact on our patients and their families.”
Annual Radiothon Raises $422,431 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Support of Patient Care
Over the course of 15 inspirational hours, Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients and their families shared stories of hope, strength, and healing during the hospital’s 14th annual Radiothon on Thursday, April 5.
Across Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts, a community of listeners inspired by stories of esophageal atresia, cerebral palsy, pediatric cancers and more came together to raise $422,431. The funds will support patient care, lifesaving programs, and research.
The Radiothon is a partnership between Cumulus Providence Radio Stations (92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO, and Hot 106) and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The event was broadcast live from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and continuing until 9:00 p.m., with more than 100 volunteers answering the phones to accept donations throughout the day.
“I could not be more grateful to our community for rallying together in support of the Radiothon and our kids, and for giving generously to our hospital,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “On behalf of the patients and families who depend on our hospital, my deepest thanks goes to Cumulus Providence for their dedication to making the Radiothon possible, and for engaging their listeners in this very personal and meaningful way.”
Throughout the event, listeners also followed the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the families sharing their stories and view photos in real-time.
“Cumulus Providence is proud to partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital on the annual Radiothon – our listeners and advertisers are incredibly generous to this important cause,” said Holly Paras, market manager for Cumulus Providence. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital touches the lives of so many children and families in southern New England. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of children in our community.”
Among the sponsors, volunteers, and supporters of the 2018 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon were Alex and Ani Charity by Design; Alexander’s Uniforms; Cardi’s Furniture; Coventry Lumber; Cox Business; David D. Schuller; Dunkin’ Donuts; East Commerce Solutions, Inc.; Finetco; Hasbro, Inc.; Jordan’s Furniture; Lamar; Marshall Building & Remodeling Company; Murray Outdoor Communications; Nathan Clark & Associates; National Guard Association of Rhode Island; Pepsico Foodservice; Providence Auto Body; Rhode Island Monthly; Rhode Island Public Transit Authority; Shaw’s Foundation; and Walmart.
Since its inception, the Radiothon has raised more than $8 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
On Monday, April 30, Ronald McDonald House Providence celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Located on the hospital’s 4th floor, the family room is named in memory of “Little Ed” Holewiak, III and designed to provide patients and families with the comforts of home within the hospital setting.
Over the past decade, more than 18,000 families have enjoyed complimentary coffee, refreshments, meals, and snacks thanks to Panera Bread Seekonk, Vienna Bakery, Coca-Cola, and Blount Fine Foods. The room is beautifully furnished through the generosity of Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses, making it a comfortable respite from the bustle of the hospital. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald Family Room offers a full kitchenette, laundry facility, and computers complimentary to families.
“We are thankful to all our supporters for allowing us to bring the mission of Ronald McDonald House Providence within the walls of Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Michael Fantom, CEO, RMH Providence. “This room was made possible with the support of the McDonald’s community and the staff of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, namely Myra Edens for being instrumental in bringing the family room to life – we look forward to serving many more families in the year to come.”
Myra Edens is a former president of the Ronald McDonald House Providence Board of Directors, and Dr. Luks and Tracey Wallace are current members of the organization’s board.
Four-Year-Old Paige Alston Honored as Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s 2018 Champion Child
Just a few weeks past her fourth birthday and flashing a playful smile as the morning’s guest of honor, Paige Alston, of Coventry, RI, stood alongside her parents Amber and Cliff as the couple recalled their daughter’s difficult medical journey to guests gathered at Hasbro Children’s Hospital during an event on March 30.
Moments later, the hospital – who the Alstons credit with saving their daughter’s life – honored the young girl as the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Rhode Island Champion Child. To mark the occasion, Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, presented Paige with a commemorative medal.
“Having an opportunity to recognize Paige for her strength and determination is a wonderful part of my job, but nothing beats seeing how well this beautiful little girl is doing today and how bright her future is,” said Dr. Van Bree. “We are so grateful to her parents for sharing their story – families like the Alstons are the best advocates for the life-saving work that happens here.”
Born with an omphalocele, an abdominal wall defect which caused Paige’s stomach, intestines and a portion of her liver to develop in a sac outside of her body, the young girl was also diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD) shortly after birth. The ASD left Paige with a hole in the wall between her heart’s upper chambers, resulting in pulmonary hypertension.
At just three months of age, Paige underwent open-heart surgery and a tracheostomy to help her breathe. She spent the first 180 days of her life at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, much of it in the pediatric intensive care unit, before returning home with the assistance of a ventilator to begin her journey to recovery.
“Our care team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is simply miracle workers; they not only saved our daughter’s life, but continue to care for and love her as though she was part of their family,” said Cliff Alston.
