Good Night Lights boat parade benefits The Tomorrow Fund
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Good Night Lights have been a Providence tradition to say good night to children receiving treatment at Hasbro hospital. Wednesday night, the light show was done a little bit differently — in the form of a boat parade.
The idea first started with Steve Brosnihan, resident cartoonist at Hasbro in 2015.
Brosnihan flashed the lights on his bicycle from a bus stop saying good night to a patient that was being discharged the next day as a sendoff.
“He found that it made them happy,” said Jack Place, a spectator and acquaintance of the Good Night Lights founder. “Because it made them happy, it made him happy. With a purpose.”
Yet, he quickly realized it could have a larger impact. Fast forward to tonight, spectators gathered at India Point Park to watch the light show in its unique form while sending a message of solidarity to those being treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Wednesday’s tribute held a special meaning — the boat parade through the Providence River doubling as a fundraiser for The Tomorrow Fund with a ten dollar donation per boat.
The “minute of magic” was also held in memory of Dave Rivard, a 42-year Lifespan employee.
“If I can brighten someone’s light in that building over there,” said Bill Kirchman, pointing to the hospital. “That would be great.”