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Monday, Oct 3, 2011

Thank You for helping us celebrate!

We're happy that you joined us at our 125th Anniversary Fall Celebration!

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More than 150 people visited our campus on Saturday to explore Berkshire's historical displays and learn about some of the many programs we offer to children in need and their families here and throughout New York State.

We enjoyed meeting new friends and neighbors and reminiscing with everyone.  Youth from our Culinary Arts program teamed up with Berkshire's chef to prepare wonderful foods, which kept flowing throughout the gathering. 

We had great fun showing off some of the historical photographs and documents, some as old as the Farm itself, from our fascinating Archives. 

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Frederick and Catharine Burnham in 1886

An example is a photo (at right) of our founders, Frederick and Catharine Burnham at the very beginning.  Many thanks to Phil Kaminstein, are Director of Archives, for helping us find these wonderful treasures.  No one knows more about Berkshire's history than Phil!

And, counselors from some of our programs certainly enjoyed speaking about the work they do and how it has enriched and changed the lives of so many youth.  Our truly innovative programming is making a tremendous impact on many children, their families, and even their communities.

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We enjoy the generosity of donors and volunteers which allows to enrich the programs we offer and to develop new ones.  We deeply appreciate the support we receive from our neighbors near and far, and from area businesses that understand the importance of strengthening children and families.

If you would like to join us in this effort, please consider making Berkshire part of your annual giving and/or joining our volunteer program and working directly with our youth.  Mentors for our youth are especially welcome!  You can learn more by by clicking here or by calling  518-781-4567, extension 2308.


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