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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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Voices of Hope Gala Springs Eternal

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Pittsfield’s Berkshire Immigrant Center held its annual fundraiser this past Saturday, December 7, 2013. The “Voices of Hope” holiday gala, at the warm and welcoming Seven Hills Inn, was a sold-out event. The night began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a special seasonal meal prepared by Castle Street Cafe chef Michael Ballon, who donated his services for the occasion. In between courses, guests were treated to songs sung by Robin Gerson Wong and Deborah Grausman, with help from the night’s pianist, Gerson Wong’s brother Roy Gerson. BIC’s Executive Director, Hilary Greene, spoke of the ways in which the Center helps local immigrants and immigrant Isla Chevalier offered a moving firsthand account of how she left Africa in her 20s due to harsh laws against unwed mothers and later was able to bring her daughter to the United States with help from the Center and its lawyers. A live auction helped raise even more funds, as the Inn’s proprietors, Denis Wong and Robin Gerson Wong (pictured), graciously doubled every winning bid of the evening. Proceeds from the evening go to fund BIC’s comprehensive services for individuals from more than 80 countries to promote civic engagement, facilitate cultural integration, and assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

Ethan Klepetar, Lenox Chamber of Commerce Director Ralph Petillo, and Jayme Kurland; Director of the Berkshire Immigration Center, Hilary Greene, with sister Heather Greene.

Mary Spina and MA State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier; Janet Pumphrey, Albert Harper, Ethan Berg, and Jamie Berg.

Mary Jane Piazza, Isla Chevalier, Judy Culver, and John Culver.

Nancy Kalodner, Gene Dellea, and Barbara Alibozek; Alfred Enchill, Luc Chevalier, and Jean Bede.

Becca Hoodwin and Mary Carol Rudin; Van Shields and Peggy Rivers.

Attorney Scott Clark, restaurateur Jared Decoteau, attorney Joseph Best, and national civil surgeon Raeph Laughingwell.

Heather Greene and Cynthia Murphy; Robin Gerson Wong, Mark Johnson, Liz Thompson, and Maurice Peterson.

Robin Kravitz with Barbara and Fred Nuffer; Anthropologists and authors Pamela and Alan Sandstrom.

Ralph Petillo and Dalija Merritt; Sibyl Jacobsen, Frank Rosiny, and Margo and Bill Bowden.

Al Blake, Frank Farkas, Tommie Blake, Sheila Murray, and Louise Farkas.

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