Added Amber Alston, “We are so proud of our warrior princess — Paige has taught us how strong we could be as parents and what the true meaning of love is. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to everyone at Hasbro Children’s for what they’ve made possible for our family.”
To date, Paige has undergone 23 procedures and requires monthly tracheotomy changes and maintenance. She no longer needs a ventilator and has a fully healthy heart, showing no remaining signs of pulmonary hypertension. Within the coming years, Paige will need to undergo an additional procedure at Hasbro Children’s to complete the final closure of her omphalocele, and, hopefully, the reversal of her tracheostomy.
Now in preschool, Paige is speaking and playing, and brightens the lives of everyone around her with her infectious smile and sense of resiliency – living each day to the fullest. As the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion, she will spend the year as a pediatric ambassador, highlighting the work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Heroes Ball Raises $970,285 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
On Saturday, March 3, Hasbro Children’s Hospital welcomed more than 700 guests to the Rhode Island Convention Center for its annual Heroes Ball. The signature event raised $970,285 in support of patient care, life-saving programs, research, education, and the evening’s fund-a-need focus – the transformation of the hospital’s outdoor healing garden and play areas.
The Heroes Ball was chaired for the second consecutive year by Robert Vincent, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and External Relations for IGT and his wife, Grace. Guests were welcomed into the ballroom by Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees, who shined a spotlight on all the heroes in the room that night before introducing Woonsocket native and former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Emily Luther, who sang a moving rendition of Rachel Platten’s song, Stand by You.
Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, addressed guests next. “On so many levels, our hospital is more central to our region than ever – both within our walls and out in the community – and much of that is driven by the generosity of our donors. You have my deepest gratitude for all you make possible for our hospital, and for our patients and their families.”
During her remarks, Dr. Van Bree was joined on stage by 8-year-old Grace Gallonio, a patient of Hasbro Children’s Hospital who is now more than seven years cancer-free after being treated for a sacrococcygeal teratoma tumor shortly after her first birthday. As guest emcee, Grace lit up the room with her wide smile and enthusiasm while speaking to the large crowd.
Following Dr. Van Bree’s introduction of a video that captured what transforming the hospital’s outdoor space would mean to patients and families, she welcomed her second special guest to the podium, 8-year-old Talon Hobbs. At the age of four, Talon was treated at Hasbro Children’s for a Wilms' tumor. He recalled for the audience how difficult it was to spend all of his time inside while missing the fresh air and sunshine.
The evening’s auctioneer, Jimmy Tingle, presented the event’s live auction and fund-a-need blitz in support of the hospital’s healing garden. Among the auction items inspiring friendly bidding wars were a two night stay in New York City with four tickets to see Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out show on Broadway; a one-week stay for four in Tuscany, Italy with private driver, cooking classes and vineyard tours; and a Boston Red Sox luxury suite package for 20 to see the home team play the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in August.
“The outpouring of generosity by all of you in this room tonight has made possible another life-changing dimension in healing for our patients and their families,” said Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital as she announced the results of the auction and fund-a-need. “Nature truly is good medicine, and we cannot thank our donors enough for the incredible support that extends beyond the walls of our hospital,” added Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief.
After celebrating the night’s fundraising success, guests danced to the sounds of Sugarbabies, Inc., including a special performance of Soul Man, with members of hospital leadership jamming with the band.
The 2018 Heroes Ball was made possible thanks to presenting sponsors CVS Health and IGT; gold sponsors ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design, APG Security, H. Carr & Sons, Inc., The Procaccianti Group, Swarovski, Tufts Health Plan, and dozens of other sponsors who contributed to the event’s success.
Salve Regina Students Raise $20,207 for Hasbro Children’s during Miracle Network Dance Marathon
Beginning on Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m., and continuing through 10:00 a.m. the following morning, more than 115 Salve Regina University students danced the night away at Ochre Court in Newport, raising $20,207 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Dubbed locally the “SalveTHON,” the 14-hour event was part of the nationwide Miracle Network Dance Marathon, which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Hasbro Children’s is a proud member.
For weeks leading up to the “SalveTHON,” students secured donations from family and friends based on the amount of time they’d spend at the event. Students also organized fundraising activities for the night itself, including games and snacks. Dance participants could also make a donation to the cause if they wanted to take a quick nap to recharge during the overnight hours. Students and university faculty welcomed hospital patients Jeannette Finch and Evan Huddon and their families to participate in the festivities.
Across the country, Miracle Network Dance Marathons unite college, university, and high school students to raise funds and awareness for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The more than $20,000 raised represents the university’s most successful “SalveTHON” to date, exceeding the $18,000 generated in 2017.
