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May 18, 2022
Nonprofit Center of Berkshires Names Nonprofit Award Winners
Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

March 18, 2022 — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, a nonprofit based in Great Barrington that fosters growth among charitable organizations through shared resources, affordable services, and collaborations, this week announced seven recipients of this year's Berkshire Nonprofit Awards.

The seven nonprofit employees and volunteers were recognized for their accomplishments and dedication in the nonprofit sector.

“The process of judging many excellent nominations was educational, inspiring, and extremely difficult,” said Liana Toscanini, executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. “Truly, each nominee deserves recognition and thanks for their dedication and humanity.”

The honorees, selected from 86 nominations by a panel of 21 judges, were as follows:

  • Board Leadership: Marie G. Rudden, MD, Berkshire Community Diaper Project, based in West Stockbridge, which provides funds and diapers for parents in need across Berkshire County.
  • Executive Leadership: Ananda Timpane, Railroad Street Youth Project, Great Barrington, which provides resources to young people to promote responsibility, self-worth and intergenerational communication.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Gerard E. Burke, Hillcrest Educational Centers, Pittsfield, which provides residential and nonresidential services day programs and services for emotionally/behaviorally disturbed students.
  • Rock Star: Katie Clarke, Community Access to the Arts (CATA), Great Barrington, which uses the arts to nurture the creativity of people with disabilities.
  • Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership: Jade Schnauber, Lever, North Adams, which works to advance entrepreneurship in the Berkshires.
  • Unsung Hero: Courtney Kimball, Construct, Inc., Great Barrington, which develops and manages affordable housing in the southern Berkshires.
  • Volunteer: Charles Bonenti, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Pittsfield, which helps new immigrants settle in the area by providing legal, education, and related resources.
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