10th Anniversary UMass Winter Ball Smashes $2 Million Mark

Pictured from left are Michael Gustafson, MD, president, UMass Memorial Medical Center; Michael V. O’Brien, Winter Ball co-chair and executive vice president at Winn Companies; Kate McEvoy, Winter Ball co-chair and vice president for Central and Western Massachusetts at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Eric W. Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor, UMass Medical School; and Terence Flotte, MD, provost and dean, UMass Medical School.

Since 2009, business and civic leaders, philanthropists and humanitarians have gathered in early December to attend the UMass Winter Ball. The black-tie gala benefits the lifesaving work of our Medical Center and its academic partner, UMass Medical School. This year, the gala crossed the $2 million threshold for the first time, and over the past 10 years, more than $9.4 million has been raised. “The Winter Ball has been a special reminder of the tremendous level of support our institutions enjoy here in Central Massachusetts and beyond, “ said President and CEO Eric W. Dickson, MD, a regular at the event each year. For more details read the press release and Worcester Business Journal.


Winter Ball Raises More Than $500,000 for the NICU


Pictured from left are: 2017 Winter Ball Co-chair and former Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, executive vice president of WinnCompanies; Eric Schultz, 2017 Winter Ball co-chair and president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito; Gov. Charlie Baker; Kate McEvoy-Zdonczyk, 2017 Winter Ball co-chair and vice president for Central and Western Massachusetts for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; UMass Memorial Health Care CEO and President, Eric Dickson, MD; Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins, MD; Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon; and Medical School Dean Terence Flotte, MD.

The UMass Winter Ball once again crossed the $1,000,000 barrier hauling in a record $1.4 million to support the mission of the academic medical center formed by UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School. During the Fund-a-Need portion of the live auction, more than $500,000 was raised to support the UMass Memorial NICU, the only Level 3 care unit of its kind in the region. The total includes half from anonymous donors who matched the amount of dollars raised through pledges. Read the press release and media coverage on MassLive.com and in the Worcester Business Journal.

Winter Ball and Fund-A-Need Raise More Than $1 Million

From left: Eric Dunphy and Matt Salmon, event committee co-chairs; Dr. Dickson; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; Governor Charlie Baker; and Chancellor Michael Collins

From left: Eric Dunphy and Matt Salmon, event committee co-chairs; Dr. Dickson; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; Governor Charlie Baker; and Chancellor Michael Collins

More than 400 members of the community turned out for the eighth annual Winter Ball that raised more than $1 million for the Medical Center and Medical School. Nearly $250,000 of the raised money will go toward the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic, the designated Fund-A-Need program at the event. It is the largest amount ever raised for the Fund-A-Need, and is being matched by an anonymous donor. Watch video to learn more CANDO. “What a phenomenal accomplishment and validation of the wonderful relationship between our academic medical center and the communities we serve,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO. The Winter Ball has raised nearly $6 million dollars since its inception. Read story.

Annual Ball Supports Transplant Patient Assistance Fund

winter ball 2015Community members turned out to celebrate and support our Medical Center and Medical School during the annual black tie Winter Ball gala December 4. The event raised $880,000, and more than $200,000 will directly benefit the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund (TPAF). TPAF, this year’s fund-a-need beneficiary, was created to provide short-term assistance to transplant recipients and donors who encounter financial hardships as a result of their illness or organ donation. More than 150 individuals have received assistance with utility payments, groceries, transportation and other expenses that can make it difficult to continue with essential pre- and post-operative care. Learn more about our transplant care.

Winter Ball Proceeds Support the ‘Miracle’ Care of Craniofacial Clinic

Brooke Putelis calls it “a miracle.” But her baby son’s picture-perfect smile is the result of the skilled care he received from the Craniofacial Clinic team from our Medical Center and Medical School experts after being born with a cleft palate. “They give quality of life to these kids that they would never have had otherwise – and he’s beautiful,” Putelis said. The Craniofacial Clinic was the featured Fund-A-Need recipient at the UMass Medicine 2014 Winter Ball that raised $175,000 to help families with expenses not covered by insurance during their children’s treatment for cleft palate and other birth defects of the head and face. Watch video, below, and read story.