Buddy Walk to be Hosted by BCARC Group

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DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the fourth annual “Buddy Walk of the Berkshires” on Saturday, Oct. 2. The goal of the walk, which is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society, is to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to fundraise for those living in Berkshire County.

The event will begin with registration at Craneville Elementary School at 10 a.m. Registration will end at approximately 11, with the walk to follow. Walkers will walk to Pinegrove Park, where there will be food, music from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, and children’s activities. The keynote speakers will be State Rep. Denis E. Guyer, D-Dalton, and Berkshire County Arc Executive Director Ken Singer.

The event is being sponsored by: Donovan and O’Connor, LLP, Bardwell Bowlby and Karam Insurance Agency, Inc., Berkshire County Arc, Berkshire Icelandics, C.B. and Sons Roofing, Carr Hardware, Claim Services International, Classical Tents and Party Goods, Cord Master Engineering, Inc., Dalton Interact, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Haczela Construction, Co., John Williams, Kelly’s Package Store, Luau Hale Restaurant, Macony Pediatrics, Mark A. Pullano, D.M.D., P.C.,  Mary A. Cronin, Misty Moonlight Diner, Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., and The Deputies of Berkshire County, Superior Graphics, That’s A Wrap in Dalton, and United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County. It is expected that over 600 people will participate in the Buddy Walk.

The BCARC Down Syndrome Family Group currently supports 28 families living in Berkshire County who have a family member with Down syndrome. All proceeds from the Buddy Walk will help to provide services and support for children, adults and families of people with Down syndrome living in Berkshire County.

Registration for the walk is free for all who would like to participate. For additional information on registration, donations, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities contact Jessica Dennis at 413-499-4241, ext. 276, or go to  www.bcarc.org/dsfg.

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