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UMass Winter Ball raises $1 million

From left: Eric Dunphy, Matt Salmon, Eric W. Dickson, Karyn Polito, Charlie Baker, and Michael F. Collins at the UMass Winter Ball.
From left: Eric Dunphy, Matt Salmon, Eric W. Dickson, Karyn Polito, Charlie Baker, and Michael F. Collins at the UMass Winter Ball.Maranto Studios Photography

The eighth annual Winter Ball, a black-tie fund-raising gala supporting the mission of the UMass Medical School and the UMass Memorial Medical Center, took place at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall Friday evening, hitting a major milestone by raising more than $1 million. Over the years, the fund-raiser has raised more than $6 million through ticket sales and silent and live auctions. A special UMass program or project is selected each year to be the beneficiary of proceeds raised during a special live auction at the gala; the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic was this year’s recipient. Among the guests were Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, UMass Memorial Health Care president and CEO Eric W. Dickson, UMass Medical School chancellor Michael F. Collins, UMass Memorial Medical Center president Patrick Muldoon, and Eric Dunphy of Vital EMS.