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March 31, 2014

Care Dimensions: New brand, new Regatta art
Swampscott Reporter

By Charlene Peters

On Thursday, March 27, a group in support of Care Dimensions, formerly known as Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, gathered at the seaside home of the Thompsons in Marblehead. Delectable hors d’oeuvres catered by Becky’s Gourmet in Marblehead were devoured wholeheartedly. Meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, filet sliders, shrimp cocktail, bacon-wrapped dates and more paired well with an assortment of red and white wines.

Once appetites and a desire for small talk were satiated, everyone gathered together for the unveiling of this year’s Regatta art to be auctioned during the June fundraiser, the Hospice Auction and Regatta to benefit Care Dimensions.

Essex-based artist T.M. Nicholas, who specializes in oils and watercolors, slipped the sheet off the easel to reveal his prized "Summertime in Gloucester" painting. The image captures the Beacon Marine Basin and comes alive with dockworkers approaching a vibrant green fishing boat up for repair. Nichols painted this plein-air masterpiece from the parking lot of the North Shore Artists Association.

"Nothing works every time," Nichols said.

"Summertime Gloucester’s" rich depth perception does work, however, and quite well, aesthetically speaking. Created exclusively for Care Dimensions by New England’s foremost painter of the Cape Ann School tradition, "Summertime Gloucester" is a color-and-texture-rich 24-inch-by- 30-inch oil painting on canvas. The original painting will be on display at Arnould Gallery and Framery in Marblehead in the weeks prior to the auction, and Arnould Gallery will also be selling two smaller canvas prints.

Hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead and led by co-chairs Louise Sharp and Meryl Thompson, this year’s events are scheduled to start Friday, June 13, with the Platinum Gala to pay tribute to past leadership and the generous donors whose contributions have made a significant impact on the community. The Platinum Gala will include a dinner and live auction led by award-winning auctioneer Paul Zekos. The live auction will feature an exciting array of impressive travel excursions, sports items and VIP experiences. The weekend of events continues on Sunday, June 15, with the Hospice Regatta, and ending with a Family Barbecue and award ceremony that evening.

As is the case with many in attendance, Hospice touched the artist when his aunt’s life neared its end.

"I’m happy to help," Nichols said of donating his work for the raffle, which celebrates 20 years this June. During the course of those 20 years, over $3.7 million have been raised, thanks to the donations for both silent and live auctions, as well as the efforts of a lively and comedic auctioneer, Zekos. During the unveiling event, the exuberant Zekos, who has worked with celebrities Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin, Jon Stewart and Rachel Ray, to name a handful, announced his role in the goal for the June auction: "We want them to grossly overpay for stuff and be happy about it."

Proceeds support the Care Dimensions’ mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate support for children and adults with advanced illness, death and loss. There are many ways for you to participate through event sponsorship of the Hospice Dinner and Auction, the Hospice Regatta and the Major Trip Raffle. Contact Susan Rogers at 978-750-9357 for more information.
Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.