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Gould Farm executive director Lisanne Finston discusses the Red Barn Community Center, a proposed building made possible by a $500,000 gift from Ellen and Tom Bowler of Palm Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy Gould Farm

Business Briefs: Gift for Gould Farm; Marcus Lemonis at Berkshire Money Management; Enchill joins CHP board; new Hancock Shaker Village curator; Rap, Inc. teen program; Fill-the-Basket campaign

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By Monday, Oct 29, 2018 Trade and Commerce

Gould Farm receives $500,000 gift

Monterey — Gould Farm kicked off the public phase of its $2.6 million Harvesting Hope capital campaign Oct. 20 with the announcement a lead gift of $500,000 from Tom and Ellen Bowler of Palm Beach, Florida. Gould Farm launched the capital campaign in early 2017 and has since raised $2.3 million to fund the construction of its first community center.

Ellen and Tom Bowler. Photo courtesy Gould Farm

The Bowlers’ gift honors Ellen’s father, the Rev. Hampton E. Price, who served as the farm’s executive director from 1961-1972. During his tenure, Price transformed the farm’s campus, systematized the work program and brought into focus the therapeutic value of meeting together as a community. Recognizing the value of a supportive community, Price organized the first all-farm community meeting in 1967. Over 50 years later, the weekly meeting remains vital to the therapeutic milieu and continues to contribute to a sense of shared participation.

Gould Farm’s board of directors is hoping to complete the campaign and break ground on the new community center in the spring of 2019 with completion projected for the summer of 2020. Designed as a red barn, the building will provide the more than 120 guests, staff, families and volunteers who live on the farm with an additional 5,000 square feet of much-needed flexible space for more integrated wellness, music and arts activities. The larger space will also open up more opportunities for alumni, friends and Berkshire residents to attend public performances and social events.


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Berkshire Money Management to host CNBC’s Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis

Dalton — Berkshire Money Management will host a fireside chat with Marcus Lemonis, serial entrepreneur and celebrity host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Lemonis is the CEO of Good Sam Enterprises, Gander Outdoors,Camping World and other ventures. “The Profit” follows him as he tries to save struggling businesses across America. The show is the most-watched original series in CNBC’s history, and 40,000 small-business owners apply annually to get on. Only a dozen are selected to be on the show. In his talk, Lemonis will address local business owners and economic leaders about looking toward the future of their companies and knowing what to do.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only. To inquire about receiving an invitation, contact Allen Harris at aharris@berkshiremm.com by Thursday, Nov. 1.


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Community Health Programs welcomes Enchill to board

A.J. Enchill. Photo courtesy Community Health Programs

Great Barrington — Alfred “A.J.” Enchill Jr. was named to the Community Health Programs board of trustees at the board’s October meeting.

Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield. Based in Pittsfield, Enchill focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds’ appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council’s board of directors and the board of Multicultural BRIDGE. He previously worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, and earlier as a paralegal intern for Bikkal & Associates in White Plains, New York. He also worked as a junior account assistant for public relations firm Thunder11. A native of Pittsfield, Enchill is a 2016 graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in American studies, institutions and power. In Pittsfield, he has volunteered at St. Mark’s Church food pantry and the Salvation Army, and served as a volunteer and youth lacrosse coach.


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Hancock Shaker Village gains new curator

Sarah Margolis-Pineo. Photo: Matthew Sherman

Pittsfield — Hancock Shaker Village has announced the appointment of Sarah Margolis-Pineo as curator, a key position on the leadership team.

Margolis-Pineo’s responsibilities will include research, acquisitions related to the museum’s collection, organizing exhibitions, disseminating scholarship about the Hancock Shakers and the Shaker movement, proper collection storage and display, historic preservation, object care in historic buildings and a large outdoor venue, and programming.

Margolis-Pineo, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree in exhibition and museum studies from the San Francisco Art Institute, is assistant curator at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, where she curates collections-based exhibitions spanning traditional 18th-century folk art to 21st-century works by outsider or self-taught artists. Previously, she was associate curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the fellow and assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum. She has trained in collections handling, management, loan and transport; and has worked at Saarinen House, Planting Fields and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. She also worked with the Maine Historical Society overseeing the development of Maine Memory Network, an initiative to digitize regional historic collections.

Margolis-Pineo will assume her position with HSV in early December.


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Berkshire Children & Families to introduce Rap, Inc.

Pittsfield — Berkshire Children and Families is introducing Rap, Inc., a new program for young people ages 13-19 who are interested in learning about the art and business of hip-hop music. Led by music producer Jeremy Random, the program will be a combination of creativity and Business 101. BCF will hold information sessions for interested individuals and their families Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Berkshire Children and Families at (413) 448-828 x236 or info@berkshirechildren.org.


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Salisbury Bank to kick off Fill-the-Basket campaign

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced that its 11th annual Fill-the-Basket food drive to help local food pantries feed those in need will begin Thursday, Nov. 1. During the campaign, the bank’s 14 branches in Berkshire, Litchfield, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will collect nonperishable food items, household supplies and cash donations to be distributed directly to food pantries serving each area. Local pantries are in need of a variety of donations including canned goods, cereals, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, shampoo and soap are also appreciated. Fill-the-Basket will run through Saturday, Dec. 22.


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