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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Petriccas as Community Leaders

When Perri Petricca and Michelle Thorpe were getting married, they decided the best way to celebrate their union was to provide support for the children served by Berkshire County Kids Place. "Children have always been the center of our lives," said Michelle Petricca on Friday night at Kids Place's annual gala where she and her husband were presented with its Community Leadership Award. They both come from large families and have four children together.

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Annual Fall Run Fundraiser Returns For 35th Year

The rumble of engines echoed through Adams on Sunday morning as more than 1,000 motorcycles queued up at Bowe Field for the 60-mile Fall Run motorcycle ride.

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids

From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying or just viewing. The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street, now being transformed into work/live space by owners William and Francie Anne Riley.

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St. Stans to Host Color Run Fundraiser

St. Stanislaus Kostka School will host a "My School Color Run" this weekend to raise funds for the parochial school. Principal Linda Reardon said the color run is not your standard race or really a race at all, but a chance for the community to get together for a 5k fun run in which participants will be blasted with color.

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Berkshire South Gala 'Celebrating a Hero' in Robin McGraw

Berkshire South Regional Community Center is recognizing Robin McGraw at its "Celebrating a Hero" gala on Aug. 18. Both McGraw and his wife, Elizabeth "Buzz" Hayes, continue to generously support many human service, health care, educational and medical research organizations and initiatives.

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Drury Class of 1973 Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Education

This past sunny Saturday, 10 teams were preparing to play at Stamford Valley Golf Course in the 8th annual Drury High School Alumni Golf Tournament. The annual tourney grew out of a class reunion nearly a decade ago that has since raised thousands of dollars to help the North Adams, Mass., high school. The event is sponsored by the Drury class of 1973, said Nancy Bullett, a founder and organizer, and includes alumni from 1965 to 1978.

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United Way Ends 'Day of Caring' With Dance Party

Hundreds of people shook it up on the dance floor at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday night. The dance party Friday night capped of the Berkshire United Way's Day of Caring during which dozens go businesses found ways to donated to the organization's childhood literacy efforts. Further, 50 book houses were installed all over the county as a mini lending library.

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Bridging The Gap Fundraising Event This Weekend

The Salvation Army will hold a Craft Fair and Silent Auction this Saturday to benefit the Bridging the Gap program. Program Director Carole Hilderbrand said because of funding cuts, the Salvation Army's after-school programs for North Adams and Pittsfield teens who have been involved in the court system or who have displayed at-risk behavior, is at risk itself.

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Gala Planned to Raise Funds For Springside Park Improvements

There are big, bold plans for the future of Springside Park and the nonprofit Springside Park Conservancy is looking to raise funds to start work. On July 1, the conservancy is hold a gala featuring music, food, and cash bar as the first fundraiser for improvements to the park. The event is $30 will all of the funds going toward improvements eyed in the newly adopted master plan.

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MAC Treasures Aims to Re-Open in North Adams

MAC Treasures is a donation-based tag sale that helps support the Minerva Arts Center, which provides performing arts opportunities to students in Northern Berkshire County.

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Annual Humane Race Set for Saturday

The annual Humane Race scheduled for this Saturday has been raising critical funds for the Berkshire Humane Society for 14 years. Hundreds of dogs (and owners) take off each year from Water Street for a fun run and walk and that ends at the finish line on Spring Street.