Football Star Rob Gronkowski Visits Hasbro Children’s Hospital Patients, Presents Hospital with $25,000 Gift from Gronk Nation Youth Foundation
Football season may be over, but that didn’t stop the local team from being the center of attention when star tight end Rob Gronkowski, along with his father and brothers, took time to visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients on Tuesday, February 13. In addition to putting smiles on the faces of children, the Gronkowski family presented hospital leadership with a gift of $25,000 from the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.
The Gronkowskis’ visit was part of a daylong trek to children’s hospitals across New England, making donations in Massachusetts and Maine before arriving in Rhode Island. Leading up to this year’s AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, Gronk Nation sold t-shirts and held two online raffles, giving fans a chance to win tickets to the games. Proceeds from the raffles were earmarked for three local children’s hospitals, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
“There is no question that today is a day our patients and their families will never forget,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We could not be more thankful to Rob and the entire Gronkowski family, not only for their incredible generosity and commitment to kids, but also for the gift of their time.”
During the Gronkowskis’ visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Rob and his brothers spent time in the family room on the hospital’s sixth floor, where they colored with patients, posed for photos, and signed autographs. The Gronkowskis then visited patients on the hospital’s fifth floor, where the tight end made more than a few new fans. In one of the afternoon’s most emotional moments, Gronkowski autographed a jersey for Jonathan Mastriano, 14, after the young boy told him he wore it while watching the Super Bowl from his hospital room.
“My family and I were happy to support Rhode Island’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Rob Gronkowski. “We had a great time yesterday meeting both the children and staff, especially making Valentine’s Day cards.”
Spirit Halloween Presents Hasbro Children’s Hospital with $76,269 Donation
Continuing their company’s national commitment to children’s health, local representatives from Spirit Halloween presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital leadership with a donation of $76,269 on Monday, February 12.
The funds raised were the result of Spirit Halloween’s “Spirit of Children” program, which was created to support children’s hospitals with much needed funding. Local area Spirit Halloween locations earmarked their funds to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Child Life department.
“No child comes through our doors without being a little scared, and our Child Life team is simply amazing at helping to make the hospital as fun and pleasant a place as possible,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Spirit Halloween and their customers are invaluable partners in our work and we are grateful for their ongoing support. It truly makes a difference in the lives of the children we care for.”
Beginning in mid-September and continuing through the end of October, customers who purchased their costumes and Halloween décor at local Spirit Halloween stores were given two opportunities to support Hasbro Children’s. In addition to offering a coupon for 10 percent off their purchase —which Spirit donates back to the hospital — customers are invited to make a voluntary donation while checking out.
The Hasbro Children’s Hospital Child Life department works to provide young patients with a sense of normalcy during hospitalization by engaging in play, storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. Certified Child Life Specialists also help to educate patients and their families about a child’s illness and what to expect during a test or procedure in non-scary ways.
“We are extremely proud to partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and support the work of Child Life through the generosity of our local Spirit Halloween stores, customers and business partners,” said Richard Tereo, Director of Corporate Administration, Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc. “It is an honor to be able to help Child Life Specialists provide therapeutic healing for children and their families while doctors and nurses focus on medical treatment.”
Since 2011, “Spirit of Children” has raised more than $335,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Overall, the program has generated in excess of $45 million for 130 hospitals across the United States and Canada.
Hasbro Children’s Patients Receive Special Starlight “Brave Gowns” Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts’ The Joy in Childhood Foundation
Hasbro Children’s Hospital was bustling with superheroes on Monday, November 20, when our friends from Dunkin’ Donuts and their The Joy in Childhood Foundation made a special visit to bring joy to hospitalized kids.
Joined by Governor Gina M. Raimondo and hospital leadership, Dunkin’ Donuts and its charitable foundation presented Starlight “Brave Gowns” to patients, putting smiles on the faces of young children and their families. By replacing traditional hospital garments with comfortable, brightly-colored gowns, pediatric patients are transformed into astronauts, princesses, cowboys, and other characters. The end result is a little fun and laughter during an otherwise difficult time.
“We are so grateful to Dunkin’ Donuts, The Joy in Childhood Foundation, and everyone who helped to make this special day possible for our patients. It’s one I know they’ll never forget,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Being in the hospital is never easy, but with the help of these wonderful ‘Brave Gowns,’ our youngest patients will be able to forget for a short time why they are here and simply be kids.”
In addition to receiving “Brave Gowns,” patients were treated to a special doughnut-decorating activity by Rick Golden, the Manager of Donut Excellence on Dunkin’ Donuts’ national culinary team. Held in the Dunkin’ Donuts Family Room on the hospital’s sixth floor, patients had a great time personalizing their own doughnuts with a variety of colorful toppings and Dunkin’s signature frostings.
