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Downing launches 2nd Annual Holiday Card Contest
September 18, 2015

PITTSFIELD – Each December State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) mails approximately 3,500 holiday greeting cards to friends, family, supporters and colleagues across Massachusetts.   As he prepares for this annual tradition, he is bringing back his Holiday Greeting Card Contest, which he began in 2014, and asking local students to design his card for him.

“Last year 250 students from across western Massachusetts participated in my contest,” said Downing.  “It was a fun way to connect with my youngest constituents, and it helped spread holiday cheer.  I can’t wait to see the creativity that I know our students will submit for this year’s contest.”   

Downing's 2014 Holiday Card, by Lizzie Paglier.

Last year’s card featured original art by Lizzie Paglier, a Lanesborough resident who was in Grade 8 at Mount Greylock Regional High School.  Prior to the contest he usually chose an image that related to his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District for his card.  In 2007 and 2008 he used winter scenes captured by local photographer Bill Tague, and from 2009 to 2013 he selected holiday images by Norman Rockwell.

Students in grades 3-8 who live in the Senator’s district are encouraged to participate in this year’s contest.  Entry forms can be printed from or picked up in Downing’s District Office, located at 7 North Street, Suite 307 in Pittsfield.

All submissions must be returned to the District Office by 4:00pm on Thursday, November 5th.  They can be dropped off Monday through Friday during business hours, sent via US Mail or scanned and emailed to

The winning design will be chosen by Senator Downing.  His printed holiday card will credit the student artist by listing their name, age, grade, school and hometown.  

All contest participants will be invited to attend the Senator’s Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Open House on December 1st, in his Pittsfield office, during which the contest winner will be announced. 

For more information on the Senator’s contest, visit or call (413) 442-4008.



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