PITTSFIELD -- A generous $5,000 donation from Soldier On has provided a big boost to the Eagle Santa Fund.
Soldier On, the organization that helps provide housing and food for homeless veterans in Pittsfield, hosted a dinner earlier this month at the Pittsfield Elks Lodge to raise money for the fund.
The fund seeks to help the children of needy families throughout Berkshire County for the holidays.
"The veterans and staff at Soldier On are very grateful that we can present this check of $5,000 to the Eagle Santa Fund on behalf of all of our community supporters," said John Downing, president and CEO of Soldier On. "This donation is a credit to the members of our staff and the community-based partners who worked so hard to make this a success."
Maggie Porter, a spokesperson for Soldier On, said that veterans helped organize the dinner and cooked the food. The organization invited members of the public and local businesses to the dinner.
The money was collected from businesses who donated ahead of time and from attendees who paid a fee for the dinner, Porter said.
The $5,000 gift helped bring the fund's total amount raised this winter to $27.707. The goal for the fund is $45,000.
Contributions can be listed in the donor's name, in memory of loved ones or anonymously. Donors and their contributions will be listed in the paper unless otherwise noted. Donations are tax-deductible.
Donations can be mailed to The Eagle Santa Fund, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield, MA 01202, or dropped off at The Berkshire Eagle office at 75 S. Church St. in Pittsfield.
Soldier On Pasta Supper Donations
Berkshire Bank Foundation $1,000
Berkshire Gas 400
Greylock Credit Union 300
General Dynamics 300
Berkshire Health Systems 250
Beth & Steve Como 200
Hillcrest Educational 200
Nuclea Biotechnology 200
Devanny Condron Funeral Home 100
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority 100
Mary Como 100
John Lawson 100
Carr Hardware 100
CT Brigham 100
Andrew Budz DDS 100
Mountain One 100
Adams Community Bank 100
John Quinto 100
Berkshire Housing 100
Leonard Gigliotti 100
Rep. Trisha Farley Bouvier 50
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