While the calendar will soon say September, for a few hours next month it will feel like March 17. The first Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Bash will be held at Lake Pearl Luciano’s to support the Massachusetts Chapter of The Cure Stars Now. The fundraising event, to benefit efforts to find a cure for brain stem tumor (DIPG), will provide a complimentary beer and wine happy hour from 7-8 p.m., followed by an Irish-themed buffet dinner and dessert. There will be live music by the local group, Band MLC, and an Irish step dance presentation, along with an impressive silent auction.
The driving forces behind the event are John and Lisa Mackintosh whose 9-year-old daughter Nicole died from DIPG in 2011. DIPG is also the same cancer that affects Danny Nickerson, the young boy from Foxboro who received hundreds of thousands of birthday cards. “Because there is little industry investment in childhood cancers,” explains John Mackintosh, “Most do not garner the media attention that Danny has. Many children have died from DIPG in our area. The disease typically strikes children in the 5-10 year age group. It's the worst disease I've encountered. There has been VERY little investment in understanding the disease so the news to parents at diagnosis is the same today as it was 30 or 40 years ago. No cure. No known cause. This is simply unacceptable and this is why we are committed to funding research that will make a difference for children in the future.”
All proceeds benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation to fund vital pediatric cancer research in honor of Nicole. It is in her memory that her parents continue to raise money to help other children who face a similar battle. “With over $2 million in research already funded through The Cure Starts Now, we hope this event will allow us to take one more step towards the cure,” Mackintosh says.
To register for the event visit the Halfway to St. Paddy's Day web page. Registration will close on Sept. 8th and there will be no tickets at the door.
- Patriots Tickets
- Red Sox Tickets in the State Street Pavilion (including a Fenway parking pass and Sox caps) for the Fenway “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” night.
- Limo night on the town
- Ski lift tickets
- Golf passes
- Spa items and designer jewelry
- Fine art
- Family portraits by professional photographers
- Catered meal for 6 in your home.
- “Steak & Clay” BBQ and sport shooting event passes
- Gift cards to local restaurants
- Autographed sports memorabilia by Dustin Pedroia, Joe Andruzzi, and Jordyn Wieber