Friday February 8, 2013

The Berkshire County Republican Association holds it annual Lincoln Dinner on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, Benedict Road. The dinner will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Members and friends who have put forth many volunteer hours for many events will be honored.

Matthew Kinnaman of Lee will be awarded the Sacco/Doak Award for lifetime commitment and achievement. The award is named in honor of the men who founded the Association in the 1950s.

Local singer/songwriter Mary Verdi will sing her rendition of "America the Beautiful."

The keynote speaker will be JinHye Jo, a North Korean defector. She, along with her mother and sister, were accepted for asylum in the United States in March 2008. Jo recently formed a non-profit non-governmental organization called North Korean Refugees in the USA (NKUS) that seeks to provide a support network, information and help to North Korean refugees.

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