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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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MountainOne Donates $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    

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

MountainOne Donates $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 26, 2016 – MountainOne Bank has donated $15,000 to Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. This generous donation will support the treatment of the students who attend Hillcrest Educational Centers’ residential, day and autism programs. MountainOne Bank is also the lead sponsor for Hillcrest’s 16th Annual Fall Golf Classic and corporate contributor to the Annual Campaign.

Hillcrest offers a variety of programs to enhance its students’ therapeutic experience from gender-specific groups to vocational opportunities, such as obtaining a certificate in food safety or maintaining campus greenhouses that produce fresh flowers and vegetables for retail. These skills help students develop self-esteem and encourage them to continue their treatment in ways that can help them live more independently in the future.

“The support that MountainOne provides is critical to maintaining the quality and consistency of the cutting edge treatment that we pride ourselves on delivering. Our children deserve the best and with the support of organizations like MountainOne, we deliver the highest quality of care to the children who need it the most”, said Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher.

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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, Inc. Awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. Awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank

 PITTSFIELD, Mass. Apr. 6, 2016—Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. (HEC) has been awarded $7,500 from Berkshire Bank Foundation to support their educational initiatives and address the needs of low-income children in their care.

This donation directly supports annual fundraising events such as the Annual Fall Classic and the St. Patrick’s Reception whose proceeds provide long term support to the agency and the children and families it serves.

“The incredible support of local businesses and the community as a whole helps Hillcrest stay at the cutting edge of quality treatment of children and provide a safe and rewarding work experience for our 532 staff who live in Berkshire County. Organizations such as Berkshire Bank continue to amaze us each time they step up and help us help others”, said Hillcrest’s Director of Development and Community Relations, Tim Gallagher.

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.

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

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    

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

 

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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Holiday Wish Program Success

 

Holiday celebration

Hillcrest’s Tim Gallagher and Robert Fraser, President & CEO of MountainOne Financial at a Hillcrest campus holiday celebration

What a successful year for our Holiday Wish Program! Each of our students creates a “wish” list and asks for several gifts for the holiday season. We are blessed to have several community individuals and organizations play Santa and help fulfill each child’s list. By the look on each child’s face when they received their gifts, this year was one of the best ever! Who knew it took so much work to coordinate and deliver almost 800 gifts.

 

 

 

 

We could not have done it without the following major supporters:

Hillcrest staff members 
Thank you
Maureen Garner
Paul Clark
Alyse Scura
Bob Maxwell
Suzanne Maslanka
The Bissell Family
Moresi & Associates
Katrina Cardillo
Corey Sprague
Maureen Phillips
Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
Martin & Oliveira, LLP
Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti and Cook
Pignatelli Electric
Interprint
Kripalu
Berkshire Business and Professional Women
Junior League of Berkshire County
Cranwell
General Dynamics
Chantal Levan
Hanscomb Airforce Base
Crossfit Pittsfield
Williams College
Greylock Federal Credit Union
…and dozens of other anonymous “Santas” that really made this holiday season special for our children.

Students wrote thank you letters to Santa to let him know just how much the gifts meant to them this holiday season through the Holiday Wish Program!

Thank you to everyone in our community who helped to make Christmas morning for our students so special!

Student thank you letters to Santa:

I am very happy for your presents to me and I really love them. I appreciate all the good work you are doing for all kids. Thank you Santa. -Rafe

Thank you for bringing me lots of gifts. You are the most nice person on the planet I have ever seen for my whole life. I love you so much and so do all kids.-Anthony

Thank you for bringing toys to all the good boys and girls at the Brookside ITU. – Dahionix

Thanks for the presents. I wish you a Happy Christmas! Happy New Year ! – Masiona