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Signature Chefs Auction, Worcester

DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017  |  Time: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Mechanics Hall
ADDRESS: 321 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
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Mike and Shannon Frick were high school sweethearts. They came from big families and planned to have a big family of their own. Their dreams came true when their first son, Owen, was born healthy and plump at over nine pounds. 

The next pregnancy, however, was more difficult than anticipated, but after three years of trying  they finally heard “YES.” They were ecstatic to learn Shannon was pregnant and with twins!

Shannon recalls that at her 17 week ultrasound excitement turned to concern. The babies were diagnosed with the rare Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a disease of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies. It causes one baby to have greater maternal blood flow than the other.

Shannon’s doctor calmly asked: “How far are you willing to go for your babies?”
To the ends of the Earth,” Shannon replied.

Within days they boarded an airplane and flew to the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver where America’s leading Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome team was ready and waiting for Shannon. After multiple surgeries and specialized treatments the Fricks flew home.

Thirteen weeks later, at 30 weeks of pregnancy, Shannon went into labor and the babies were born.

Edmund was born weighing a half of a pound. He never took a breath.

Liam was 2 ½ pounds. Shannon recalls Liam’s first sounds as the sweetest little cry she had ever heard. He spent over 10 weeks in the NICU, on a ventilator, fighting to live. After many weeks in the hospital, he was finally strong enough to go home.

Through this journey, Shannon and Mike found comfort and hope in the knowledge that many of the treatments Liam had were a result of the research funded by the March of Dimes.   

The Fricks are a family in Worcester County that have been impacted by all three issues that the March of Dimes works to prevent: Premature Birth, Birth Defects and Infant Mortality. They volunteer and tell their story so that others may be moved join them.

Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
 
To make a gift, please select the "fund  the mission" link above.  

2017 Honorees

Each year we honor local pillars of the community, people who have a deep dedication to improving the quality of life in Central Massachusetts and are shining examples of excellence and fortitude in our community. They partner with us to support our most vulnerable citizens, our babies.  

For 2017, we are proud to announce our honorees:

Worcester District Attorney Joe Early, Jr.   

Fidelity Bank Chief Executive Officer Ed Manzi 

This year we are delighted to recognize two outstanding leaders for their, and their respective organizations, commitment to Worcester. The District Attorney’s Office, with their focus on Opioid abuse reduction, positively impacts the March of Dimes involvement with babies born addicted to illegal substances, and Fidelity Bank, a local institution committed to philanthropy and civic mindedness, makes them a natural selection for this prestigious March of Dimes award. 



 

CULINARY EXCELLENCE

Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.

Tim
Russo

Lock 50

Renee
King

The Queen's Cups

Greg
Califano

Volturno

Richard
Romaine

Smokestack Urban BBQ

Marcos
Ferreira

Steve
Champagne

Mezcal, The Fix, The People's Kitchen

John
Piccolo

ICE CREAM
FROZEN YOGURT 

Kenny
Smith

Alan
Granberg, Jr.

Paul
Wilson

Alice
Lombardi

EVENT LEADERSHIP

Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.

Chair:
Sally Buffum

Members:
Doug Goodhile
Andrea Doucette
John Peculis
Keith Reardon
Greg Byrne
Meghann Kinnard
Neil Petersen 
John Budd
Stacy Plunkett  

BECOME A SPONSOR

Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Stephen Sycks  ssycks@marchofdimes.org

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR: