Berkshire South Announces 2019 Gala Honoree

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center has named Bobbie Hallig as this year's Edwin A. Jaffe Award winner and gala honoree.

Hallig will be presented with the award on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Gala attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, dinner then a live auction benefiting Youth Programming.

The Edwin A. Jaffe Award, honors an individual or group exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to building community and common purpose within the Berkshires.


"Bobbie Hallig is a wonderful choice for this designation," said Jenise Lucey, executive director of BSRCC. "Her many years of service on Berkshire boards – the Children's Health Program (now CHP), Berkshire Theatre Group, The Nature Conservancy, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Rudolf Steiner School, the Mahaiwe Center for the Performing Arts, and Green Berkshires, among others – are highly commendable. We are honored to offer her this token of appreciation not just from Berkshire South, but from all the citizens across the county."

For 50 years, Hallig has served as an officer of the Christ Church of Mt. Washington. She is currently an active trustee with Edith Wharton's The Mount where she is co-chairing a campaign to secure an endowment for the organization. In 1966, she founded International Television Trading Corporation with her husband Klaus Hallig, who she met when she was an air hostess for TWA. The corporation produced the Leonard Bernstein birthday at Tanglewood and had an exclusive 21-year film contract with him, during which they won two Emmys for Bernstein shows for the Great Performances series.

Berkshire South is a nonprofit community based organization which has offered quality services and programs to the Southern Berkshires since opening the doors in July, 2002. Their mission is to create a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health & social well-being of the residents of the southern Berkshires. For more information or to purchase tickets to the gala, visit the website.

 


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Berkshire Workforce Board Hires Second Career Readiness Coordinator

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Responsible for overseeing employment and training services in the region, the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board recently hired a South County career readiness coordinator; a position that is funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Ruthann Eagen will be responsible for assisting the Berkshire Workforce Board youth director with coordinating strategies to further enhance career readiness systems and programming within the public school systems in Southern Berkshire County. She will also assist with the development of a South County College and Career Advisory Team and individual school district teams with the goal for every student to graduate with a completed college and career plan.  

As a youth, Eagen was a member of the Nassau County Law Enforcement Career Exploring Program through the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island, N.Y., and as an adult volunteered for the same program. She looks forward to bringing her career exploring experience to her new role.

Eagen was previously the senior district executive for the Appalachian Trail District of the Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America. She received her masters of science in human services and leadership in 2017 from Saint Joseph's College, Patchogue, N.Y., and her bachelor's of science in criminology in 2014 from State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury.  She also holds a business administration certificate from Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.

Eagen can be reached at 413-442-7177, ext. 144, or by email.

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