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LitNet Celebrates 21 Years of Connecting Community

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsRachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge.
The Literacy Network of South Berkshire held its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, October 13, at the Berkshire Country Day School, celebrating the educational organization as well as a few notable members of the community. The Masiero Brothers, Matt and Chris of Guido’s and Paul of Baba Louie’s, who are the first generation sons of immigrants (and whose businesses in total employ more than 300 Berkshire County residents) sang the praises of LitNet. The organization, which celebrated its 21st year, is an essential touchstone in the community, connecting volunteer tutors to students with limited reading skills. Guests (including LitNet tutor coordinator Mary Spina, with Bill Dunleavy, and his wife Sue, above) enjoyed music and food as well as a presentation of the brothers’ lives and careers displaying photos of the early stages of their businesses, and their lives.

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William Perry with wife Marina; Longtime LitNet supporters Alan and wife Lorriane Strassler with event coordinator Adrienne Cosel.

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Dr. Alice Kandell and LitNet board member Cris Raymond; LitNet co-president Lois Lenett with Gene and Marilyn Hunter, of Pittsfield.

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Jane and Chris Whalen of Bella Flora with the evening’s honoree Chris Masiero with niece, Jessica.

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Jane Iredale, founder of Jane Iredale cosmetics, and Robert Montgomery ; Joe Nejaime with wife, Dana.

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Molly Boxer and Betsy Sherman; Author Loet Velmans with LitNet board member Laird White.

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Bobbie Nesis and husband Dr. Leon Nesis with LitNet Executive Director Laura Qualliotine; Tammy Masiero (wife of honoree, Matthew) with Annie Whalen of Bella Flora.

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The proud third generation; Nick, Molly, Luke and Jessica Masiero.

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