PITTSFIELD >> The 87th annual Eagle Santa Fund has wrapped up its 2015 campaign, short of it's goal yet still ensuring a joyous holiday season for hundreds of less fortunate children in the Pittsfield and Great Barrington area.
As of New Year's Day weekend, the holiday charity received a tad more than $36,300, nearly $8,700 away from the $45,000 mark.
Nevertheless, organizers said they are very appreciative of all who contributed to the Santa Fund, primarily supported by individual donations from throughout the county and a few from Southern Vermont.
In addition, a pair of very popular special events in December made significant contributions to the fundraiser: $1,456 from the Jingle Bell Run sponsored by the Berkshire Running Center and almost $8,000 from a pasta dinner benefit put on by Soldier On.
Organizers say 650 children in Central and South Berkshire benefited from the fund, established in 1929 at the dawn of the Great Depression.
Donations buy preschool toys for children 2 and younger, while parents of children 3 to 11 receive a gift certificate, redeemable at Walmart in Pittsfield toward the purchase of a gift for their youngsters.
Donors and their tax-deductible contributions are listed in the paper unless otherwise noted.
Members of Polish Falcons of America Nest 580 $200
Members of Berkshire Pathways 81.20
The Irish American Club of Berkshire County 75
Catherine & Dick Roberts 25
Joslyn & Meghan Roberts 20
In Memory of:
Fran Kirby 100
Today's total: $501.20
Total to date: $36,305.83
Needed to reach goal: $8,694.17