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Berkshire Children and Families Holds Annual Meeting, Elects Board Members

Pittsfield, MA– On October 23, 2017, friends, supporters, community partners, staff, and board members attended Berkshire Children and Families Annual Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.  That evening, Berkshire Children and Families was pleased to elect five new members to their board of directors: retired educator and counselor Carole Siegel, community activist Shirley Edgerton, attorney Virginia Stanton Smith, retired President of the University of Baltimore and attorney Robert Bogomolny, and retired cardiologist William K. Levy, M.D.

The evening included testimonials from children and families who spoke of the impact of working with BCF.  Dr. Jason McCandless, Superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools, gave the keynote address sharing the importance of partnerships in solving the many issues facing our community.

The evening was themed on partnership and innovation.  Colleen Holmes, President and CEO, stated, “We are grateful for our many partners and generous donors, and excited about what next we will accomplish together.”

Holmes continued, “Innovation is very familiar to BCF…  Familiarity feels good, but it’s tricky; it can lull us right down the rabbit hole of taking things for granted. BCF will need to look beyond our 130 years of success and risk being on unfamiliar ground. That’s poetic justice given that we ask those we work with and serve to take a chance in order to reach their goals.”

Through the Lens Photo Exhibit

Berkshire Children and Families, Berkshire Museum, and Miss Hall’s School have teamed up to curate the exhibit Through the Lens: a story-based portrait series featuring youth in the Pittsfield community from Herberg and Reid Middle Schools and based on the Dear World Project.  Mikala L’Hote (a recent graduate from Miss Hall’s from Pittsfield and intern at the Berkshire Museum) and Gabriela Keator (also recent MHS graduate from Lenox and an intern at Berkshire Children and Families) worked with students at Herberg and Reid, asking them the question: “What do you want your message to the world to be?”  Students then were photographed, with their message painted on their arms.

The exhibit will be displayed at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave in Pittsfield with an opening reception on October 6, 5:00-8:00PM.  For more information contact: info@berkshirechildren.org