Berkshire Athenaeum mini-golf event to support literacy

Friday February 24, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County came up with a plan to shake the winter blues: Turn the Berkshire Athenaeum into a mini-golf course.

Eighteen holes of mini-golf will be spread out across all levels of the athenaeum at Saturday’s event, which begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. The fundraiser also will include music in the auditorium, food and crafts projects.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Admission entitles you to one round of golf.

"The mini-golf event is great for families," said Ron Latham, president of the board of Literacy Volunteers and the event’s chief organizer. "We’re hoping to attract families as school vacation winds down, as well as groups from the various corporations who have generously underwritten the tournament."

The event is designed so everyone can have some fun and drive away those winter blahs.

"We’re hoping to encourage some friendly competition, either among individuals or our various corporate groups," said Latham.

A variety of businesses have come forward to sponsor almost every aspect of the tournament, Latham said, including chief sponsor Berkshire Gas, and General Systems Company, Berkshire Bank, and Greylock Federal Credit Union, which are sponsoring individual holes, as well as The Berkshire Eagle and Sign-a-Rama, which are providing in-kind sponsorships.

Proceeds will support Literacy Volunteers, which each year serves upward of 70 people who seek help learning to read or learn English. As Executive Director Karen Wallace said, having the ability to read is the key to getting along in society in every way.

The Berkshire Athenaeum is located at 1 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. For information, call (413) 499-9480, ext. 100.


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