2013 Winter Ball marks fifth-year milestone in Sherman Center
On Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, members of the Central Massachusetts community gathered in the Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School in Worcester to raise funds in support of the lifesaving mission of the academic medical center formed by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.
The centerpiece of this annual fundraising event is the Fund-A-Need auction. At the 2013 event, the beneficiary was the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) Clinic, which provides access to comprehensive clinical services for children with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Proceeds from the auction will go toward matching funds for a $500,000 donation from an anonymous family.
CANDO was established to address the rising prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, which now touches one in 50 children. It offers evaluation and treatment services for children with complex needs who are otherwise unable to obtain stabilizing treatment or have long waits to receive services from other centers outside the region. Care and services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care.
Fund-a-Need: Offering New Hope to Children with Autism
2013 Winter Ball Steering Committee
R. Norman Peters, Esq., Chair
Kristen and Jeremy Ahern
Jodi and David Brunelle
Shannon Creedon and John W. S. Creedon Jr.
Judy and Steve DiOrio
Maritza and Rich Domaleski
Paula and Eric Dunphy
Lee and Steven G. Joseph
Elizabeth and David S. Klein
Heather and Justin A. Maykel, MD
Nadine A. and Gary A. Premo
Kimberly Malloy-Salmon and Matthew Salmon
Dorothy and Michael P. Tsotsis
Karyn and Mark W. Wagner
Paul T. Zekos