Celebrate the nonprofit sector on May 23rd beginning at 8am with breakfast and networking, followed by remarks from Guest Speaker Senator Paul Mark, a short performance by Kids4Harmony, and the awards presentation.  Tickets are $45 per person. Registration is Closed.


The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will present the 6th Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards in-person on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Berkshire Hills Country Club. The awards recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community.


The NPC is grateful to our sponsors for making this celebratory event possible. Learn more about how YOU can sponsor the 2023 awards event at this link >>


64 nominations were solicited from across the Berkshires in seven categories: Executive Leadership, Board Leadership, Rock Star, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Lifetime Achievement and Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership.


A panel of 21 judges from the business and nonprofit sectors chose the following 2023 Berkshire Nonprofit Awards honorees:

Board Leadership:

Susan Crofut/Sandisfield Arts Center


Executive Leadership:

Leigh Doherty/Literacy Network


Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership:

Florence Afanukoe/BRIDGE


Rock Star:

Tyeesha R. Keele-Kedroe/18 Degrees, Inc.


Unsung Hero:

Sheila Dargie/Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC)



Shirley Edgerton/ROPE (Rites of Passage & Empowerment)


Lifetime Achievement:*

Julianne Boyd/Barrington Stage Co.

Anne Nemetz-Carlson/Child Care of the Berkshires

Registration Closed

*In a highly unusual “tie” situation, there are two Lifetime honorees this year – two forces of nature who have been at it for more than 30 years, making huge impact in our community, starting from nothing and expanding to the huge and stable organizations they both retired from in the past year!  The Berkshires is lucky to have had these two tireless women leading the way in their respective sectors for over three decades.

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