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|A wicked good idea|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:40|
“I was driving in the car one day and I realized I want- ed to start a non-profit organization. I think the idea came to me from something bigger because up until that point I thought a non-profit was a business that wasn’t making any money.”
Kristen Frazier, a photographer and mom who lives in Duxbury, was struck by inspiration about a year ago when she started seeing a slew of sad stories on Facebook about families who were suffering serious hardships such as children having cancer or family members suffering serious injuries from accidents.
While online one day, she came across a story about a woman from Carver who had breast cancer and who was about Frazier’s age. Frazier reached out to mutual friends to see what she could do to help the woman and her family. In just days, she had collected $1,200 in gift cards and delivered them to the family.
“IknewthatIhadtodo something other than just pray for her family,” Frazier said. “It’s obviously a good feeling to be able to help someone out when you know they must be feeling scared and out of control of their life.”
When Frazier heard about Calle Cronk, a five-year-old in Norwell who was battling a rare brain cancer, she worked to organize a road race to raise money to research Cronk’s specific type of brain cancer and created Duxbury Moms for Calle. More than 60 adults joined the group along with their children, who comprised a group of runners called Duxbury Kids for Calle. After participating in the road race, Frazier realized her true passion was helping others who were experiencing serious hardships and decided to form a non-profit organization.
Frazier did some initial research on non-profit organizations and held a focus group at the Kingsbury Club to generate ideas and a name for the organization. What resulted from the focus group was more than Frazier had expected.
“I reached out through Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in coming to a meeting with the idea of starting an organization and after the first meeting we had a name and a couple people who were passionate about making it happen,” she said. “Just like that, ‘Wicked Good Cause’ was born.”
The organization received 501c3 non-profit status and the board members started brainstorming fundraising and community outreach ideas. The organization aims to assist people living on the South Shore and throughout the commonwealth in times of dire need. One recipient is picked each year and benefits from the fundraising efforts at various events.
Their first event was the Launch Party, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Kingsbury Pub. The goal of the event was to generate funds and to raise money for operating costs for the organization and to start fundraising for the 2014 recipient. The next event will begin the big push for fundraising efforts for Delaney Madden, who is suffering from osteosarcoma, with the Winter Ball, a black tie gala at Indian Pond Country Club. The Madden family lives in Norwell and has ties to Duxbury, but Frazier said it’s not the Duxbury connection that made her want to help the family.
“We want to help people who are experiencing an unforeseen tragedy,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if they live in our town or not; what matters is that we are helping.”
The goal of the Winter Ball is to raise as much money for the family as possible and to donate it to their Go Fund Me page. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the family and if they can succeed at raising enough at the Ball, Wicked Good Cause will seek out another family to help for the rest of the year.
Looking forward, Frazier said she would like to hold a number of events throughout the year to help in the fund- raising efforts for recipients. In the summer she hopes to hold a beach party and in the fall she would like to hold a road race.
Frazier credits much of the success to her board members, who have stepped up to the plate in helping get the organization off the ground. Those board members are vice president Aly Sadelmann, secretary Julie Maternal treasurer Cheryl Lalond, director of marketing Michelle Kelly and web developer Pam Earle.
“It’s crazy how quickly this organization has gotten off the ground,” she said. “I feel so blessed to have an outlet to help people and so many people to support the organization.”