Watch a recording of the virtual event at this link.

2020 Honorees

Youth Leadership   

Raei Bridges/NAACP, Berkshire County Branch

Sara Rawson/Southern Berkshire Health Coalition

Alix Ziaja/ROOTS Northern Berkshire Teen Center


Unsung Hero 

Sabrina Allard/Railroad Street Youth Project

Joe Gunn/Barrington Stage Company

Mary Jo Ramos/Berkshire Immigrant Center



Melissa Myers/Berkshire Community College Alumni Association

Judith Nardacci/Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

David Russell/Barrington Stage Company


Rising Star   

Sharron Frazier-McClain/Barrington Stage Company

Jenney Maloy/Stockbridge Library Association

Caroline Wheeler/Sisters for Peace

Board Leadership  

Sue Doucette/Berkshire County Head Start Child Development Program Inc.

Ann Gallo/IS183 Art School

Arwen Lowbridge/WAM Theatre


Super Staffer           

Dale Abrams/Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Thasia Giles/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Aleta Moncecchi/Berkshire Community Action Council


Executive Leadership        

Edward Forfa/Berkshire Retirement Home, Inc.

Kathy Keeser/Louison House, Inc.

Maureen O’Connell Atwood/The Pediatric Development Center


Lifetime Achievement       

Wray Gunn, Sr./Clinton Church Restoration, Inc.



The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, presented the 3rd Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. The awards recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community. State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli served as emcee.


“The nonprofit sector employs a quarter of our workforce,” said  Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center. “It’s important to honor their commitment and accomplishments, especially in our community which has one of the highest number of nonprofits per capita in the Commonwealth.”


Nominations were solicited from across the Berkshires in eight categories: Executive Leadership, Board Leadership, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. A new category, the Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership Award, honors the memory of the Sheffield native who lost her life on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March of 2019. The 24-year-old was en route to Kenya for nonprofit work in global health development.  NPC board member and contemporary of Samya, Auric Enchill, was deeply affected by the tragedy and her commitment to nonprofit work and suggested naming the award in her honor.


22 honorees (three in each of 7 categories and one lifetime achievement) were selected by a committee of business and nonprofit leaders. The deadline for submissions was April 15, 2020.


The NPC is grateful to the sponsors for this celebratory event. Major support came from The Berkshire Eagle with additional support from Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Feigenbaum Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lee Bank, The Triplex Cinema and Warrior Trading. Our NEW Breakfast Club Sponsors include: Lamme and Linscott, October Mountain Financial Advisors, Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, The Berkshire Edge and WSBS.

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors