Berkshire Nonprofit Awards May 22, 2018

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is pleased to announce the first Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast taking place on Tuesday, May 22 from 8am-10am at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

These awards recognize those individuals who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community.

Liana Toscanini, founder of the Nonprofit Center, believes many who work in the nonprofit sector go unrecognized for their accomplishments and commitment to their organizations and the community.

Nonprofits are a huge economic driver and contribute so much to the quality of our lives. Let’s celebrate the PEOPLE who do this important work.



Executive Leadership

Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant (Multicultural BRIDGE)

Kristine Hazzard (Berkshire United Way)

Carolyn Valli (Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity)

Board Leadership

Linda Conway (Berkshire Children & Families)

James Mahon (Berkshire Food Project)

Amy Rudnick (Flying Cloud Institute)

Super Staffer

Darlene Ellis (Berkshire Food Project)

Jesseca Williamson (Berkshire Museum)

June Wolfe (Construct Inc.)

Rising Star

Hye An “Harry” Park (Berkshire Museum)

Kathleen Toomey (Berkshire United Way)

Jay Weintraub and Mark Lefenfeld (Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires)


Amy Guachione (Berkshire Children & Families)

Gary Leveille (Great Barrington Historical Society)

Jean Ryan (Barrington Stage Company)

Unsung Hero

Kelly Akroman (Moments House)

Katie Clarke (Community Access to the Arts)

Maurice “Pops” Peterson

Lifetime Achievement

Francesca Cote (Brien Center)

Deborah Parkington (Elizabeth Freeman Center)

Carole Siegel

Winners will be announced at the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards Breakfast by Smitty Pignatelli on May 22, 2018.

We are grateful to local sponsors for making this event possible:

  • Gold Sponsor: The Berkshire Eagle
  • Silver Sponsor: Berkshire Bank
  • Bronze Sponsors: Adelson & Company PC, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Feigenbaum Foundation, Lee Bank, NBT Bank, October Mountain Financial Advisors, Triplex/Beacon Cinemas, United Personnel


Contact us at:

liana@npcberkshires.org or 413.441.9542

Berkshire Nonprofit Photo Credits:

  1. The kitchen crew preparing fresh vegetables for a meal at the Berkshire Food Project. Photo Credit: Kim McMann
  2. Amber Lara, RDH, a volunteer dental hygienist with a patient at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Health Center in Great Barrington. Photo Credit: Sarah Kenyon, Studio Route 7
  3. The Sandisfield Players presented “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” at the Sandisfield Arts Center’s holiday presentation in early December. The cast included ten adults and seven children. All volunteers! Directed by Ben Luxon, the play was "pure comedy, quirky, and hilarious." Photo Credit: Peter Baiamonte


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