Nonprofit Center honors Wray Gunn, head of church restoration effort

Wray Gunn, leader of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church restoration project in Great Barrington, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Wray Gunn Sr. shows no sign of slowing down.

Gunn, who turned 90 last month, chairs the ongoing restoration of the Clinton A.M.E Zion Church in Great Barrington, which closed to worship six years ago.

He currently serves on the board of the Olga Dunn Dance Company and is a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site Working Committee, Friends of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite, and the advisory council of the Upper Housatonic Valley African-American Heritage Trail.

The retired chemist and Sheffield resident has deep family roots in the Berkshires dating back to the American Revolution, and has served numerous other community and civic organizations along with several town boards in Sheffield.

Gunn's lengthy list of accomplishments has earned him the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nonprofit Center for the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle. The Great Barrington-based center serves as the clearing house for information for nonprofits and has become a vital resource for the community, according to the organization's website.

In all, the center on May 19 will recognize 22 people for their achievements in the nonprofit field at the third annual (virtual) Berkshire Nonprofit Awards.

Gunn says he's appreciative of the award and his ability to keep serving the community.

"Every day I get up and put my feet on the floor, I'm thankful I can keep doing what I do as long as I can," he said.