The Berkshire Legislative Delegation, Representatives William (Smitty) Pignatelli, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Paul Mark and Gailanne Cariddi, and Senator Ben Downing joined Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi and the Brien Center in honoring Robert K. Quattrochi with the Agency’s first Community Volunteer Award at their 3rd Annual UNICO dinner on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield. Attended by over 250 Brien Center supporters, the dinner was underwritten by Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan and Collins Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mr. Quattrochi received the award in recognition of his ongoing work on behalf of the Brien Center. He was instrumental in meeting the goal of the recently completed Capital Campaign for the renovation of the Agency's campus on Fenn Street. He has been a tireless advocate for the Brien Center in the community, not only raising funds but also raising awareness of the essential community services provided to Berkshire County residents by the Brien Center.
Representative Farley-Bouvier presented a Citation from the Legislature acknowledging Quattrochi’s contributions. “It is rare that the entire delegation is in one place at one time and we are honored to be here to acknowledge the great work of the Brien Center and Bob Quattrochi.”
Senator Ben Downing, in presenting Quattrochi with a Senate Citation, cited Quattrochi’s advocacy on behalf of the Brien Center and emphasized the commitment of the Delegation to helping the Brien Center de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction. “When health policy issues are discussed, we will make sure that mental health services are also in the mix.”
Mayor Bianchi, citing Quattrochi as an exemplary volunteer, read a City Proclamation, acknowledging Quattrochi’s hard work on behalf of the Brien Center and other non-profits in the Berkshires, including Berkshire Medical Center and Hancock Shaker Village. “Not only is Bob a wonderful volunteer but he is also a great friend to Pittsfield and to me.”
The attendees couldn’t have agreed more when Quattrochi received a standing ovation upon receipt of the plaque presented by the Brien Center’s CEO, Christine Macbeth.
In presenting the award, Ms. Macbeth stated, “Bob has been a great friend to the Brien Center. People like Bob help make it possible for us to help as many Berkshire families as we do.”
Ms. Macbeth continued, “The Brien Center is committed to eliminating the stigma that surrounds treatment for mental illness and addiction. Bob has been instrumental in helping to raise awareness of the positive impact the Brien Center has on the lives of Berkshire County residents.”
Quattrochi, in his understated way, graciously accepted the award, insisting that he really had not done much. He continued, “Once I learned how important the Brien Center was to the community, I was willing to help in any way that I could.” He then advocated for more community support of the Brien Center to help complete its downtown campus.
Mr. Quattrochi was President and CEO of Pete's Motors and now serves the Berkshire community in an array of civic organizations and community projects. He currently sits on the Board of a number of nonprofit organizations.
The Brien Center provides mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Berkshire County. In 2012, the Agency served almost 11,000 individuals, 4,000 of whom were children. The Brien Center promotes the highest degree of recovery possible for every individual, providing a wide array of services to meet the needs and challenges of those they serve.