On Friday night, the country club's dining room was transformed into an "Evening in the Enchanted Forest" with woodsy decorations and twinkling lights to raise funds for the agency and honor volunteers who have helped its mission. Guests were welcomed by gala co-chairs Tim and Ana Suffish and thanked by board Chairwoman Rosemarie Phelps.
The Berkshire County Kids Place is a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center that provides intervention, prevention and treatment services for victims of child abuse and family violence in Berkshire County.
Local law enforcement, prosecutors and members of the community will tee it up at Berkshire Hills Country Club to support the programs and services provided by Berkshire County Kids' Place, a children's advocacy center that provides services to approximately 400 child victims and their non-offending family each year at no cost.
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.
Collier most recently served as the executive director Berkshire County Kidsí Place & Violence Prevention Center in Pittsfield and before that was the Program Officer of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of the Berkshires.