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REACH Club’s Second Annual Benefit Supports Berkshire Immigrant Center

In its second year, the student-run club REACH continues to foster a more involved and giving community on and off campus.

On February 10 in the Daniel Arts Center, REACH hosted its second annual benefit concert and auction, from which all donations will support the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield. The central theme of the benefit was “Home” to acknowledge the important work of the immigrant center in assisting, educating, and advocating for immigrants and refugees in Berkshire County.


REACH Vice President Giulia de Gennaro, left, and President Madeline Eppley.

With support from student volunteers, REACH Club President Madeline Eppley, Vice President Giulia de Gennaro, Treasurer Emmy Sandstedt, Secretary Ajara Jagne, and Internal Affairs Officer Isabelle Long organized a concert featuring musical performances and readings by Simon’s Rock students.

The concert was accompanied by an auction raffling off artwork, handmade jewelry, and items donated by students and staff, and by Great Barrington businesses that included Evergreen Fine American Gifts, Tom’s Toys, SoCo Creamery Ice Cream, JWS Art Supplies, T.P. Saddleblanket, and Berkshire Poster. Chartwells donated gift certificates to the dining hall and Rock Café.

Performances included vocals and instrumentals by sophomores Nasia Kayfetz-Vuong, Melody Nowlan, Naomi Roter, and Sam Jones; a literature reading by sophomore Karanina Bhattacharjee; self-written poetry readings by first-year students Gaia Ling and Ali Levinson; a duet sung by sophomores Akarsh Balaji and Novia Kayfetz-Vuong; and solos sung by sophomore Samuel Statter and senior Lael Ngangmeni. Watch performances by Karanina, Lael, Gaia, and Samuel.

Sophomores Akarsh Balaji, left, and Novia Kayfetz-Vuong

The REACH Club’s first fundraiser benefited the restoration project at the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington.

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