The Raymond James 2019 Monopoly Tournament, 8th Annual will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The event is hosted by the Berkshire County Kids’ Place and presented by Raymond James of Pittsfield, MA.
Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is March 21st. There will be no registration at the door.
Entry fee is $30.
The evening will include prizes, raffles, awards, hors d’oeuvres, snacks and cash bar.
The competition format is as follows: Everyone will play a preliminary 90 minute round. The top six finishers will play a 90 minute final round for the grand prize, which is a two-night stay at the Lakehouse Inn in Lee, MA and dinner for two at the Cork and Hearth.
The evening schedule is as follows:
5:30- 6:15 pm Check in
6:15- 7:45 pm 1st 90 minute round
7:45- 8:15 pm Snacks, hors d’oeuvres
8:15- 9:45 pm Final 90 minute Championship round.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Berkshire County Kids’ Place. Last year’s tournament raised $18,000.
Corporate sponsorships are welcome.
For more information call Danielle at (413) 652-4321 or email at email@example.com.
For more information about the Berkshire County Kids’ Place visit them on Facebook.
Organizers thank these generous sponsors:
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The Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 30 – 31, 2019 at Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA.
This event was formerly known as the Poultry Plunge and Super Plunge and was held in November.
The Super Plunge will begin on the 30th and the Polar Plunge will be held on the 31st. Super Plungers will jump into Onota Lake’s frigid waters once every hour for 24 consecutive hours. Polar Plungers will take the leap on the final hour on March 31st.
The event is sponsored by the Berkshire Law Enforcement Torch Run Program and Special Olympics, Massachusetts.
There is no entry fee for either the Poultry Plunge or the Super Plunge, but there are fundraising requirements for each.
Poultry Plungers must raise $75 for their one-time shot and Super Plungers must fundraise $1000 each.
Last year, the 10 Super Plungers raised $13,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
To register, go to polarplungema.org. There you can register and establish a fundraising presence to solicit donations from friends, coworkers, etc.
The event schedule is as follows:
Sat. March 30th
11:00 am Super Plunge begins (one plunge per hour)
Sun. March 31st
8:30-9:45 am Registration and final donations
9:45-9:55 am Safety Briefing
10:00 am Polar Plunge and final Super Plunge
11:00 am Coffee, light refreshments , fundraising and costume awards.
For more information call (508) 485-0986 ext. 256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. To learn more, visit specialolympicsma.org.
Walk With Me in the Berkshires, a program of Berkshire Health Systems, will celebrate its 17th year when it goes live at 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. That’s when registration opens for this innovative program.
The purpose of Walk With Me is to promote a healthier lifestyle by walking. Teams of 2 to 20 members will record and submit their movement totals over a six week period. Not only will they be able to see how far they have traveled, but they will also see how they compare to the other teams.
Registration is available only through iberkshires.com, and organizers expect all 2400 places to be filled within the first day!
There is no registration fee, each registrant will receive a free step counter and an online step recording program.
The program schedule is as follows:
10 am Registration begins at iberkshires.com
April 10 – 12
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Packet pickup at Berkshire Medical Center, Bishop Clapp Building, 3rd Floor.
Monday, April 15th to Sunday, April 21st
Baseline walking week
During the next five weeks walk and then submit your step totals.
Walking Week 2 – Monday, April 22nd to Sunday, April 28th
Walking Week 3 – Monday, April 29th to Sunday, May 5th
Walking Week 4 – Monday, May 6th to Sunday, May 12th
Walking Week 5 – Monday, May 13th to Sunday, May 19th
Walking Week 6 – Monday, May 20th to Sunday, May 26th
To find all of the details about the Walk With Me program visit berkshirehealthsystems.org/walkwithme.
It’s “Freezin for a Reason” Season.
As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen, so goes the old timers’ adage. We know that winter has a ways to go- it is still skiing, skating, basketball and now…cold water diving season.
