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Tom and the Lion Event Raises 160K for Charitable Care

In an event to raise awareness about brain based disorders such as mental illness and sports related brain injuries, Butler Hospital also raised $160,000 for the charitable care fund at the hospital. Nearly 500 attendees filled the ballroom at the Rhode Island Convention Center on September 27 to hear speakers, including National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Pat LaFontaine, and Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, MMS, medical director at Butler Hospital and the Interim Chair and a Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

'Tom and the Lion' was hosted by Butler Hospital in honor of the late Tom Cavanaugh, a Rhode Island native and hockey player in the NHL who developed a severe mental illness, and after battling the illness for several years took his own life in January 2011.

In addition to the supporters of Butler Hospital and the Cavanaugh family, sponsors for 'Tom and the Lion' truly enhanced the success of the fundraiser. Many thanks to the following for issuing their support for the event:


Cox Business Services

Amica Insurance


Washington Trust

Falvey Cargo Underwriting, LTD

Colby and Elaine Cameron

Blish & Cavanagh, LLP

Delta Dental of Rhode Island

Cavanagh Company

Edmund Mauro, Jr.

Northwestern Mutual

Anne & Mike Szostak

Diesel Films, Inc.

Duffy & Sweeney, LTD

Hinckley Allen & Snyder, LLP

The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation

Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.

Yoder + Tidwell


RI Convention Center

Edwards Wildman

Richard K. Ohnmacht, MD, LTD

Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB

For more information about the event visit Butler.org/TomandtheLion.

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