The Williamstown Community Chest has launched its annual fundraising campaign for 2012- 2013. Supporting local agencies in the Northern Berkshires for generations, they once again are seeking the generous support of local neighbors and business partners to help reach another successful campaign goal.
The Williamstown Community Chest theme of “Creating Community” has been an important driving factor during its 86-year existence. Never has this been more apparent than within the past year when the Community Chest stepped forward with additional funds for storm- related action for victims in our town and to the American Red Cross, Pittsfield, for on-scene disaster assistance. According to Michael Goodwin, president of the board, "The Community Chest is blessed to have an emergency fund that can be called on at times of crisis in the community.”
The co-chairs for this year’s campaign are Laurie Riley and James Mahon. The Community Chest is pleased to have the added support of Honorary Campaign Chairs, Williamstown residents Dr. Earl Wilkins and Dr. Jonathan Cluett.
Along with its annual Community “Fun Run” and the “Penny Social,” a cornerstone of Williamstown’s festive Holiday Walk, and the Day of Community Service project improving the Williamstown Community Preschool grounds, the Williamstown Community Chest is an active volunteer-driven effort. One of only a few such remaining organizations in the country, they believe in the importance of supporting the important work of the many non-profit agencies that serve our community.
This year’s fundraising goal is $250,000, with one hundred percent of funds raised directly serving the fifteen member agencies. Agencies the Community Chest supports are: American Red Cross-Berkshire County Chapter, Berkshire Children and Families, The Brien Center, Child Care of the Berkshires, Ecu-Health Care, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Equus Therapeutic, Family Life Support Center, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Northern Berkshire YMCA, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, Williamstown Community Preschool, Williamstown Youth Center, and the newest Community Chest agency, Berkshire Family And Individual Resources (BFAIR).
As in years past, any first time donor’s support will be matched through a special gift.
Fifth Annual Fun Run
Our 5th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, September 15th was a HUGE success attendance-wiseand weather-wise! It was held at the new Youth Center located on School Street behind the Williamstown Elementary School. At each Fun Run, the Community Chest honors a local person or organization that has made an important contribution to creating community in Williamstown. This year's honoree was Higher Ground, for all its hard work and reaching out to help the residents of The Spruces, a mobile home community which was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. Lots of fun was had by all...beautiful mugs hand made by Hilary Greene were given to the top 3 male and top 3 female 5K runners. The top three male finishers were: #1 Lance Harden (16:54), #2 Ed Gollin (19:36), and #3 Jim Preite (22:07). The top three female finishers were #1 Maria Potvin (22:52), #2 Carmel Kushi (23:23), and #3 Niku Darafshi (25:20). The top 9 one mile runners were: Cate, Camden, Amaya Smith, Elena Caplinger, Ainsley, Declan Rogers, Finn Carothers, Foster Savitsky, and Own. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE !!! Thank you to all the awesome volunteers from the Mount Greylock Regional High School cross county running teams...Hiram Greene and Larry Bell for coordinating and running the finish line, Hilary Greene for donating her time and talent in making the awesome prize mugs, and the many team members who served as route monitors and at the finish line. Let’s not forget to thank the sponsors for their monetary and in-kind donations: Berkshire Bank Berkshire Direct Colonial Pizza Countryside Landscape Custom Business Solutions Nature’s Closet SoCo Creamery Tunnel City Coffee Wild Oats Market If it weren't for all the volunteers, participants, and donors, this year's event would not have been such a great success! Thank you again to all and we look forward to next year's Fun Run being even bigger and better! [slideshow id=3]
The Williamstown Community Chest has launched its annual fundraising campaign for 2012- 2013. Supporting local agencies in the Northern Berkshires for generations, they once again are seeking … more
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Our 5th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, September 15th was a HUGE success attendance-wise and weather-wise! It was held at the new Youth Center located on School … more