PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As Hasbro Children’s Hospital celebrates 25 years in operation, the annual fundraiser to support its various programs was a success this past weekend.
Nearly 800 people attended the Heroes Ball Saturday night at the Rhode Island Convention Center, including Meteorologist Tony Petrarca and Eyewitness Sports Director Yianni Kourakis.
The black-tie event has raised millions for Hasbro Children’s and Bradley Hospitals over the years, and this time was no different. A spokesperson on Wednesday said the ball raised a total of $1,140,334, which will be used towards programs such as Child Life and the Healing Arts, as well as renovations to the hospital’s pediatric pre- and post-surgical areas.
“Hasbro Children’s has changed the face of pediatric care for a generation of patients and families in Rhode Island and in our region,” Hospital President Dr. Margaret Van Bree said. “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.”
“The breakthroughs we’ve had in two-and-a-half decades have changed and saved countless lives,” Lawrence Aubin Sr., chairman of Lifespan’s Board of Directors and R.I. Hospital’s Board of Trustees, added. “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.”
WPRI 12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors of the Heroes Ball.