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Michael Bushy

The inaugural BCC 40 Under 40 event honored an impressive group of young individuals in the Berkshire community who are making a positive impact. Included in this group was Hillcrest’s art teacher, Michael Bushy.

Aside from serving on Pittsfield’s Cultural Development Board, Berkshire Art Association as VP, and the Berkshire Museum’s New Roots Committee, Michael brings his teaching out of the classroom with printmaking/bookbinding workshops through IS183, the Clark, Miss Hall’s School, and demonstrations at the Berkshire Museum. He also offers development workshops to the Pittsfield Public Schools and at 3rd Thursdays, where he guides children, teens and adults in creating art. Kudos to Michael for donating his art and his time to our community and advocating for the importance of the arts in the lives of our youth.

A Successful Robert “Bees” Prendergast Reception

2016 St. PatsWith incredible support from the Berkshire community, Hillcrest raised $60,000 from the annual St. Patrick’s gala held on March 18th at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Over 240 businesses and individuals supported the event through their attendance, sponsorships, and donated auction items.

President of the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, was presented with the “Irish Person of the Year” award. The Pittsfield UNICO was honored with the “Judge John A. Barry Award” for Community Service.

To highlight the event, attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from a 15 year old Hillcrest student, Mister Shaw, who shared his journey of losing his family in a fire and experienced numerous failed placements. His foster parent also shared an amazing story of resilience and how his son has overcome so many obstacles.

Coming from foster care himself, Senator Rosenberg is working on the Kids’ First initiative, and believes that Hillcrest is part of the continuum by helping kids to live the best lives they can. He shared a sentiment describing the feeling of helping children in their time of need, “if you lose but one child, it is as though you lost the whole word, but if you save one child it’s like you saved the whole world”.

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Hillcrest Goes Blue for Autism

AS LIUB

Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Administrative Offices on South Street, Hillcrest’s Housatonic Academy, and the City of Pittsfield’s Park Square illuminated with special blue lights on the evening of Friday, April 1 in support of Autism Speaks’ global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

The lights remained lit through the entire month of April in support of Autism Awareness. We thank Limelight Productions, Inc. for providing the lighting in Park Square.

This year we are excited to announce that Downtown Pittsfield Inc., College Internship Program, UCP of Berkshire County, and Community Resources for People with Autism partnered with us to host an Autism Resource Fair and Art Show during the First Friday Arts Walk at the Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. offices from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1 followed by the lighting ceremony in Park Square at 7:30 p.m.

Our Co-Sponsors for the event:

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Next year’s event promises to be even larger and draw more awareness to the cause.

Enjoy this video of the College Internship Program students showcasing their musical talents at the Autism Resource Fair!

Hillcrest Educational Centers Raises Over $60,000 from Annual St. Patrick’s Gala

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Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.                                                          
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest Educational Centers Raises Over $60,000 from Annual St. Patrick’s Gala

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 5, 2016 – Hillcrest Educational Centers raised about $60,000 from their annual St. Patrick’s gala held on March 18th at the Country Club of Pittsfield. The generous lead sponsor for the event was Greylock Federal Credit Union. Other major community sponsors included General Dynamics Mission Systems, Rowley Fuel Company and Berkshire Bank.

Over 240 businesses and individuals supported the event through their attendance, sponsorships and donated auction items. To highlight the event, attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from a 15 year old Hillcrest student who shared his journey of losing his family in a fire and being in and out of failed placements. His foster parent also told an amazing story of resilience and how his son has overcome so many obstacles.

President of the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, was selected for the “Irish Person of the Year” award and UNICO was honored with the “Judge John A. Barry Award” for Community Service.

Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher, said of the event, “The challenge of meeting the incredible treatment needs of the children we serve is a continuous process. We feel honored that the individuals and businesses in this community understand this need and have consistently supported Hillcrest. This event was one of our most successful to date and we thank each and every person for their help in recreating the future of the children we serve”.

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About Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.:

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a local, private not-for-profit parent company of three subsidiaries and one affiliate agency. They include:

  • Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the Northeast. Their campuses include a day student academy, and autism program, and three residential schools.
  • Hillcrest Community Support Services offers a broad range of psychological services, counseling and evaluations for individuals, families and schools in Berkshire County through Hillcrest Community Support Services.
  • Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. is a complete general family dentistry practice and the largest provider in Western Massachusetts of oral healthcare services to MassHealth recipients and special needs patients. Hillcrest Dental Care has two locations; one in Pittsfield, MA and one in North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc., an affiliate of Hillcrest, is a fully accredited Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their non-offending family members located at 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org or by contacting Katrina Cardillo, kcardillo@hillcrestec.org or (413) 499-7924 x114. Hillcrest can also be found on Facebook.

 Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org

 

Hillcrest Educational Centers and the City of Pittsfield’s Park Square to Participate in Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    

Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Inc.                                                          
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest Educational Centers and the City of Pittsfield’s Park Square to Participate in Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue Campaign

Buildings and Landmarks will Light Up Blue as Part of a Global Initiative to Raise Awareness of Autism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Mar. 25, 2016 – Hillcrest Educational Centers’ Administrative Offices on South Street, Hillcrest’s Housatonic Academy, and the City of Pittsfield’s Park Square will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Friday, April 1 in support of Autism Speaks global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

The lights will remain lit through the entire month of April in support of Autism Awareness. We thank Limelight Productions, Inc. for providing the lighting in Park Square.

