Business Briefs: Haddad Subaru donates to BHS; new executive director for Bidwell House Museum; Earth Day patio party; grant for BTG; Singer receives leadership award

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By Wednesday, Apr 19 Trade and Commerce
Left to right: Haddad Auto Group president George Haddad, Berkshire Humane Society executive director John Perreault and Haddad Subaru general sales manager Chris Kramek display the contribution Haddad Subaru made to Berkshire Humane Society during Subaru of America's 'Share the Love' event.

Haddad Subaru donates more than $30,000 to Berkshire Humane Society

Pittsfield — On Tuesday, April 4, as part of its “Share the Love” event and ongoing support of local communities, Subaru of America Inc. and Haddad Subaru presented a check to Berkshire Humane Society for $33,139. The contribution was bestowed during BHS’ 13th annual Cause for Paws radiothon.

From November 17, 2016, to January 3, 2017, customers who purchased or leased a new Subaru vehicle selected from a list of charities to receive a donation of $250 from SOA. SOA selected four national charities while Subaru retailers could elect to add a local charity to help support their communities. Haddad Subaru chose BHS as its hometown charity. BHS intends to use the funds for scholarships to its summer camp, classroom visits to local schools, and its Safe Pet Program.

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Bidwell House Museum gains new executive director

Heather Kowalski.

Heather Kowalski.

Monterey — Bidwell House Museum president Rob Hoogs has announced the appointment of Heather Kowalski as the museum’s new executive director. Effective Monday, May 1, Kowalski will take over the position from Barbara Palmer, who has served as the museum’s executive director for the past seven and a half years.

Kowalski worked previously at the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, both in Pittsburgh, prior to relocating to the Berkshires. Her husband, Jesse Kowalski, is curator of exhibitions at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

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Co-op to host Earth Day patio party

Great Barrington — The Berkshire Co-op Market will host a family-friendly Earth Day party on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Live music will begin at noon with Dreamaholic and continue with guitarist Michael Lasso at 2 p.m. Children’s activities will include glitter tattoos and a tie dye station. Attendees can shop local vendors, enjoy grilled food, indulge in Bart’s Homemade ice cream, and step inside to sample products from local producers. For more information, contact the Co-op at (413) 528-9697.

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BTG granted money for education

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group has announced its receipt of a $3,500 grant from Bank of America’s Charles H. Hall Foundation. The grant was made to support BTG PLAYS!, BTG’s year-round education program.

Said BTG’s artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire, “We are deeply grateful to receive this support. It is vital to our local, regional, and national society that arts education be implemented in as many organizations as possible. We are lucky, here in the Berkshires, to be surrounded by such rich cultural heritage.”

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Berkshire Arc CEO receives leadership award

Berkshire County Arc president and CEO Kenneth W. Singer accepting the Joseph Andrade Award for leadership on April 6.

Berkshire County Arc president and CEO Kenneth W. Singer accepting the Joseph Andrade Award for leadership on April 6.

Pittsfield — Berkshire County Arc president and CEO Kenneth W. Singer received the Joseph Andrade Award for Leadership from the Arc of Massachusetts on Thursday, April 6, at its annual meeting. The award was presented to Singer at the Sheraton Framinghman Hotel & Conference Center. In attendance were twelve BCArc staff members; BCArc self advocate Margaret; Singer’s wife, Christine; and several family members.

Singer began working at BCArc in 1980 as a residential coordinator. In 1994 he became the executive director and has been president and CEO for the last three years.

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