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Mahaiwe Tent

Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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LitNet Bridges The Learning Gap

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Perri Petricca is used to building bridges: figuratively in his community and at home, and literally at work where his company, Petricca Industries, is helping to build New York’s new Tappan Zee Bridge. The CEO has expanded the company his grandfather Basilio, an immigrant from Italy, began in 1936. Petricca Industries, located in Pittsfield, Mass., now employs over 500 local workers. At the Literacy Network of South Berkshires’ 2015 Gala on Saturday, Oct. 3, Petricca was honored with the organization’s “Founder of America Award.” The evening began on the grounds of the renovated Eastover Resort with cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction of local goods and services and exotic vacations. Guests moved indoors for a dinner catered by chef Peter Platt of New Marlborough’s Old Inn on the Green and the presentation of the award. A short film honoring Petricca and explaining the importance of the literacy and education tutoring done by LitNet volunteers featured some of the non-profit’s current students and left hardly a dry eye in the room. Basilio’s struggles and successes echoed the tales of current immigrants to the Berkshires and Petricca’s heartfelt words brought the organization’s mission full circle. The well-attended evening concluded with dessert, dancing and a roaring outdoor firepit. Above, Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing with guests of honor Perri and Michelle Petricca.

John Bissell and Melissa Bissell with Ann Deely; LitNet’s tutor coordinator Mary Spina with board member Eric Federer and Wendy Federer of Lenox.

Kathy Szpak and LitNet’s executive director Laura Qualliotine; Author Ty Allan Jackson, LitNet board president Lucy Prashker and board member Bill Dunlaevy.

The evening’s short film was created by Leo Mahoney, editor Evan Estern of Undermountain Films, producer John Whalan, Kate Gleason and Undermountain FIlms director Dawn Hathaway.

Arianna Walden, Adam Petricca, Nick Vlahopoulos and Josh Burgos; Norman Rockwell Museum director Laurie Norton Moffatt and Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount.

Chefs Lydia Victorin and George Richardson, who is also a LitNet student; Steve Peters and Patricia Peters with Richard Taylor, a board member emeritus.

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