2016 Annual Winter Ball

Wicked Good Cause to Host Third Annual Winter Ball on Saturday, March 12, 2016


The South Shore Nonprofit Hopes to Exceed the $80,000

Donated Last Year to Local Families in Need.



Duxbury, MA –Wicked Good Cause announced last week that the third annual Winter Ball will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Now in its third year, the South Shore-based charity is expanding this year’s Winter Ball honorees to three families. This not-to-be-missed evening will be filled with live music, dancing, delicious food, and swanky auction items as the organization celebrates an evening of giving benefiting families who are affected by unexpected illness, accident, or tragedy.


The event, which will be held at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston beginning at 7:00 p.m., will feature live music performed by Despite Dwight. Tickets for the event are available to the general public at $100 per person by visiting www.wickedgoodcause.org. Table sales and sponsorships are also available. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as previous year’s Winter Ball quickly sold-out.


lindsayThis year’s first Winter Ball honoree is Lindsay McGrath, a Duxbury resident and mother of three. A decade ago McGrath was diagnosed with Choroidal Melanoma.  It was treated and deemed inactive but she would have to receive annual liver ultrasounds to monitor for metastasis. Ten years later, after the birth of Lindsay’s third child, her annual liver ultrasound came back showing a lesion. A biopsy confirmed stage IV metastatic melanoma. After researching options, Lindsay and her family decided the best treatment route was radio embolization with a Philadelphia specialist who is one of the few doctors that treat this type of metastasis.  Lindsay began treatment in December 2015.



Superhero Connor

Seven-year-old, Connor Blaney, of Abington was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms’ Tumor on July 3, 2015. On July 4, he began chemotherapy.  Connor recently underwent a very complicated, but successful surgery and is entering his 19th week of chemotherapy, responding very well to the treatment. Wilms’ Tumor can occur at any age between infancy and age 15, but is most common in children age 5 or younger. Fortunately, with the right treatment, Wilms’ Tumor is highly treatable.  Connor is currently in second grade and is being tutored.  He plans to return to school once he completes the treatment.




Norwell Resident, eleven-year-old Nicole Schindler was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in March 2015 after repeatedly complaining about headaches. She was admitted to Children’s Hospital Boston on March 4 for a three week stay where she had surgery to remove and biopsy her tumor. Nicole was then referred to Massachusetts General Hospital for proton radiation and chemotherapy treatments that lasted for an additional six weeks. She is currently on an aggressive chemotherapy treatment and is hospitalized for several weeks out of the month. Nicole missed 74 days of her 5th grade year, but with a tutor she was able to graduate. She will continue to have a tutor into the next school year and hopes to be able to go back after her treatment ends.


Sponsors and support

The 2016 Winter Ball is generously sponsored and supported by the following sponsors: Comcast Spotlight, Turner Construction, McGee Toyota, GutterPro, E.J. Ponitif, EMD Serono, Stifel, Longford & Company, 1803 Winsor House, and Portside Real Estate.

About Wicked Good Cause

Wicked Good Cause is a community based organization whose mission is to provide philanthropic support to local South Shore Massachusetts families that have been affected by unforeseen illness, accident, or tragedy. Since its founding in 2013, Wicked Good Cause has donated $200,000 to South Shore families in need.  The organization started after a few moms and friends were moved by a series of heartbreaking local stories that were brought to their attention via social media and the news. Founding member Kristen Frazier jumped into action by organizing a collection of gift cards, funds, meals, and support for various families in need of charity or awareness brought to their cause. Kristen’s generosity and spirit was infectious and inspiring which led to the question “what can we do as a community?” Before long, an enthusiastic group of women got together to put their volunteer efforts to good use leading to the launch of Wicked Good Cause. Each year a person or family in need will be carefully selected by the board to be the annual recipient of the contributions raised by the organization.

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