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Berkshire Children and Families Employee Wins Berkshire United Way Car Giveaway

PITTSFIELD, February 8, 2016 – Kathy Quinn of Williamstown, an employee of Berkshire Children and Families in Pittsfield, won the Berkshire United Way Car Giveaway at the Berkshire Chamber Nite on January 20 at Greylock Insurance Agency.

The 2015 Ford Fiesta was sponsored by Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit Union as an incentive for donations to Berkshire United Way’s 2015 campaign. This marks the sixteenth year in a row that the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling over $150,000.

Gary Johnson of Johnson Dealerships drew the winning ticket. John Bissell, President and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union, left Quinn a voicemail live during the event, informing her that she’d won with the cheers of over 100 attendees in the background.

Winner Kathy Quinn, who plans on sharing the new vehicle with her entire family, said: “This opportunity is a personal blessing for me to pay it forward to my family members who will in turn continue to pay it forward... the true definition of community!”

“The car giveaway is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Kristine Hazzard, President and CEO of Berkshire United Way. “It’s always a ton of fun, and the opportunity to give away a brand new car – or $10,000 cash – courtesy of Greylock Federal Credit Union and Johnson Dealerships is thrilling. We’re so grateful for the generosity of these two organizations for helping Berkshire United Way’s efforts to reach its fundraising goals these past sixteen years.”

The car promotion is an effort to motivate people to support their community through a campaign contribution, resulting in thousands of tickets from across the county, including entries of employees from over 200 workplace campaigns and hundreds of individual donors. Berkshire United Way has reached $2.3 million of its $2.7 million goal – and will continue to raise funds to invest in the community through June 30, 2016.

A list of past winners can be found on the Berkshire United Way website at

Photo (from left to right): Kathy Quinn, Tary Johnson, Gary Johnson, John Bissell, Kristine Hazzard