So now that he's a healthy 10-year-old at Craneville Elementary School, it's only natural that he chose Boston Children's as the recipient of a fundraising project sparked by a unique classroom assignment from his fifth-grade teacher, Teresa Bills.
Sutton led an itinerant childhood under the thumb of his alcoholic, abusive biological father. After shuttling between Massachusetts and the state of Florida, he was barely able to make it to the 11th grade before quitting in the first week.
The path on Friday night was a yellow brick road to "A Night in the Emerald City," the theme for these year's fundraising gala for the nonprofit that was held at Country Club of Pittsfield. Phelps donned a purple witch's hat to welcome guests to the event that also included recognition of several individuals for their work for Kids' Place.
Gaylord is the Western Massachusetts Special Olympics representative along with John Bassi, an investigator with the Pittsfield Police Department. He was quick to spread the credit around to others and point out it takes the whole county to organize these events.
A move to somewhat reinvent the New England Collegiate Baseball League team last year is being modified based on fan feedback. Matt Torra, who came in as general manager last spring, has taken the lead in rebuilding the board of directors and reformulating the team's brand.
The Polar Plunge put on by the local branch of Law Enforcement Torch Run drew a crowd to Bousquet to jump into a pool of ice cold water in the rain. Organizers of the annual event had hoped to raise $15,000 but instead hit the $25,000 mark.
Seven school teachers were able to hone their craft over the summer in ways they previously wouldn't have been able to.
One took courses on how to better teach children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, another to bolster literacy, another to work deeper with curriculum, another learned to speak Spanish to communicate better. The seven teachers were all given grants to attend conferences or classes by the Pittsfield Education Foundation.
The ninth annual Cop on Top event raised $45,000 for the Special Olympics.
For two days local law enforcement officers camped out at the roof of Wal-mart while in the parking there were a number of raffles, sales, and giveaways to help raise money. The officers fell a bit should of their goal of $55,000 but nonetheless, are calling it a success.
Cop on Top will return to Walmart on Dec. 1.
In a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, law enforcement officers from throughout the county will be camp out on the roof Wal-mart. The officers will stay there until the goal of $55,000 is reached.
A Victorian tea party fundraiser to benefit the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee drew more than 60 people to support efforts to celebrate voting rights activist and native daughter Susan B. Anthony.
The gala brings in thousands of dollars for Kids Place each year. Friday's event, the "Diamonds and Ice 25th Anniversary Gala," drew hundreds of attendees and donations for a silent auction ranging from lunch with local officials to airfare and Cape Cod vacations.
Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.