The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, held the 2nd Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 21, at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield. The awards recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community.
Nominations were submitted from across the Berkshires in seven categories: Executive Leadership, Board Leadership, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. 19 honorees (One Lifetime Achievement honoree and 3 in each of the remaining categories) were selected by a committee of business and nonprofit leaders.
The NPC thanks the sponsors for this celebratory event. For more information about sponsorship, click here. Major support came from The Berkshire Eagle and Berkshire Bank.
Madeline Cantarella Culpo/Albany Berkshire Ballet
Mike Goodwin/Louison House
Diane Pearlman/Berkshire Pulse
Julie Pellerin-Herrera/Pittsfield Education Foundation
Kristen van Ginhoven/WAM Theatre
Rich Weisenflue/Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR)
Alisa Costa/Berkshire Bridges Working Cities
Shela Hidalgo/Berkshire Community College
Daniela Hurtado/Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Tracy M. Beany/Louison House
Lorena Dus/Berkshire Immigrant Center
Beth Frederick/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
Cherri Cato Sanes/ExtraSpecialTeas, Inc.
Kathy Hynes/Got Spots Etc.
Kayla Quick/The Brien Center
Erica Cavanaugh/Sisters for Peace: REACH Program
Wendi Koch/Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.
William Schaepe/Literacy Network of South Berkshire
Many thanks to our hardworking panel of judges!
Front Row L to R: Hannah Van Sickle/Freelance Writer, Craig Smith/Fundraising and Development Consultant, The Rev. Timothy Weisman/Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, Mary Vasquez Slack/My Versatile Secretary, Jen Brown/United Personnel, Ilene Marcus/Berkshire United Way. Back Row L to R: Auric Enchill/Elegant Stitches, Julia Dixon/Creative Economy Consultant, Meggie Baker/Berkshire Eagle, Leah Thompson/BART Charter Public School, Akilah Edgerton/Miss Hall’s School, Wendy Healey/Lee Bank, Oskar Hallig/Only in My Dreams Events, Maeve O’Dea/Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, David Rice/Raymond James, Brian Handspicker/TedX North Adams & Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Not Pictured: Bill Johnson/October Mountain Financial Advisors
Dale Abrams/Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries
Richard Allen/French Park Fund
Erica Barreto/Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART) Charter Public School
Mary Campbell/Walking Our Talk
Cathy-Ann Chapman/New Direction Women’s Center
Claudia Coplan, MaryJo Ramos & Pamela Breslin/Berkshire Children & Families
Thasia Giles/Jacob’s Pillow Dance
Mel Greenberg/Berkshire Bounty
Amy Hall/Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
Marsha Karlson/Berkshire Children & Families
Jennifer Lefebvre/Berkshire Family & Individual Resources (BFAIR)
Paula McDermott/Berkshire Children & Families, Inc.
Colleen M. McGrath/Berkshire Humane Society
Elizabeth H. McGraw/Berkshire Museum
Mary Morrison/Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
Bruce Peeples/Boston Symphony Orchestra
Becca Phelps-Smith, LICSW/The Brien Center
Beverly Rainey/Ventfort Hall
Jane Ralph/Construct, Inc
Mimi Rosenblatt & Marsha Weiner/Berkshire Humane Society, Inc.
Jean Ryan/Barrington Stage Company
Bob Simons/Berkshire Food Project
Peter Socha/Boston Symphony Orchestra
Amelia (Lia) Spiliotes/Community Health Programs, Inc.
Barbara A. Syer/Great Barrington Historical Society
Karen Wallace/Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County
Caroline Wheeler/Sisters For Peace
Jane Winn/Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
Jessica Zerbato/Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Inc.
Nominee must work or volunteer for a registered Berkshire County 501(c)(3).
Nominees must show evidence of the strength of their work across a broad range of criteria including: strategic thinking, thoughtful execution, support of the culture, growth and strength of the organization, supportive of the population the nonprofit serves, commitment to the community, embodies the mission and vision of the organization. Nominations should provide evidence of significant achievements at his/her organization.
Click the category name below for a link to the corresponding nomination form. Deadline for submissions is March 31st.
A person can only be nominated in one category.