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Seven Years In, Cop on Top Continues To Grow

It's been seven years since the first Cop on Top set in motion a series of fundraisers, growing every year, that has raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympic athlete. "We've made so much money in our county program that we help other programs in other counties," said Officer Darren Derby, who along with Investigator John Bassi, has been heading the local efforts for years.

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Police Officers to Raise Money for Special Olympics Massachusetts

Law enforcement officers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and other local and state police agencies, will be taking part in an event called "Cop on Top" a fundraiser for Special Olympics Massachusetts where local officers volunteer their free time during this holiday season and stand high atop the Pittsfield Wal-Mart until they reach their fundraising goal.

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'Poultry Plunge' Raises Money for Special Olympics

Forty hearty souls got a jump on "Giving Tuesday" by jumping into Onota Lake Saturday in order to give to a good cause. Law enforcement officers from throughout Berkshire County sponsored a "Poultry Plunge" to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts.

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Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Kicks Off 2016 Campaign

The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is kicking off its annual campaign drive to ensure no child in the region goes without a toy this Christmas. Last year, generous donors provided more than $12,000, ensuring more than 300 local children had a toy or book for Christmas. age, too!

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PopCares Annual Dinner Draws Hundreds to Bounti-Fare

Created in honor of the late William "Pop" St. Pierre by his family nearly four years ago, PopCares has disbursed some $175,000 to more than 400 people just like the Dabrowskis, helping them with the day-to-day items and acts of kindness so they can focus on getting better. Some 295 tickets alone were sold to Saturday's annual dinner, one of the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser.

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Adams Youth Center's Great Chair Auction Raises $8,000

The Adams Youth Center's Great Chair Auction fundraiser raised nearly $8,000 on Sunday. More than 50 painted and decorated chairs and other items were auctioned off at the Bounti-Fare on Sunday afternoon.

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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.

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Greylock After-Prom Auction Features 82 Items

If you did not catch last weekend's fund-raiser for the Mount Greylock After Prom program, you are in luck. There is plenty of time to get in on the action as more than 80 items are up for grabs in a charity auction to benefit the post-prom festivities.

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Empty Bowl Dinner to Raise Funds for Berkshire Food Project

For a $30 donation, guests can come to the First Congregational Church on Main Street and sample all these soups (including other interesting-sounding varieties like Tomato Cabbage and and Red Clam With Sausage), eaten in bowls created and donated by local potters bowls that the guests then get to take home with them "as a constant reminder" that not everyone in the community has enough to eat.

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Adams Conservation Commission Lifts Cease-Work Order on Coal & Grain Site

The Conservation Commission lifted the cease-work order on the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain property and determined the project is exempt from the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act. The commission revisited Thursday the town's improper demolition of two building at the site and determined that it would have deemed the demolition acceptable.

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Williams Lego Challenge 'Bridges' Math, MLK, Charity

Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center. The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate math professor Steven Miller. The course often includes a time challenge.

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6th Annual Cop On Top Returns To Pittsfield Walmart This Weekend

"It is the first time in six years we have two good days of weather." — Darren Derby.

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Two Fundraisers Planned For Local Girl's Walk to Cure Diabetes Team

Noelle's Belles is the team of Williamstown fourth-grader Noelle Dravis, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago at the age of 4.

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Bidding Opens For Adams' Great Chair Auction

"I can't wait to bid on a chair myself ... for the office." — Tony Mazzucco

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Dance, Auction Benefits Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Program

"This year, we weren't able to do our canoe trips because we didn't have the funding. I'm going to do everything possible to remedy that." — Becky Cushing

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