Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of 19 honorees for the 2019 Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The honorees will be celebrated at a breakfast event on Tuesday, May 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.
"We are looking forward to shining a light on these incredibly dedicated individuals, their commitment to our community, and their high-impact accomplishments," said Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center. The NPC was founded in 2016 to help nonprofits connect, learn and grow.
Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 17 judges from the business and nonprofit sectors met to review and rank the nominations based on a set of established criteria. The honorees are:
Executive Leadership: William Conklin/Greenagers; Kristen van Ginhoven/WAM Theatre; and Rich Weisenflue/Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR).
Board Leadership: Mike Goodwin/Louison House; Diane Pearlman/Berkshire Pulse; and Julie Pellerin-Herrera/Pittsfield Education Foundation.
Super Staffer: Tracy M. Beany/Louison House; Lorena Bello Dus/Berkshire Immigrant Center; and Beth Frederick/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
Rising Star: Alisa Costa/Berkshire Bridges Working Cities; Shela Hidalgo/Berkshire Community College; and Daniela Hurtado/Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
Volunteer: Erica Cavanaugh/Sisters for Peace: REACH Program; Wendi Koch/Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.; and William Schaepe/Literacy Network of South Berkshire.
Unsung Hero: Cherri Caye Sanes/ExtraSpecialTeas, Inc.; Kathy Hynes/Got Spots Etc.; and Kayla Quick/The Brien Center.
Lifetime Achievement: Madeline Cantarella Culpo/Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will emcee the event, and WAM Theatre founder Kristen van Ginhoven will give the welcome speech. Tickets for the event are $45 per person. Register online.
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