Berkshire Museum takes in $190,000-plus for school programs

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PITTSFIELD — A July fundraiser celebrating the wonder of the cosmos took in more than $190,000 for the Berkshire Museum.

The museum reported Thursday that proceeds topped goals for the event and will allow it to expand its work with local schools.

The event's theme was linked to a summer exhibition by glass artist Josh Simpson titled "Galaxy Landscapes."

The fundraiser, called "GALAxy: Party in the Cosmos," was held July 27 and drew 300 participants to the South Street institution.

The museum has used a yearly event to support its school programs since 1957. Money raised by this year's gala will allow it to expand its program for school trips for the coming academic year, in part due to a sponsorship by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

In a statement, the museum said it will be able to expand the program to include visits by students from throughout Berkshire County.

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More than 15,500 students from preschool to high school will benefit from the effort, the museum said.

The gala included live and silent auctions and a dinner in the Crane Room. In all, 65 local businesses and donors contributed items for the auctions.

Simpson and his wife, former astronaut Cady Coleman, served as honorary chairs of the event.

The gala committee was led by Jen and Bill Hines and Jayme Kurland and Ethan Klepetar as co-chairs. Committee members were Courtney and Mike Addy; Carrie Barth and Adam Klepetar; Cathy Deely; Laurie and Joe Gallagher; Stacey Gillis Weber and Jeffrey Weber; Jenn Gomez and Mark Pedrotti; and Wendy and Peter Gordon.

Other members were Natalie Johnsonius Neubert and David Neubert; Rachel and Eric Mabee; Buzz and Robin McGraw; Heidi and Jim Nejaime; Bernadette Patynski and Stephen Bayne; Caitlin and Gary Pemble; Ashley Persip; Marianna Poutasse and Eric Korenman; Missy and Matt Scarafoni; Darcie Sosa; Colin and Jonah Sykes; Laurie and David Tierney; Christina and Mike Wynn; and Mary Ann and Louis Yarmosky.

The museum said the following entities and people were lead benefactors for the gala: The Donald C. McGraw Foundation; Black Rock Foundation; Buzz and Robin McGraw; Stacey Gillis Weber and Jeffrey A. Weber; Hill - Engineers, Architects, Planners; Joan and Jim Hunter; Berkshire Magazine; Blue Q; C.J. Bolster; Cathy Deely; Marita and David Glodt; Natalie Johnsonius Neubert and David Neubert; Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors; and Matthew and Melissa Scarafoni.


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