With Over 1000 Walkers, The Eighth Annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires®
Is a Huge Success

More than 1,000 people participated in the eighth annual Buddy Walk® of the Berkshires on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Hosted by the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group, which is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society, more than $10,600 was raised to support the group in their mission of inspiring, educating and supporting people with Down syndrome and their families, and in raising awareness of Down syndrome across Berkshire County.

The Walk, which was a circuit that started and ended at Craneville Elementary School in Dalton, was followed by a family barbeque, music from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a raffle, pony rides and other children’s activities. State Rep. Paul Mark, Sherriff Thomas Bowler and Berkshire County Arc President & CEO Kenneth Singer were the keynote speakers of the event.

Event sponsors included Allegrone Companies; Bardwell, Bowlby & Karam Insurance; Berkshire Bank; Berkshire County Arc; Berkshire Orthodontics, Dr. Mike Cestone; Carr Hardware; Chin Bo Jok; Claim Services International; Classical Tents and Party Goods; Cord Master Engineering; Dalton Firemen’s Association; Dalton Police Association; Donovan & O’Conner, LLP; Haczela Construction Co.; Ice River Springs; Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd.; John Williams; Luau Hale Restaurant; Michael A. Fabrizio, MD PC; Representative Paul Mark; Republic Services, Inc.; Sheriff Thomas Bowler and the Deputies of Berkshire County; Superior Graphics; Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream; The Chef’s Hat Restaurant; White Wolf Septic and Portables.

The Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group currently supports 35 families living in Berkshire County who have a family member with Down syndrome. All proceeds from the Buddy Walk will help to provide services and support for children, adults and families of people with Down syndrome living in Berkshire County.

To see images from the Berkshire Eagle of the walk click the picture below.