The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, has announced the names of seven honorees to receive recognition at the fifth annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 24.

The awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the people who work in the nonprofit sector. A panel of 21 judges from the business and nonprofit sectors deliberated via Zoom to choose one honoree in each of seven categories from among 86 nominations.

The honorees follow: 

Board Leadership: Dr. Marie G. Rudden, Berkshire Community Diaper Project; Executive Leadership: Ananda Timpane, Railroad Street Youth Project; Lifetime Achievement: Gerard E. Burke, Hillcrest Educational Centers; Rock Star: Katie Clarke, Community Access to the Arts (CATA); Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership: Jade Schnauber, Lever Inc.; Unsung Hero: Courtney Kimball, Construct Inc.; and Volunteer: Charles Bonenti, Berkshire Immigrant Center.

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will co-host the 45-minute virtual event at 8:30 a.m. May 24, which will feature a presentation to the honorees, a message of inspiration from Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, entertainment by Music in Common, and a drawing for a $3,000 cash prize for one nonprofit in attendance.

The event is free and open to the public. To register to attend the online event, visit or call 413-441-9542.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or