Dunkin’ Donuts and its local franchisees are long-time supporters of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. From Iced Coffee Day to the hospital’s annual Radiothon and many initiatives in between, their unwavering generosity to the area’s leading pediatric hospital totals nearly $2 million dollars. This year, The Joy in Childhood Foundation will deliver 10,000 “Brave Gowns” to children’s hospitals nationwide.
Rhode Island Hospital Welcomes Seven Community Leaders to Foundation Board of Governors
Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, today announced the appointment of seven new members to its Foundation Board of Governors.
Joining the Foundation Board of Governors are Christopher Buchanan, Anne Marie Johnson, Philip Morin, Kate and Kevin Murphy, Tricia S. O’Neil, and Maureen Soutter.
Members of the Board of Governors are volunteer ambassadors for the hospital and leaders in the community. They focus on enhancing philanthropic support and partnerships with individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to benefit Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Christopher Buchanan is Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations for the New England region for Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club. He joined the company in 2000. Chris also manages the company’s media relations, and is Chairman of its Foundation Philanthropic State Giving Councils. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College.
Anne Marie Johnson joined The Claflin Company in 1978 and was appointed its President and COO in 2016. Specializing in operational and administrative business processes of distribution and supply chain efficiencies, Anne Marie serves on the steering committee of the Health Industry Distributor Association (HIDA) for the industry’s improvement initiative, “Pricing Accuracy.” She is also a member of its Educational Foundation to advance research and analytics in healthcare. Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.
Philip Morin retired following a career of more than four decades in the plastics industry. During retirement, he has dedicated much of his time to volunteering. In 2011, Philip’s wife, Phyllis, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma and the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital became their primary resource for care and treatment. Following his wife’s passing in 2012, Philip became an advocate for brain tumor research. He holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, and a BS degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Kate Murphy is a Vice President in the Providence office of Regan Communications Group, the largest privately-held public relations agency in New England. With more than 15 years of PR experience, Kate manages a variety of Regan’s hospitality and corporate accounts, focusing on community and media relations, event coordination, and consumer outreach. A graduate of Providence College, Kate is an active member of the Junior League of Rhode Island, serving as co-chair of the Community Outreach committee to support young people aging out of the foster care system.
Kevin Murphy, Esquire, co-founded the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in downtown Providence in 2013 at the same time he established the Law Offices of Kevin B. Murphy. Early in his career, Attorney Murphy obtained a Legal Fellowship in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). He also served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Justice of the RI Supreme Court. Kevin later joined Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB (HLIB) and also worked for Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. A graduate of Providence College, Kevin is the creator of the superhero character known as “Hope Man,” who attends community events and spreads messages of goodwill throughout the state.
Tricia S. O’Neil, CFA, is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor and Family Wealth Director at Morgan Stanley. Her work focuses on developing investment strategies for high net worth individuals. Prior to her role with Morgan Stanley, Tricia worked with BNY Mellon/The Providence Group. In addition to her volunteer leadership role with Rhode Island Hospital, Tricia also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), and is a Past-President of RISE.
Maureen Soutter has been working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 25-years. Deeply committed to the community, Maureen has served on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Preservation Society, and has been a Parent Agent at The Pomfret School in Connecticut. Currently, Maureen is an active volunteer with the Providence Preservation Society in support of their annual gala and other fundraising efforts. She has been active with Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the past 18-years.
Hole in One, Viti Mercedes-Benz Golf Tournament Raises $10K for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Continuing their generous support of the area’s leading pediatric hospital, Viti Mercedes-Benz recently presented Hasbro Children’s Hospital with a donation in the amount of $10,000.
Representing funds raised through the dealership’s annual golf tournament, Viti’s gift will support the hospital’s areas of greatest need, including patient care, life-saving programs, research, and education.
For several years, Viti Mercedes-Benz has donated the net proceeds of its golf tournament, held at the prestigious New Seabury Country Club on Cape Cod, to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In total, the dealership has raised a total of $60,000.
Spirit Halloween Puts Smiles on Patient Faces at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
For patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a taste of Halloween came a bit early this year when our friends from Spirit Halloween made a special visit to the hospital on Thursday, October 12.
Complete with costumes to keep, “spooky” arts and crafts activities, face painting and pumpkin painting, the afternoon of fun was part of the company’s “Spirit of Children” activities.
From the Tomorrow Fund Clinic to our playrooms on the 4th and 5th floors, Spirit volunteers—the Halloween experts—spread joy to patients for nearly two-hours, helping them forget, even for a short time, that they’re in the hospital.
Spirit Halloween has long been a supporter of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In addition to hosting annual Halloween parties, the company organizes in-store fundraiser each year, and has raised more than $261,000 for the hospital to date.