Couty Fare: Golf tournament raises $42,000 for Berkshire Arc

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Berkshire County Arc raised $42,000 during its 22nd annual Golf Classic on May 26 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

More than 190 golfers on 48 teams participated in the tournament, which benefits individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the event, including corporate sponsors Health New England and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items.

To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately $683,500 and awarded more than $86,250 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in the human service field.

Berkshire County Arc's President and CEO Kenneth W. Singer offered praise for all involved, saying, that their "hard work and generosity make it possible for us to help the more than 650 individuals we serve and to award scholarships to our community's future human service professionals."

To see photos of the event, visit the Berkshire County Arc Facebook page.

Walk benefits NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County raised nearly $7,000 on May 19 during its 11th annual Minds Matter Walk for Mental Health Awareness.

More than 100 people participated in the event, which benefits individuals and families impacted by mental illness throughout Berkshire County. The event was held during Cultural Pittsfield's first Third Thursday celebration of the year, and attendees lined the streets in support of the walkers.

The event sponsors included: The Austen Riggs Center, Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Berkshire Health Systems; Berkshire Pathways, a program of Human Resources Unlimited; Clinical & Support Options, The Brien Center, Gould Farm, Greylock Federal Credit Union, ServiceNet, South Bay Mental Health and WBRK.

"We're so grateful to the sponsors, participants and volunteers who made our 11th Annual Minds Matter Walk for Mental Health Awareness a success," said NAMI Berkshire County Executive Director Brenda Carpenter.

For information about NAMI Berkshire County, visit namibc.org.

Women's chorus shines

The Berkshire Hills Chorus placed second among small choruses in the annual Region 1 competition of Sweet Adelines International, held on May 14 at Symphony Hall in Springfield. Region 1 includes New England, northern New York, and Quebec, Canada.

In addition to the group honor, Pat Feldman, one of the co-directors of the chorus, won the award for novice director. This award is a regional award, in the form of a perpetual trophy. It is presented to a director, at each competition, who has not previously directed any Sweet Adelines chorus in competition, and who achieves the best score (more than 400 points) of all novice directors in that competition. Feldman and Gail Wojtkowiak have been co-directing the Berkshire Hills Chorus since May 2014.

The Berkshire Hills Chorus is a 24-member women's group, comprised of women ages 19 to 70, which provides musical entertainment for communities throughout Berkshire County. The group sings a cappella in four-part harmony, barbershop style.

The repertoire of the chorus includes ballads, show tunes, up-tunes, holiday songs, pop songs, and patriotic songs. During performances, the group enjoys interacting with the audience by explaining the aspects of barbershop singing and then teaching a short barbershop melody to them.

Berkshire Hills Chorus has performed at the Red Lion Inn, Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Atheneum, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield's Downtown Third Thursday, the downtown North Adams Celebration, WGBY "Together in Song," the Pittsfield Suns games, the Stockbridge Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony as well as area assisted living and nursing facilities.

The chorus will be singing this summer at the West Stockbridge Historical Society and Tanglewood on Parade. In 2019, the chorus will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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