Puerto Rican native Zorelly Cepeda Derieux watched Hurricane Maria devastate her home on the news from North Adams in September and inspired by her brother's actions, harnessed the power of the local arts and business community to help bring relief to the commonwealth.
And, of course, the biggest one of all: $470,000. That number represents the campaign goal, which is a 5.8 percent increase - or $26,000 - over last year's goal, campaign co-chairs Dianne Cutillo and Bernie Pinsonnault announced on Friday.
Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at Charlottesville, Va. She made six mugs, posted them for $100 each with the intent of donating 100 percent to the Southern Poverty Law Center. She sold out within a few hours. The success of that project led her to create something larger to benefit a local organization.
A seasoned actor, writer and producer, Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series "Mad About You," which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series "Married."
Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.
And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.
A new fundraiser for the Special Olympics is teeing off next month.
Market 32 and Baker's Golf have teamed up to put on a special glow ball night with the benefits going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will supply Special Olympic athletes from Berkshire County with equipment, uniforms, and transportation to the games.
For the record, Saturday’s race was won by Olivia’s cousin Jacob Leblanc, who covered the course in 17 minutes, 32 seconds, a 5:39 mile pace. The top woman in the field was 2016 Lenox High graduate and rising Williams College freshman Emily Tibbetts, who finished in 22:05.
Josh Sargent's world quickly changed last May when, at the age of 27, he was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer.
"The doctors were shocked because they don't look for that in a young person," his mother, Lisa Sargent, said. "There was genetic testing, we have been to Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] and he started chemo but it spread to his lungs and his bones very quickly. This was just in May."
The first Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place this Saturday to benefit the new Roots Teen Center.
The festival will run from 2 to 10. It was originally planned as an outdoors concert in the plaza at Western Gateway Heritage State Park but the prospect of inclement weather — thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend — has move it inside. The new venue is the Elks Lodge on Eagle Street.