Crazy folks throughout the world jump into frigid waters for all sorts of reasons- traditions, celebrations, rites of passage, supposed health benefits, but it is a particularly American trait to endure this kind of discomfort for charity.
But be careful what you call it. Both “Polar Plunge” and Polar Bear Plunge” have been trademarked by Special Olympics.
Three such events are coming up soon to a body of water near you in the sportingAcause Tri-state area.
The format is pretty much the same for all of them- entrants fundraise in the days and weeks before the event and bring a certain minimum amount to the event to qualify to plunge. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to participate.
On March 2nd, the Winsted Penguin Plunge, billed as the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut, will be held at the Highland Lake Boat Launch in Winsted.
Then on March 30th and 31st, the Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held on Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. Now this event takes winter discomfort to a whole new level. In addition to the conventional plunge on March 31st, especially masochistic enthusiasts, who have raised a minimum of $1,000, have earned the right to plunge once an hour starting on March 30th for 24 consecutive hours. Their 24th and final plunge coincides with the one-timers. Now that’s dedication! This event supports Special Olympics Massachusetts.
On April 7th, the Spring Splash will be held at The Grove on Lakeville Lake in Lakeville, CT. This event supports two popular local causes- the Jane Lloyd Fund and the John Rice Scholarship Fund. I must note that 50% of the entrants for Spring Splash are high school students from area public and private schools. Way to go Kids!
By the way, you don’t have to submerge yourself in frigid waters to participate- go to one or more of these events and watch the fun from high ground. Donations are always appreciated.
By the time the Spring Splash wraps up, who knows, maybe we’ll be golfin!
Til next time.
The free Jingle Bell 7th Annual Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The informal fun run/walk is hosted by the Berkshire Running Center.
The two-mile loop both begins and ends at the Berkshire Running Center.
Although the event is free, participants are asked to donate cash or toys to benefit the Eagle Santa Toy Fund.
There will be no timing or registration.
The event schedule is as follows:
9:00 am Run/walk begins
For more information call the Berkshire Running Center at (413) 344-4472.
The Eagle Santa Fund, which is sponsored by the Berkshire Eagle, strives to raise about $45,000 a year to provide deserving children in Berkshire County with Christmas gifts.
The Thankful 5K Run/Walk, 2nd Annual, will be held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at the Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The family-friendly race will consist of six loops. Timing will be provided by the Berkshire Running Center, but runners will be responsible for their own lap count.
Entry for the race is free but participants must pre-register online or get printout entry forms at berkshirerunningcenter.com. There will be no registration on race day.
For a donation of $25 or more, entrants will receive a technical shirt. All participants are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will go to the South Church Food Pantry.
Apple, pumpkin and cherry pies are for sale on a pre-order basis for $10 each.
The race day schedule is as follows:
7:00-7:45 am Race number pickup. Remember, no race day registration!
8:00 am Race/Walk begins
Go home and Happy Thanksgiving!
Proceeds from the donations will benefit Autism Connections. To learn more about Autism Connections visit autismconnectionsma.org.
For more information about the race visit berkshirerunningcenter.com, email email@example.com or call (413) 344-4472.
The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run 5K/Kid’s 1 Mile will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Paterson Field House of Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The 5K run is open to individuals and three-person teams.
To pre-register online, go to bershirerunningcenter.com. The entry fee for the 5K run is $25 for individuals who pre-register by Oct. 15th, $30 after Oct.15th
Three-person relay team entry is $25 per person, $30 after Oct. 16th.
Kid’s 1 mile run is free courtesy of TDBank North.
Youth shirts to first 50 1 mile registrants.
Long sleeved tech shirts to first 150 5K registrants.
Note : there is an additional $2 online fee for 5k entrants.
Timing by Berkshire Running Center.
The race schedule is as follows:
Fri. Oct. 19, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Packet pickup at Berkshire Running Center
Sat. Oct 20
8:30-9:30 am Race day registration and packet pickup
10:00 am 5K starts
10:45 am Kid’s 1 Mile Run
Awards and Harvest Fest food and activities after race.
