WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wild Oats donated $3,900 to BFAIR through its Round Up for Change Program. These monies will directly support individuals with disabilities.
"We are humbled by the generosity that we received during the Round Up for Change program by the Wild Oats Co-Op and community members," Tara Jacobsen, BFAIR's fundraising and grant manager, said. "This support will help BFAIR to meet the unique needs of the people we support such as health and wellness, personal safety, technology tools to support more independent lifestyles and accessibility improvements."
Berkshire Family and Individual Resources was selected as the August charity of choice for the Wild Oats Market Round Up for Change Program.
During the month of August, customers visited Wild Oats Market at 320 Main St. and rounded up the total amount of their purchases to the next whole dollar at checkout. One hundred percent of the money collected went directly to supporting the individuals served and programs and services provided by BFAIR.
Since June 2020, this program has generated more than $40,000 for local nonprofits.
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North Adams Awarded $200K for Mohawk Marquee Restoration
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is receiving $200,000 in state funding toward the refurbishment of the landmark Mohawk Theater marquee.
North Adams was awarded $200,000 from the Regional Economic Development Organization program, which is administered through the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Some $2.1 million in the competitive grants were announced on Wednesday for 38 projects across the state, including more than $600,000 in the Berkshires.
The status of the 1938 theater has been the center of numerous discussion on downtown development and not a few biennial mayor contests. The marquee was last restored two decades ago and, while it's had some maintenance since, its neon lighting is worse for wear.
A proposal to sell the theater two years ago prompted the City Council to insist on conditions that the marquee would be not be removed by the buyer. Requests for proposals on the building have contained language requiring the marquee be restored as part of any deal.