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Relay for Life of Berkshire County postponed

From left, Jen Gardino, Joe Gardino, Ray Gardino, Terrie Gardino and center, Madison Gardino. (Berkshire Record File Photo)

PITTSFIELD — While fundraising hasn’t come to a halt, this year’s annual Relay for Life Berkshire County event has been put on hold.
The American Cancer Society is suspending all events through June, said Ray Gardino, event lead.
“Due to concerns about COVID-19 we will not hold our traditional Relay For Life of Berkshire County Event on June 26th on-site as planned,” said Gardino in a statement. “Plans are under way for a new Relay For Life-style celebration on another date, perhaps in the fall.”
The annual community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society had shifted its home base at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington to the grounds of Pittsfield insurance firm Guardian Life. Event lead, Ray Gardino, broke the news at this year’s Relay kickoff back in January. The move, he said, was intended to grow participation and awareness of the annual event.
Moving forward, should the public health threat stretches over several more weeks, Gardino said the American Cancer Society will assess and make decisions beyond June.
Last year’s event raised a total of over $67,000, according to the Berkshire County Relay for Life’s page on the American Cancer Society. The event attracted 32 teams and a total of 150 team members.
The postponing of the event will have an overall impact to the American Cancer Society’s mission of supporting cancer research, said Gardino. While he and the county teams are still fundraising through virtual fundraising events and apps, he said it’s going to be an especially tough year.
“The mission matters more than ever,” he said. “We are grateful for all the dedication of our volunteers and appreciate the sacrifices they make to support our events. These events will be back. The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and fluid and our goal is to respond in a way that best meets the health and safety needs of those who rely on us.”
To support the American Cancer Society, donate now at RelayForLife.org or RelayForLife.org/berkshirecounty.

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