You know those great ties Brian Williams wears as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News”? He won’t have much of a choice this Saturday, when he attends a black-tie affair for Horizons at Dedham Country Day School.
The school is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a gala at the home of Helena and Steven D’Angelo of Westwood.
There will be dinner, dancing, a live auction and raffle, and music by a local group, Good Will and Them Apples. And of course, a chance to schmooze with Williams, whose wife, Jane Stoddard Williams, is chairwoman of Horizons’ national board of directors.
“We’re pretty excited about Brian coming,” said Meredith Laban, Horizons at Dedham Country Day School’s executive director.
The event, with tickets at $225 per person, seeks to raise at least $100,000 for the nonprofit program at Dedham Country Day, a six-week, tuition-free summer offering to students from Dedham and Boston, which includes transportation, meals, and supplies.
Horizons at the school, the only Massachusetts affiliate of the national program and the first to expand to prekindergarten, also runs a year-round tutoring component at Dedham Country Day. The tutoring program includes after-school and “Super Saturday” sessions, which are designed to help Horizons students keep pace and stay connected to the program during the regular school year.
The program “bridges the academic and opportunity gap” that economically challenged families face, Laban said. “We do a lot of reading and math, but also teach kids how to swim, and take field trips to places like Blue Hills Reservation, the Museum of Science, and boat trips on Boston Harbor.”
The program currently serves 90 students in prekindergarten through fourth grade, with plans to add a grade level annually, up to grade eight, she said. Williams and his wife have supported the nationwide Horizons program for 20 years, Laban said, adding that while she’s grateful for the news anchor’s time, she is “equally grateful to our hosts, donors, volunteers, and sponsors, many of whom are from Dedham and Dedham Country Day school communities.”
The program has been very popular, Laban said, with 98 percent of Horizons students coming back each summer.
“All my teachers come back every summer, they love it,” said Laban of the program that has a ratio of two teachers per 16 students. “And the kids love it — like getting the chance to learn to swim, going from being afraid of the water to being confident swimmers.”
For information and tickets, call Laban at 781-915-2626 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUSINESS BRIEFS: Braintree Cooperative Bank is using its in-bank
video screens to recruit adoptive homes for children in state foster care, thanks to the bank’s vice president, Joanne Tully.
Tully began showing the messages after she attended a Braintree Rotary Club meeting and heard a presentation by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange. The screens feature slides encouraging customers to contact the group for information.
“It is my hope that by helping to promote MARE at the bank, we can bring at least one family and child together,” Tully said.
The screens still tout the bank’s products and services, but also now have two slides from MARE with portraits of children in need of permanent homes and showing families who have recently adopted from foster care. Bank tellers also have adoption-information bookmarks to hand out to customers requesting them.
MARE executive director Lisa Funaro was one of the speakers at the Rotary meeting and said, “We try to reach people where they live, work, worship, and shop,” adding that with Braintree Cooperative’s assistance, “We’re now reaching folks where they bank, too.”
For more information on MARE, visit www.mareinc.org.
Betsy L. Moody was named medical director of Linden Ponds, a retirement community in Hingham. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and has served on the clinical faculties at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts medical schools, said Ian Brown, Linden Ponds executive director.
Eric Newcomb of Hanson was named employment recruiter for HarborOne Credit Union. Newcomb previously was human resource manager for DSW in Downtown Crossing in Boston.