'Dancing with the Stars' Cast Dances for a Cure in Boston
Dancing with the Stars dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts teach attendees the cha-cha in the Westin Copley ballroom. (Photo by Bryanna Cappadona)
This weekend, AdMeTech Foundation hosted an evening of dining, dancing, black ties, and donations for a good cause. The Dance for a Cure fundraising event took place on Saturday at The Westin in Copley Place, with professional dancers from ABC's Dancing with the Stars in attendance.
Mark Ballas, Emmy-nominated professional ballroom dancer and cast member of Dancing with the Stars, began the program by getting all of the attendees off their feet for a lesson. When most women in their gowns looked around modestly, as if just being in the presence of the lively and handsome dancer was enough, Ballas threw his hands up.
“This is Boston! I thought we're supposed to be rowdy here!” he said. Ballas then invited fellow DWTS cast mates and dancers, Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts, to the floor to join him. They taught the cha-cha to the crowd using a song that sounded recognizably like the Sex and the City theme.
Afterward, Faina Shtern, founder of AdMeTech, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to prostate cancer treatment, humbly approached the stage. She told the crowd it was a “bad idea to talk about prostate cancer after Mark Ballas's moves.” The audience laughed, while most women (including myself) were secretly swooning.
Other familiar faces were also in attendance. WCVB-TV's anchorwoman Susan Wornick played the master of ceremonies alongside Emmy-nominated choreographer and DWTS alum Nick Kosovich. The two played auctioneers as well, encouraging attendees to pay up for the good cause.
“One hundred percent of [funds raised] go to save lives!” Wornick reminded the crowd, and then followed with, “This is not the Newton Police calling if you catch my drift.” Oh, Susan.
Auction items included an all-inclusive three-day trip to see this year's Emmy awards, a trip to this summer's ESPY awards, a football signed by Tom Brady, and a brunch date with Nick Kosovich. By the end of the night, the event had raised between $80,000-$90,000 for prostate cancer treatment and research.
Other public figures associated with AdMeTech's Dance for a Cure Honorary Committee are Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance), Maria Menounos (Extra!), U.S. Senator John Kerry, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. To find out more about the AdMeTech Foundation and prostate cancer treatments, visit their website.