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Berkshire Bank Honors Employees for Volunteerism
12:14PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has recognized 31 employees for their volunteerism in the community and has named two "top volunteers" through their Volunteer Service X-ellence Awards Program. These annual awards celebrate bank employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
 
The two award recipients were selected based on their strong record of volunteerism to non-profit organizations through both company-supported activities and for individual service to the broader community. Each of the award winners also received a $1,000 donation that will be made to the non-profit organization of their choice.
 
This year's Volunteer X-ellence Award winners are:

* Diana Dalton,
financial planning assistant in Pittsfield, Mass. Dalton received the Volunteer Service X-ellence award for her leadership and participation in the bank's corporate volunteer program. Dalton's donation was made to Williams Elementary School.
 
* Felix Trinidad, loan closer in Needham, Mass. Trinidad received the Volunteer Service X-ellence award for his leadership and service in both company-supported and individual volunteer activities. Trinidad's donation was made to the Billerica Youth Soccer Association.
 
In addition to the two Volunteer Service X-ellence Award recipients, Berkshire Bank named 30 employees to their Community Service Honor Roll. Those employees eligible for the Honor Roll completed a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service in the last calendar year. Honorees included: Dawn Adams-Rea, Dorset, Vt.; Erin Albert, Lee, Mass.; Theresa Andersen, Pittsfield, Mass.; Teddi Averin, Westfield, Mass.; Patrick Browne, Needham, Mass.; Ann Ciepiela, Pittsfield, Mass.; Gerald Congdon, Methuen, Mass.; Robert Crowle, Otis, Mass.; Robert Curley, Albany, N.Y.; Lisa Davison, Rome, N.Y.; Brian Ferris, Westborough, Mass.; Susan Gagne, East Longmeadow, Mass.; Paul Gershkowitz, Needham, Mass.; Melissa Hoyt, Manchester, Vt.; James Kochakian, Methuen, Mass.; Nicole Kondziela, Rutland, Vt.; Gary Levante, Pittsfield, Mass.; Peter Love, Pittsfield, Mass.; Ronald MacDonald, Burlington, Mass.; Michelle McMonagle, Blue Bell, Pa.; LeeAnn Morrone, Newington, Conn.; Matthew Nicholl, Utica, N.Y.; Justin Priddle, Guilderland, N.Y.; Peter Rice, Westborough, Mass.; Monica Schlaepfer, West Winfield, N.Y.; Ryan Shorette, Hartford, Conn.; Michael Smith, Greenfield, Mass.; Felix Trinidad, Needham, Mass.; Gary Urkevich, Pittsfield, Mass.; and Rachel Yates, Springfield, Mass.

Established in 2008, the XTEAM helps the bank and employees give back to the communities in which they live and do business. Every Berkshire Bank employee receives 16 hours of paid time off to participate in company supported projects that usually occur during regular business hours. In 2016, 100 percent of Berkshire Bank's employees participated in the program. Berkshire recently completed their annual Xtraordinary Day of Service on Wednesday, June 7, in which they took on 65 service projects across the country to benefit more than 430,000 individuals.

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