GREAT BARRINGTON — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, has announced the names of 19 honorees for the 2019 Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. The honorees will be celebrated at a breakfast event from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.
"We are looking forward to shining a light on these incredibly dedicated individuals, their commitment to our community, and their high-impact accomplishments," said Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center. The NPC was founded in 2016 to help nonprofits connect, learn and grow.
Nominations were solicited throughout February and March. A team of 17 judges from the business and nonprofit sectors reviewed and ranked the nominations, choosing the honorees at a meeting Tuesday, April 9, at Berkshire United Way. The honorees are:
Executive Leadership: William Conklin, Greenagers; Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre; Rich Weisenflue, Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR).
Board Leadership: Mike Goodwin, Louison House; Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Pulse; Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Pittsfield Education Foundation.
Super Staffer: Tracy M. Beany, Louison House; Lorena Bello Dus, Berkshire Immigrant Center; Beth Frederick, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
Rising Star: Alisa Costa, Berkshire Bridges Working Cities; Shela Hidalgo, Berkshire Community College; Daniela Hurtado, Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
Volunteer: Erica Cavanaugh, Sisters for Peace: REACH Program; Wendi Koch, Berkshire HorseWorks Inc.; William Schaepe, Literacy Network of South Berkshire.
Unsung Hero: Cherri Caye Sanes, ExtraSpecialTeas Inc.; Kathy Hynes, Got Spots Etc.; Kayla Quick, The Brien Center.
Lifetime Achievement: Madeline Cantarella Culpo, Albany Berkshire Ballet.
The Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast is sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Feigenbaum Foundation, Lee Bank, October Mountain Financial Advisors, & Triplex Cinemas.
State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will emcee the event, and WAM Theatre founder Kristen van Ginhoven will give the welcome speech.
Tickets for the event are $45 per person. Register online at npcberkshires.org or call 413-441-9542.