Cash prizes go to top male and female overall winners and top three male and female winners in each age group will be recognized.
I Mile awards go to the top three boys and girls winners in each age group, 6 to 12.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the BCC Nursing Program.
To get more race information visit berkshirerunningcenter.com.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 8th Annual, Pittsfield will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Third Thursday, North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
This one mile walk is free to whoever cares to join in. Many however will solicit donations in advance of the event. For more information on how to set up an on-line funding page or access a paper form, visit elizabethfreemancenter.org/events/wam or call (413) 499-2425.
Event day schedule is as follows:
Noon On-line pre-registration ends
5:00 pm Registration and shoe decorating begins
6:00 pm Walk begins
Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center in their work to bring hope, help and healing for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County.
To learn more about their programs visit elizabethfreemancenter.org.
The Free To Run Trail Races will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Pittsfield State Forest, 1041 Cascade Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
The races, which are hosted by Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS), include a 50 Miler, a Marathon and a 1/2 Marathon.
The entry fees for the races are $90 for the 50 Miler, $75 for the Marathon and $65 for the 1/2 Marathon.
Go to ultrasignup.com to register. Registration closes at 11:59 pm on Sept. 13th.
Free T shirt if registered by Aug. 15th.
Race Day Schedule:
4:30 am 50 Miler check in
5:00 am 50 Miler begins
7:00 am Check in for full and half Marathons
9:00 am Full and Half Marathons begin
All finishers receive a finishers medal.
For more information visit freetoruntrailraces.com.
Proceeds from the races will benefit Free To Run whose mission is to” use adventure sports to support women and girls living in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotion and social well-being; developing them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines”.
To learn more visit freetorun.org.
The Woofstock Annual Fundraising Dog Walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at The Common on First St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank is the title sponsor.
This year’s Dog Walk has expanded to include a 5K Run and more formalized Canine Games. These events are part of a larger family-oriented Festival . The Dog Walk route is approximately one mile long.
Timing for the 5K is by Berkshire Running Center.
Besides the entry fee, participants are encouraged to fundraise. Register by visiting berkshirehumane.org/events/woofstock/woofstock-2018/ to find fundraising tools and downloadable forms.
Here are your Woofstock entry fee/fundraising options.
5K Race only: Pre-registration $25, Race Day $30, kids 12 and under $20. The first 150 runner/walker registrants receive a free Berkshire Humane Society hip pack. A $60 donation (entry fee counts) earns a Woofstock T shirt if registered by Aug 20th.
5K runners can also register to fundraise by joining the Fundraising Platform and earn bigger prizes with higher donation totals. Join as an individual or form a team.
For walkers, the event is free, but a $25 donation is suggested which earns a hip pack (first 150 total registrants). Register by Aug 20th to earn a Woofstock T shirt with a $60 total donation (entry fee counts). Join the Fundraising Platform to earn bigger prizes with larger donations. Join as an individual or form a team.
Register your dog for $10 and the pooch receives a bandanna.
The Walk day schedule is as follows:
8:00- 9:30 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am 5K Registration
9:00 – 10:45 am Dog Walk Registration
9:30 am Preliminary Canine Games (finals at noon)
10:00 am 5K Run begins
11:00 am Dog Walk begins
Noon Canine Games Finals- ribbons awarded
12:30 – 4:00 pm Festival begins including live music (two bands), games, expanded Craft Fair, Food Trucks, Beer Tent, Raffles and more.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Berkshire Humane and will be used to care for shelter animals.
For more information call (413) 447-7878 or email Elizabeth Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Berkshire Humane visit berkshirehumane.org.
Berkshire Humane thanks the following sponsors for their generosity:
The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank – Title Sponsor
Adams Community Bank
Adams Community Bank
Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance
West Oil Company