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

MCLA 250

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

From the community attendance at the
dinner 650