Help Us Help Berkshire Charitable Causes

Here is the help we need – and so many ways to have fun, give back and join a great group of people that care about our beloved Berkshires.

  • April 11, 2015: Kids’ Place 5K and 1 Mile Color Fun Run >>> Still Need 3 Volunteers, unlimited Participants!
  • May 20, 2015: Habitat for Humanity Build>>> Looking for Hammer Swingers and/or Donors
  • May 28, 2015: Battle of the Bartenders >>> Bartenders, Donors, Drinkers Needed. 😉  North, Central & South County Competing Events
  • June 19-20, 2015: Relay for Life >>> Join the team, walk an hour, sell a tiki or some luminaria, we’ll appreciate it all!
  • June 28, 2015: Summer Break FUNdraiser for Pittsfield Community Connection youth mentoring >>> $20 tickets for sale for wine tasting, fun party… What a great way to give!

Here is the REACT Flyer for Details, or read below for more information.  To sign up, fill out the flyer or email to share your interests!

April 11, 2015: Kids’ Place 5K and 1 Mile Color Fun Run

Whether you are a serious runner, or are a couch-potato hopeful, this event is for you! Beginning at 10:00 a.m. there will be a 5K run for the athletes amongst us and at 11:00 a.m. there will be a 1 Mile fun color run for the rest of us. During the fun run, be prepared to be squirted with non-harmful colored cornstarch to show your true colors at the end of the run. $20 registration for the 5K, $15 registration for the fun run. All proceeds raised are to benefit Kids’ Place, a county-wide child advocacy center located in Pittsfield. Register at:

There are several ways you can help, in addition to joining the American Dream Team and participating in the run, or the color-run. REACT will also be in the spray booth at PHS manning the cornstarch spray guns and helping with clean up. Sandy Carroll will chair.

☐ I’m rocking the runner bod and know it…I want to run with the serious athletes!

☐ My running days are past me now but I’d love to run/walk/skip in the color fun run.

☐ Whoa, running sounds like a dirty word to me but I can work a spray gun.

☐ Show me the way to a hose and broom – I’ll help to clean up.


May 20, 2015: Habitat for Humanity Build>>> Looking for Hammer Swingers or Donors

Berkshire County REALTORS® represent at a Habitat for Humanity Build Day on May 20th. Even if you’ve never picked up a hammer this is a fun and rewarding way to help out Habitat. We are also in the process of arranging a beginner’s guide to all things tools at Lowes at the end of April. Dates for that excursion (carpooling available – not required to participate in the build) will be announced soon. Habitat aligns so well with the REALTOR mission. Their founding convictions state: “Every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. Decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.”

While not required to participate, each volunteer is respectfully requested to raise $100 to cover costs of the project, coffee break and lunch and a t-shirt. Chaired by Rose Schnopp.

☐ Sign me up; I’m prepared to have fun while working hard to build a safe and durable home.

☐ I’m new to this ‘tool’ word… sign me up to help and let me know when the Lowes field trip is.

☐ I’m not ready to strap on a power tool, but I’ll make a monetary gift

☐ I’d like to participate in some off the jobsite volunteering (i.e., support Habitat office staff, volunteer as a Financial Tools Coach, volunteer at ReStore)

May 28, 2015: Battle of the Bartenders
Our inaugural Battle of the Bartenders was such a tremendous success last year that we’re taking it to three separate locations on the evening of May 28th so everyone in the County can enjoy. Come and cheer on your favorite bartending team(s) and help them raise tip money to be donated to three awesome charities. Rebecca Gold Cellana, Tiffany Roberts and Patrice Melluzzo, chairs.

Hops & Vines, Williamstown: 6:30 -10:00 p.m.                 To benefit the Louison House
Heritage Tavern, Lenox: 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.                       To benefit Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter
Location TBD, Great Barrington:                                          TBD

☐ I’d love to participate as a bartender at the ________________(location) event. Please contact me!

☐ I can help get some donations for raffle prizes.

☐ I / my office will contribute a raffle prize.

☐ Count me in to help (location) the night of the event

☐ Shoot, I can’t make it that night but I’d love to donate $ _______.

June 19-20, 2015: Relay for Life

The American Dream Team will have a presence on the track during the 20th annual Relay for Life. This event is a 24-hour relay with a team member on the track during the course event. Wendy Smith, is our team captain. She’ll be looking for people to join the team, raise funds, assist with set up, obtain donations, etc.

☐ I want to join the American Dream Team as a walker. Please have Wendy contact me with the details

☐ I’d like to support the team by making a donation.

☐ I can help the team in a volunteer capacity

June 28, 2015: Summer Break FUNdraiser for Pittsfield Community Connection youth mentoring

Wine tasting from around the world – sommeliers educating about the wines, silent auction, DJ with music and dining at Methuselah…sound like a great way to take a much needed break to visit with friends and colleagues? All that and to the benefit of Pittsfield Community Connection. Pittsfield Community Connection matches mentors with youth and community partners with parents to break the cycle of poverty. $20 per ticket, open to REALTORS®, Affiliates and their family and friends. Elle Villetto will chair this great event.

☐ I want tickets, sign me up for ____________(quantity)!

☐ I’d like to help put this all together, please have Elle contact me