Hillcrest Educational Centers is home to a residential Autism Program as well as a Therapeutic Day Program, Housatonic Academy, who also caters to a variety of populations, including students with Autism.

This year we are excited to announce that Downtown Pittsfield Inc., College Internship Program, UCP of Berkshire County, and Community Resources for People with Autism are partnering with us to host an Autism Resource Fair and Art Show during the First Friday Arts Walk at the Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. offices from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1 followed by a lighting ceremony in Park Square at 7:30 p.m.

Hillcrest and Park Square join a list of more than 10,000 iconic landmarks, businesses, communities and homes in 136 countries on all seven continents that will shine a bright light on autism. The Empire State Building in NYC, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and even the International Space Station have all joined Autism Speaks along with Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices and Park Square in support of the millions of families affected by autism.

Throughout the month of April, Pittsfield residents can support their neighbors and friends by participating in Light It Up Blue. Visit www.autismspeaks.org/LIUB for fun and creative ways to shine a bright light on Autism.

 

DATE:            Friday, April 1, 2016
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Illuminated Landmarks include:
City of Pittsfield
Park Square
Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

Additional Buildings include:
Hillcrest Educational Centers
788 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Hillcrest’s Housatonic Academy
1450 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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About Hillcrest Educational Foundation

A top area employer, Hillcrest Educational Foundation is a private not-for-profit agency, serving students from across the country. Hillcrest was started as an organization that provided residential programs for students with complex psychiatric, behavioral and/or developmental disorders, including autism, and a variety of high-risk behaviors. While the agency still provides these residential services, today Hillcrest also offers nonresidential day programs and services for emotionally/behaviorally disturbed students at their Housatonic Academy, general family dentistry at Hillcrest Dental Care and outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and adults through Hillcrest Community Support Services. Hillcrest’s Administrative Offices are located at 788 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. More information is available at www.hillcrestec.org.

About Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. fosters the on-going growth and vitality of downtown through vision, leadership and advocacy and to position downtown as the creative and business hub of the Berkshires for the benefit of all. Visit us at http://www.downtownpittsfield.com.

About Limelight Productions, Inc.

Limelight® has served the production and technical needs of the entertainment industry for well over 40 years. They have served national clients such as ABC News, HBO, Discover Channel, E Center, Sony Films, DreamWorks, Magic School Bus Tour and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Our client list also includes the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tanglewood, Berkshire Choral Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, among many other well-known organizations.

About College Internship Program

The College Internship Program (CIP), is a national postsecondary transition program for teens and young adults with autism and other learning differences, offering year-round and summer programs at six locations nationwide. For more information about CIP and their comprehensive services, visit www.cipworldwide.org.

About UCP of Berkshire County

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Berkshire County — an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Association — was established in 1961. UCP of Berkshire County offers support and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life — a life without limits.  The UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. 

About Community Resources for People with Autism

Community Resources for People with Autism provides support, information, educational advocacy and practical help for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families living in western Massachusetts.

We help families build on their strengths, work together to create a positive vision and reality for the future, and help children grow and be welcomed as fully included members of their community. For more information about Community Resources for People with Autism, please contact our Easthampton office at 413.529.2428, our Pittsfield office at 413.443.4780 x 19, or link to our website: http://www.theassociationinc.org.

 About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across

North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Media Contact:
Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.
Katrina Cardillo
Director of Communications
413-499-7924 ext. 114
kcardillo@hillcrestec.org

 

Berkshire County Kids’ Place Passport to Hope Gala

HopeThe Berkshire County Kids’ Place Passport to Hope Gala was held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza.   This well-attended event brought the community together for an enjoyable evening with international flare.

Honored that evening were Martin & Oliveira with the Community Leader Award for all they do to support Kids’ Place throughout the year for many years running. John Bissell, CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union, presented the award to John Martin.

BCKPThe 3rd Annual Founders Award was presented to Elaine and William Hale for their years of dedication to the organization with annual financial support and their contribution to “Lanie’s Place”, which is the space for our climbing wall and sensory garden. 

A big thank you to all of our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor for the evening, Perri and Michelle Petricca and the Petricca Family.

Contact Us:
Berkshire County Kids’ Place
Tel : (413) 499-2800
Email: lbaran@hillcrestec.org
Website: http://www.kidsplaceonline.org

15th Annual Robert “Bees” Prendergast Reception

St Pats 1This annual celebration has become one of our most popular events! Scheduled for March 18th, 2016 at the Country Club of Pittsfield from 6-9 p.m., this festive event draws dignitaries from across the state for a memorable evening that includes a treasure packed auction, live entertainment, and the presentation of the Judge John A. Barry and the Irish Person of the Year awards.

SRThis year we are honoring the President of the Massachusetts State Senate, Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg. Senator Rosenberg was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate on January 7, 2015. Since his first election, Senator Rosenberg has remained deeply committed to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts. We are proud that Senator Rosenberg has accepted this recognition and look forward to presenting him with this honor. 


 

 

 

Event Details:

This event is open to the public.

Tickets are $50 per person and includes registration, schedule of events and food.

If you haven’t received your invitation yet, they will be arriving shortly. 



If you would like to learn more or register online for this event, please go to: bit.ly/2016StPats



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