Brookline, Massachusetts

Fun and Philanthropy High Stepping in Brookline

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, eight Brookline notables danced their toes off for local charities.  In a fun filled event, Brookline Rotary hosted the third Dancing with the Brookline Stars.  Each Brookline Star was paired with a professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Dedham while their support team was raising thousands of dollars for their designated charity.  About 450 friends and supporters then watched the performances while enjoying the catering of Vine Ripe Grill, owned by first year’s Dancing with the Brookline Stars winner, Lisa Wiesel.  Over $260, 000 was raised for the designated charities.
The winner this year for Best Fundraiser was local police officer, Phil Harrington and his team from Kids Clothes Club.  The Judges Choice award for Dance Performance went to Dawn Oates and her partner Bob Burres who performed an emotion charged “pas de deux” between a dancer on feet and a dancer seated in a wheelchair.  This year’s Stars and their charities included:
Nancy Daley                                       Brookline Senior Center
John Dempsey                                   Brookline-Quezalquaque Sister City Project
Lisa Goldblatt Grace                         My Life My Choice
Philip Harrington                               Kids Clothes Club
Casey Hatchett                                  Jennifer Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence
Arnie Miller                                        American Legion/VFW Brookline Post
Dawn Oates                                        The Play Brigade
Tommy Vitolo                                     LivableStreets Alliance