The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County will be the beneficiary of the 2012 Mayor's Ball, according to Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia.

The Mayor's Ball, which takes place annually to benefit a charity of the mayor's choosing, is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Continental Manor.

"The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County provides vital mental health services for children and their families who otherwise would not be able to obtain assistance," he said. "Donating the proceeds from the Mayor's Ball will confirm the generous nature of our city and all those who attend the ball in meeting a responsibility to care for the most vulnerable members of our community."

The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1956, which provides comprehensive mental health services to the most difficult and complex behaviorally challenged children, youth and families, who would have no other place to turn to for professional help. The center is designed to meet the needs of many families in the community who lack the resources and abilities to cope with the stress of family problems.

"The center is sincerely grateful to Mayor Moccia for his decision to support the needs of the Child Guidance Center," said Stuart Greenbaum, executive director of the Child Guidance Center. "Proceeds from the Mayor's Ball will help meet the growing concern for the mental health and well-being of children, particularly those without health insurance.

"Mental health problems prevent healthy development and interfere with success in school -- hindering education and learning and often affecting positive life choices. Mayor Moccia's generous decision will help us meet the needs of this deserving community."

Tickets are currently available by contacting City Clerk Erin Halsey at 203-854-7703 or via email at ehalsey@norwalkct.org.

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