Berkshire United Way Hires Director of Donor Engagement

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PITTSFIELD — Berkshire United Way welcomes Robby O'Sullivan to the staff as director of donor engagement.
 
O'Sullivan comes to BUW from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he served as director of major gifts for nearly ten years. In that role, he was responsible for working with a community of members and donors to support a $24 million annual budget. He worked closely with the Garden's top supporters through donor events, day trips, and an annual gala, and worked alongside a team to complete a $123 million campaign.
 
"I am thrilled to join the team at Berkshire United Way as we consider our role in improving childhood literacy, giving youth a path toward college or career plans, and creating economic opportunities for all across Berkshire County. The Berkshires have long been a special place to me, as a destination for cultural attractions and natural beauty, and I look forward to serving this extraordinary community," O'Sullivan said.
 
He has more than 20 years of experience working closely with donors. Previously, O'Sullivan served as the major gift officer at Columbia University School of Journalism, campaign associate director for WNYC Radio, manager of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations for the Population Council, development director for the National Dance Institute, development associate for the Americans for the Arts, and donor services coordinator for The Rotary Foundation. He also brings to this role grant writing experience, and leadership and training skills.
 
His educational background is in Spanish Language and Art History. Prior to receiving his degree from Indiana University, he spent a semester in Mexico City, Mexico and a year studying in Madrid, Spain.
 
Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, O'Sullivan sought out new opportunities for work, which led him to apply and accept this job offer. He and his family have relocated to Western Massachusetts and he is poised to help BUW turn philanthropy into action to support children, youth and individuals in the Berkshires.
 
"With our Annual Campaign underway, we are excited to have Robby join our team. His experience and enthusiasm will help us develop stewardship opportunities that will activate new donors and engage with longtime donors to retain and increase their support," Candace Winkler, BUW president and chief executive officer said.
 

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Pittsfield Fire Victim Flown to Mass General With Severe Burns

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is in critical condition after being rescued by firefighters from a burning second-floor apartment on Friday.
 
The victim was found suffering from severe burns in a room next to the kitchen where the fire started in Apartment 4 at 483 Peck's Road. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Action Ambulance and later flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  
 
The blaze in the six-unit structure was reported at about noontime. Brown smoke was reported coming from the eaves of the building and a hose was stretched to the second floor apartment to extinguish the kitchen fire. Crews from Engines 3 and 5 entered the building and found the victim. Personnel from Engine 1 did a primary search of the structure for any other individuals and to determine the extent of the fire. 
 
The fire damage was largely confined to single apartment but the occupant of the unit underneath on the first floor was displaced. Red Cross was contacted to assist the person. The rest of the building suffered degrees of smoke damage. 
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