Late Show Comedian to Emcee OSV's Gala, September 15

Old Sturbridge Village Gala Set for Sept. 15, 2012

Celebrity Emcee to be Comedian Eddie Brill of the Late Show with David Letterman

Theme: "It Takes a Village"

On the set of Late Night with David Letterman with comedian Eddie Brill are Old Sturbridge Village Gala Chairman Lisa Dalberth (right) of Sturbridge, and volunteer Suzanne Fantaroni (left) of Southbridge. Brill, a 12-year veteran of the Letterman show, will be the celebrity emcee and auctioneer at this year's Old Sturbridge Village Gala, which is set for September 15. For more information call 508-347-0210 or email

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (June 13, 2012): Volunteers planning the fifth annual Old Sturbridge Village Gala have set Saturday September 15, 2012 as the date for this year's event and have announced that comedian Eddie Brill of the Late Show with David Letterman will be the event's celebrity emcee and auctioneer. Led by this year's Gala Chairman Lisa Dalberth, of Sturbridge, organizers have chosen "It Takes a Village" as the evening's theme.

"OSV Gala volunteers have raised more than $400,000 for the museum since the event began in 2008," said Jim Donahue, president and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village. "That is a phenomenal accomplishment, and it is a key contributor to the Village's current stability and growth. For the past five years, we have been blessed to have Gala organizers who are not only dedicated, but tremendously results-oriented and effective as well."

Dalberth said the theme, "It Takes a Village" is especially appropriate, because the success of the event and the success of the museum depend on the support of so many people. "Being involved in the Gala is special because it fosters a sense of collaboration, community, and celebration among those who care about and want to support Old Sturbridge Village."

The participation of nationally-known comedian Eddie Brill in this year's Gala will take the event to a new level, noted both Donahue and Dalberth. Brill has worked on the Late Show with David Letterman for 12 years as the talent coordinator for the comedians who appear on the show and is currently the audience warm-up comedian. Brill is the creative director of the Great American Comedy Festival, which honors the late Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska, and he is also the consulting editor and humor consultant for Reader's Digest magazine.

Along with television producer Norman Lear, Brill created one of the first ever college comedy writing departments in the country at Boston's Emerson College and in 1976 he helped to found the Emerson Comedy Workshop, which continues to thrive today. Comedian Denis Leary, a Worcester native and Emerson alumnus who went on to star in the critically series Rescue Me, is one of the many comedic talents to emerge from the workshop Brill co-founded at Emerson.

More than 20 volunteers are working with Dalberth to plan this year's OSV Gala, including committee chairs Angela Cheng-Cimini and Reed Hillman of Sturbridge; and Ron Vairo and Suzanne Fantaroni of Southbridge. To volunteer, sponsor an ad, or to donate an auction item for this year's Gala, call 508-347-0210 or email


Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, visited by more than 20 million people since its founding in 1946. More than 65,000 school children visit the Village on field trips each year. For information about events and activities at the Village visit or call 800-733-1830

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