BSRCC To Hold Virtual Gala

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass — Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) will hold the Together Apart Social Distanced Gala.
The nonprofit will hold a virtual gala via zoom Thursday, Oct. 29, and will ask participants to support the center with donations.
"Adults and children throughout our community rely on Berkshire South as a safe and welcoming place where they can thrive – connect with others, participate in our programs, care for their mental and physical health, perhaps enjoy a free weekly hot meal," Jenise Lucey, executive director of BSRCC said. "To finance the important work here, the Center depends heavily on the funds raised at this annual Gala. This year the funding is even more important."
Attendees will learn about the community center and what it has done to help residents over the years. Attendees will also hear how the center has adapted during the pandemic
"We operate on a very tight cash flow at the best of times," Ethel Patterson, BSRCC Board Chair, said. "Even with significantly reduced staffing, it’s very challenging, day to day, when our earned revenue is down by 43 percent from this point last year."
Participants can win door prizes and those who purchase tickets will receive a meal prepared by Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green. The meal will be delivered to those who live in the area.
Participants may also choose to purchase Nourish Another ticket for someone in need within the community. Tickets also include The Gala Box of Party Essentials, compiled by The Shop by Only in My Dreams Events. 
The Nourish Another idea springs from the BSRCC program Nourishing Neighbors, the free supplemental meal program which began at the height of the COVID-19 quarantine last spring and served over 10,000 free meals.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Gala, visit To join the free Zoom event, visit
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