Dear BRIDGE family:
As many of you have heard, I was unanimously chosen as the 2019 Woman of Achievement by Berkshire Business and Professional Women. Our Berkshire chapter has held this tradition for decades and I am honored to be selected for my professional achievements here in the Berkshires and beyond. I can only imagine that the BBPW choice to choose me as this year’s BBPW WOA honoree is not only about me and my work but also representative of their effort to echo the BBPW support of the mission and work of
BRIDGE over the last decade; the leadership of women in public policy, philanthropy and business; and also the acknowledgment of labor & contributions of the many African American women that have worked tirelessly in the Berkshires for the betterment of our community.
I am most humbled by this gift of acknowledgment and the honor to be lifted up in this way. It has been an honor I instantly want to share with others who have inspired me, worked alongside me, carried me when the burden was heavy, and those that are working just as hard as I on their own journeys towards a better and brighter future for all. I hope you join me in this celebration. I promise it will be a joyful community celebration!
Find tickets here and please note that dinner tickets must be purchased by April 9th!
Sponsor this unique program! All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Berkshire BPW scholarship program, which supports Berkshire County women who are furthering their education while working and/or managing a family. Berkshire Business and Professional Women gives a minimum of five scholarships each year to local women striving to higher education. Learn more about BBPW here. Contact Gillette Conner at BBPWsecretary@gmail.com with questions about either sponsorships or program ads by April 24th.
Thank you so much for however you can contribute! In addition to program ads, tributes in video, photos and in person will be there and the evening will be MC’d by the very one and only Samuel VanSant. See you there!
P.S. BRIDGE can always use your help in fundraising! Please connect to Amazon Smile for your purchases, please sign up for a birthday fundraiser on facebook in 2019 (contact Lily at email@example.com to let us know), make a 1-time contribution in honor of AJ’s and Gwendolyn’s awards that will go to start our Reparations fund at BRIDGE (we are building the nest!), and sign up for a SJIA hosting where you bring your friends to tell them about BRIDGE work and impact!
Racial Justice call to action | Du Bois renaming
Contact Tim@multiculturalbridge.org of Towards Racial Justice group if you are a Stockbridge or West Stockbridge resident that will sign on to have a discussion with BHRSD School Committee about renaming the school after W.E.B. Du Bois! Deadline is this Friday! Our Great Barrington petition is in! For next steps, please come to TRJ South meeting at the Monterey Community Center, April 4, 2019.
Related press for Du Bois renaming:
Congrats to AJ Enchill, our BRIDGE Board Secretary- 40 under 40 with a congratulations to all members several of which are close friends to BRIDGE: Thasia Giles, Natalia Millan del Ruzzio, Becki Beron and many more!
NAACP Living History Project | Berkshire Museum | runs now through May 5, 2019
April 1st | Race Task Force | Ralph Froio Center | 12:30 (Special Guest: WAM Theatre)
April 4th | Towards Racial Justice | Monterey Community Center | 6:30 PM (Special Guest: WAM Theatre + Talya Kingston)
May 6th | Race Task Force with DOJ CRS with SPIRIT presentations by Mildred Duprey CRS Specialist and Cara Henderson | RSVP required for space: firstname.lastname@example.org | Ralph Froio Center in Pittsfield MA | 12:30-2:00 PM
May 6th | Berkshire Business and Professional Woman | Woman of Achievement Tribute to our CEO and Founding Director Gwendolyn VanSant | Country Club in Pittsfield MA
May 8th | Wings for Justice- 2nd quarterly wing tasting night | Fun Friendraising, Fundraising SJIA in Town of Lenox | 7 PM | Email email@example.com if you are interested in a ticket |
May 19th | Gasping Whiteness play | The Foundry West Stockbridge | 2 PM
(save the date) June 9th | Massachusetts Race Amity Day in the Berkshires | a 3rd annual Racial Justice Mini-Conference & 10th anniversary of BRIDGE Race Task Force & TRJ campaign celebration
(save the date) June 12th | MCLA Diversity and Inclusion 3-day Conference | Details coming of Gwendolyn and BRIDGE's engagement