North Adams' Helme Named Woman of Achievement

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Helme last year receiving the PopCares Community Partner Award for her efforts on behalf of local nonprofits and other groups. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's director of tourism has been named the 2019-20 Woman of Achievement by the Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women's Club.
 
Suzy Helme began as the part-time events coordinator in 2015, later becoming the full-time director of tourism and community events. In her role, she organizes much of the city's annual events such as the Downtown Celebration and the concert series at Windsor Lake, as well as coordinating with organizations and institutions such as the Massachusetts  Museum of Contemporary Arts and local charities on affiliated activities within the city.
 
The club will make the award at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Bounti-Fare Restaurant
in Adams. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6.
 
Proceeds of the evening will benefit the Margaret E. Lanoue Scholarship awarded annually to a deserving non-traditional woman student. Ticket price is $35 and dinner choices are roasted sliced sirloin au jus; chicken Vermont; and breaded haddock with lemon butter.
 
For reservations, due by Sunday, Oct. 20, or for scholarship information, contact Pauline Davis at 413-663-7844 or pdavis209@gmail.com.
 
     
 
     
 

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By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

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