"I'm very excited to announce that I'll be one of six dancers Dancing with the Norwood Stars fundraising for The Circle of Hope Foundation. The Circle of Hope is a non-profit established in 1998 in memory of Norwood resident Michelle Kennedy who lost her battle with leukemia at age 21. The Circle of Hope is an effort to offer financial aid to the people of Norwood who are stricken with catastrophic illness. From handicapped ramps, to heating bills, to hospital copays. Circle of Hope has quietly and anonymously helped hundreds of Norwood's own. As of June of 2022 The Circle of Hope has raised over 1 million dollars in financial aid for Norwood residence in peril."
Fabulously fun fundraisers are in the planning stages!
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I was born in Norwood Hospital, attended Winslow Elementary School and Junior High South. I graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School, Class of 1980, and went on to receive a BA from Berklee College of Music.
I live in Norwood today.
My passion for music, and cooking has continuously filled my life with art. I’ve been fortunate to teach music for a living, as well as, offer that to my colleagues and friends through my school, Band Gig School of Music & Performance, locations in Norwood and Dedham, MA. I authored the book “Beginning Guitar for Adults” in 1998, which continues to sell to this day. In 2003 I opened Custom Art Framing with my wife, Julie, a custom picture frame shop and art gallery on Central Street in Norwood Center.
With my joy for cooking, music, and the love of sharing, dinner parties morphed into “Nick’s Supper Club” a TV show where I entertain guests with an evening of friends, food and song. With over 20 episodes broadcasting locally on Norwood Community Media and through nickssupperclub.com. I created my own hot sauce and am completing my first cook book “Fat Nick, Skinny Nick” with my personal, tried and true recipes, along with their keto counter part.
In 2014 I was shockingly diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. Tragedies come in many forms and the importance of having a community surround you can be a lifeline for many. So, the Circle of Hope Foundation rings heavy in my heart. With the care and support of Dana Farber and my friends and family I remain cancer free today. I continue to write and record my music, teach music to others, cook for many, and remain grateful to be able to do it all.
I always secretly hoped of being invited to Dancing with the Norwood Stars.
So, this is truly a dream come true!
ABOUT THE NORWOOD CIRCLE OF HOPE
The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation was established in 1998 in memory of Michelle Kennedy a young Norwood resident who suffered with leukemia. During Michelle's battle, the entire Norwood community, many of whom did not know Michelle, joined together to support her in her time of need and it is in that spirit that the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation continues.
The Mission of the foundation is to provide assistance to Norwood residents who are in need due to a catastrophic medical occurrence. The foundation board members represent the entire community with individuals from the police and fire departments, town government, the school system, medical, social services and the business community.
The Norwood Circle of Hope is a non-profit organization. All of our board members are volunteers. Our funds come from corporate, private and public donations as well as fundraisers that we hold during the year.
Over the years, the Circle of Hope Foundation has assisted families with various expenses depending on their needs: rent, mortgage, utilities, food, medical bills and equipment, house ramps, prescriptions, gas cards and airline tickets to treatment centers.