The Kent Center News Archives 2008

The Kent Center November 6, 2008
Kent Center Campaign Reaches Million Dollar Milestone with Gifts from National Grid and Hasbro
“The Kent Center has reached an important milestone in its Capital Campaign by surpassing the million dollar mark,” announced Todd Seaback, Chair of the Campaign’s Leadership Committee, at a meeting of the committee on November 6th. “I am very proud of committee members and all that they have helped us to achieve.”

The Kent Center has undertaken a Capital Campaign to raise $1.6 million dollars for the purchase of its new flagship building, located on Post Road in Warwick. Two recent gifts have assisted The Kent Center in reaching the million dollar milestone and in moving closer to its ultimate goal. National Grid has pledged $10,000 to the Campaign, and The Hasbro Children’s Fund has made a grant of $12,500. Maintaining 100% Campaign participation by the Center’s Board of Directors since new members were sworn in last year has also helped to progress the Campaign. “The generosity demonstrated by National Grid, The Hasbro Children’s Fund and our Board is greatly appreciate by all of us who care deeply about the work of the Center and the future of behavioral healthcare services in our community,” stated David Lauterbach, Kent Center President and CEO.

The Kent Center 4th Annual Awards Breakfast
The Kent Center’s 4th Annual Awards Breakfast was held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Kent Center was proud to honor Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, the RI National Guard, Barbara Morse Silva, and Michael Ryan. Each has contributed to improving the quality of life for people who struggle with behavioral health challenges and have demonstrated great commitment to our Rhode Island Community.

Dr. Ann Jennings, a nationally recognized consultant on the issue of trauma, was this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Jennings spoke about the health, mental health, and social repercussions of untreated childhood trauma. She drew upon her own professional and personal experiences, and presented the findings of a groundbreaking American research project.

Michael Ryan, President, RI Distribution, National Grid; Lt. Ross Maher, RI National Guard; Jean Gavigan, Chair, Kent Center Board of Directors; Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Coons, RI National Guard; David Lauterbach, President, The Kent Center; Major General Robert T. Bray, RI National Guard; Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts; Barbara Morse Silva, Health Check Reporter; NBC 10 WJAR

Jean Gavigan, Chair, Kent Center Board of Directors and David Lauterbach, President/CEO, The Kent Center present the Media Champion Award to Barbara Morse Silva, Health Check Reporter, NBC 10 WJAR.

Jean Gavigan and David Lauterbach, President/CEO, The Kent Center present the Community Partner Award to the Rhode Island National Guard, represented by  Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Coons and Major General Robert T. Bray.

Jean Gavigan  presents the Eleanor Briggs Award to Michael Ryan, President, RI Distribution, National Grid

Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts receives the Outstanding Leadership Award.

Dr. Ann Jennings, Keynote Speaker

Dominion Diagnostics

The Kent Center thanks our event sponsors:

Sovereign Bank

USI New England

Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, Inc.

Coastway Credit Union

Beacon Health Strategies/Neighborhead Health Plan

Abbott Properties
Daniel R. Barry & Associates
Gerry Charbonneau, AFLAC Representative
Coventry Credit Union

The Kent Center Braver PC and Their Clients Golf for The Kent Center
Braver PC invited its clients, including The Kent Center, for an exciting day of golf on September 8th at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Braver ran raffles and contests throughout the golf outing, all proceeds from which were donated to the Center. All together, Braver and its clients raised $5,000 for the programs and services of The Kent Center.

Jim Wilkinson, Managing Partner, Braver PC; David Lauterbach, President/CEO, The Kent Center; Jean Gavigan, Chair, Kent Center Board of Directors; Susan Chiariello, Vice Chair, Kent Center Board of Directors; and Patrick Riley, President/CEO, Braver PC.

Kent Center volunteers Scott Seaback, President, RI Temps; John Smith, Vice President, Citizens Bank; Todd Seaback, Vice President, RI Temps, and Chad Bjorklund, Gencorp Insurance.

“We are truly appreciative to Braver and its many clients for their support, and for inviting our staff and volunteers to participate in this wonderful event, and on such a beautiful late summer day!” stated The Kent Center’s President David Lauterbach.

Founded in 1949, Braver PC is a mid-sized professional services firm with approximately 200 people in five officesin Rhode Island and Massachusetts to advise and support client needs. Clients include companies in a diverse range of industries, not-for-profit entities and high net worth individuals.  Accounting, tax, auditing, management consulting, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, trust and estate planning and business succession planning are some of the main services that the firm provides.Learn more at:

The Kent Center September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
In honor of Recovery Month, The Kent Center has joined with the RI Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals and a coalition of Rhode Island’s substance abuse treatment providers to sponsor:

The Voices of Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery
Saturday, September 20th
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
(prior to WaterFire)
Canal and Steeple Streets in Providence

There will be food, information tables, music, dynamic speakers, children’s activities, a recovery quilt, (sponsored by The Kent Center!), and a vigil remembering those who have died from addiction. All are welcome to attend!!

The Kent Center PRESS RELEASE: April 11, 2008
Kent Center Welcomes Mayor Avedisian to Its New Home: Staff, Board & Campaign Committee Members Thank Him for Generous CDBG Support

(Warwick, RI)On April 10th, Mayor Scott Avedisian toured The Kent Center’s new flagship building, located on Post Road in the Greenwood section of Warwick, and received a warm welcome from Kent Center staff, Board Members, and Capital Campaign Committee members at a reception following the tour.Mayor Avedisian was thanked for his steadfast support of The Kent Center. Most recently The Kent Center was awarded two Community Development Block Grants through the City of Warwick. A $15,900 grant was awarded to the Center’s Victims of Trauma program. These funds, which the Center has received through CDBG for several years, provide mental health and/or substance abuse counseling and case management service for Warwick residents who have experienced traumaas adult survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence and other traumatic events.The Kent Center also received CDBG funding for the second year for its Capital Campaign, which is underway to support the purchase of the Center’s new building. The Campaign has received a total of $150,000 in CDBG funds.Kent Center President & CEO David Lauterbach praised the Mayor for his leadership and the role he has played in supporting Warwick’s non-profit organizations. “We are truly fortunate in Warwick to have a Mayor who values the work of the non-profit community and the impact our work has in the lives of thousands of our neighbors in need.”

David Lauterbach, President & CEO, The Kent Center and Mayor Avedisian.

Dr. Tamra Ringeling, Psychologist, Outpatient Services, The Kent Center and Mayor Avedisian.  Dr. Ringeling works with clients who are trauma survivors.

Mary Zaroogian, Clinician, Youth & Family Services, The Kent Center and Mayor Avedisian.