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The awards event kicks off a virtual two-day summit on nonprofit sustainability taking place May 19 and 20.

Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of 22 honorees receiving recognition at the third annual (virtual) Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 19.

A panel of 16 judges deliberated for 90 minutes via Zoom, ultimately choosing three honorees in each of seven categories as well as one honoree for the lifetime achievement award. The Berkshire Nonprofit Awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the people who work in the nonprofit sector. 

The honorees are:


Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership      

Raei Bridges, NAACP, Berkshire County Branch

Sara Rawson, Southern Berkshire Health Coalition

Alix Ziaja, ROOTS Northern Berkshire Teen Center


Unsung Hero

Sabrina Allard, Railroad Street Youth Project

Joe Gunn, Barrington Stage Company

Mary Jo Ramos, Berkshire Immigrant Center



Melissa Myers, Berkshire Community College Alumni

Judith Nardacci, Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

David Russell, Barrington Stage Company


Rising Star    

Sharron Frazier-McClain, Barrington Stage Company

Jenney Maloy, Stockbridge Library Association

Caroline Wheeler, Sisters for Peace


Board Leadership    

Sue Doucette, Berkshire County Head Start Child Development Program Inc.

Ann Gallo, IS183 Art School

Arwen Lowbridge, WAM Theatre


Super Staffer

Dale Abrams, Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries

Thasia Giles, Jacob's Pillow Dance

Aleta Moncecchi, Berkshire Community Action Council


Executive Leadership          

Edward Forfa, Berkshire Retirement Home, Inc.

Kathy Keeser, Louison House, Inc.

Maureen O'Connell Atwood, The Pediatric Development Center


Lifetime Achievement          

Wray Gunn Sr., Clinton Church Restoration


The awards event kicks off a virtual two-day summit on nonprofit sustainability taking place May 19 and 20. The summit features two keynote speakers, four workshops, and two panel discussions. Register online.

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Berkshire Theatre Group to Present 'Godspell' Outdoors

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will produce "Godspell" this summer – the first musical in the United States to be approved by Actors' Equity Association in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The show will be presented outdoors in an open-air tent adjacent to The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and is scheduled to run Aug. 6 through Sept. 4. Tickets will be available for purchase Tuesday, July 7, at noon. 

"We could not bear the thought of a Berkshire summer without live theater to support our community, so we jumped through every hoop to create a safe way to make this happen," said BTG Board of Trustees Co-President Lee Perlman. "I hope our production gives hope to the tens of thousands of theater professionals who are on the sidelines this summer. Theater is unstoppable and will be back”

Artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire said "Godspell" got the green light after BTG established a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of the audience, the performers and others involved in the show. 

"We have been working daily and in the true spirit of care and collaboration with Actors’ Equity Association for the past several weeks," she said. "Guided by Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association Mary McColl and her extraordinary team, I have learned much about how to lead a theater in the new world. Our industry, which has been devastated by this global pandemic, will be served by their seriousness, data driven wisdom, and profound understanding of the need for artists to rebuild. 

"I am so proud that Berkshire Theatre Group, in its 92nd season will be authorized and granted the responsibility to produce the musical 'Godspell.'”

After careful consideration with the local and state government, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Actors’ Equity Association, BTG relocated "Godspell" from its original site at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge to outside under a tent at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

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