The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will present the 3rd Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield. The awards recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community. State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli will serve 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 are being 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.
20 honorees (three in each of 6 categories, one youth leadership and one lifetime achievement) will be selected by a committee of business and nonprofit leaders. The nomination forms are available on this page. The deadline for submissions is March 26.
The NPC is currently seeking sponsors for this celebratory event. To date, major support comes from The Berkshire Eagle with additional support from Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Feigenbaum Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lee Bank, and The Triplex Cinema. For more information about sponsorship, click here.
Click the title of the category below to access the corresponding nomination form. Deadline for submissions is March 26th.
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