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Downing announces winners of his Holiday Card Design Contest; Fills 8 boxes with donations for Toys for Tots
December 15, 2014

PITTSFIELD – On Thursday, December 11th, during his annual Toys for Tots Holiday Open House State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announced the winners of his holiday greeting card design contest.

Each year Downing mails approximately 3,500 holiday greeting cards to friends, family, supporters and colleagues across Massachusetts.   This year he challenged local students, in grades 3-8, to design his card for him.

The Senator received 250 submissions from students all across western Massachusetts.  From these he chose an overall winner, which is the cover art for his 2014 holiday greeting card, as well as an Honorable Mention winner from each grade.  Downing presented the winning students with an Official Senate Citation and a small prize from the Massachusetts State House. All 250 submissions are on display in the Senator’s district office, located in downtown Pittsfield.

The winning card designs were submitted by:

  • Overall Winner: Lizzie Paglier, Age 13, Grade 8, Mount Greylock Regional High School.  Resident of Lanesborough;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 3Ellery Cole Buckowski, Age 9, Westhampton Elementary School.  Resident of Westhampton;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 4Molly Boyer, Age 10, Clarksburg Elementary School, Resident of Clarksburg;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 5Cecilia R. Marszalek, Age 10, Craneville Elementary School.  Resident of Windsor;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 6:  Darlenis Valero-Calderon, Age 11, St. Mark’s School.  Resident of Pittsfield;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 7: Elizabeth DeGraff, Age 13, Mount Greylock Regional High School.  Resident of Adams;
  • Honorable Mention, Grade 8:  Lauren Jacobbe, Age 13, Mount Greylock Regional High School.  Resident of Clarksburg.

During the event Downing collected donations of unwrapped toys which will be distributed to children in Berkshire County by the Marines from the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.  In total, the Open House netted enough toy donations to fill 4 Toys for Tots boxes, as well as a bike and two wooden sleds.  On Friday, a group of students from St. Joseph Central High School brought in a second round of donations -- enough to fill another 4 Toys for Tots boxes.

Photos from the Senator's Holiday Open House are available in his Photo Gallery.               






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