Berkshire County Arc
395 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

More than 1,200 Marchers Join the 12th Annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires

DALTON, Mass. (Oct. 10, 2018) – The 12th Annual Buddy Walk® of the Berkshires was held on Saturday, September 22nd and included more than 1,200 participants. The event is hosted annually by the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.  It was a perfect fall day in the Berkshires.  Many families and friends of Berkshire County Arc returned to participate in The Walk, and there were many new faces supporting a great cause.

Aaron Robb, principal of Wahconah Regional High School and family member of the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group and Kenneth W. Singer, President and CEO of Berkshire County Arc, along with Senator Adam Hinds and State Representative Paul Mark, addressed the crowd.  They continue to be impressed with the level of support and generosity from the Berkshire community and said that they are consistently proud to see the community supporting one another and the great initiatives in the county.  Everyone who was a part of the event, especially the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group, were thrilled about the support received and a great time was had by all.

The Walk, which is a one-mile walk that starts and ends at Craneville Elementary School in Dalton, was followed by music from Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a raffle, and various children’s activities such as face painting, balloon animals, hayrides and a photo booth. Food and refreshments were also served following the walk.

Sponsors of the event included:

Contributing Sponsors – Berkshire Bank, Dalton Fireman’s Association and John Williams

Supporting Sponsors –
Adams Community Bank, Alex’s Angels, Carr Hardware, Chef’s Hat, Classical Tents, Cross Insurance Agency, Dalton Police Association, DEE CARES, Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, LLP, edm, Inc., Gable & Mercier, P.C., Greylock Federal Credit Union,Haczela Construction Co., Ice River Springs, L.P. Adams Co., Inc., Lyon Events, MacFarlane Office Products, Mark A. Pullano, D.M.D., PC, MedExpress Urgent Care, Operation Copsicle, Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs, Pittsfield Co-Op, Ray Murray, Inc., Smith Watson Company, LLP, State Representative Paul Mark, Subway, Superior Graphics, West Oil Company, Inc., White Wolf Septic and Portables

About the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group

The Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group supports 40 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.

About Berkshire County Arc

Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing a broad range of community-based services to 800 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts. The agency offers three day programs, 39 residential programs, employment services, citizen- and self-advocacy programs, respite services, an adult family care program and Zip ‘N Sort Mail Services. For more information, media professionals may contact Katrina Cardillo at 413-499-4241, ext. 254 or, or visit

Katrina Cardillo
Director of Marketing & Development
413-499-4241 ext. 254

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