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Dancing with Community Stars

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 27, 2009 12:21 PM

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Mayor David Cohen will perform his best foxtrot Saturday as the Newton Community Service Center hosts its fourth annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala – ‘‘Dancing with the Community Stars’’ – at the Westin Hotel in Waltham.

The fund-raiser supports NCSC’s community services, which focus on the social and emotional wellness of infants, children, teens and adults, and the diversity of the Newton community. Programs include early literacy, child-abuse prevention, early education and childcare, after-school programs, and volunteer services for older adults.

This year’s Gala honors Cohen, who is retiring as mayor; Father Walter Cuenin, head chaplain at Brandeis University and a renowned advocate for diversity and human rights; and Ruth Barnett, senior vice president of Cambridge Savings Bank and the president of Newton Pride.

Seats are still available for the gala, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. For ticket information, please call at 617-969-5906 x300 or email gala@ncscweb.org.

Serving as honorary co-chairs of the event will be Matt Siegal, host of the Matty in the Morning show on KISS 108 FM, and his wife, Maryann, a volunteer and supporter of the service center.

‘‘It is a critical piece to raise money in the community for people who are less fortunate,’’ said William Garr, president and chief executive of NCSC. ‘‘Since this whole recession has hit really hard ... people’s needs have increased.’’

The celebration will be formatted like the popular TV program Dancing with the Stars. The Siegels will host the program during which each of the Gala’s honorees will be partnered with a local dance professional and perform a dance which pays tribute to an NCSC program. Music will be provided by the 18-piece Roy Scott Big Band. The night will be rounded out by a silent and live auction.

The fourth annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala is supported in part by donations from: Cambridge Savings Bank, The Village Bank, Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

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