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PRESS RELEASE - Local Volunteer Honored at State House Ceremony, Carol Craighead’s Decades of Service Garners Praise from the Arc of Massachusetts
January 30, 2008

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that Ms. Carol Craighead of Pittsfield has been chosen to receive a Distinguished Citizen Award from The Arc of Massachusetts for her outstanding commitment to service as a volunteer on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

“It is clear that Ms. Craighead has given so much of herself, her time and her energy to benefit Berkshire County Arc and the community they serve.  I am honored to recognize her decades of selflessness,” said Downing.

Ms. Craighead’s first contact was as an employee at the agency’s pre-school program.  During the past 15 years, Carol has served as a member of the Executive Committee of Berkshire County Arc’s Board of Directors, of which she currently serves as Vice President. 

Nominated by Berkshire Count Arc’s Executive Director, Kenneth Singer, Ms. Craighead will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award during a ceremony today in the Great Hall of the State House.  Senator Downing will also present Ms. Craighead with an official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate in recognition of her service.


“For over 43 years, Carol Craighead has been a devoted supporter of Berkshire County Arc.  As a volunteer, parent, and one of our first staff members, Carol has used all of her energies to help BCARC become the success it is.  We are thrilled she is being recognized for her great dedication,” said Singer.


Founded over 50 years ago, The Arc of Massachusetts represents over 120,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through 20 chapters in local communities throughout the Commonwealth.  Through advocacy of supports and services based in the community, The Arc works hard to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.




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