VIM Berkshires “You’ve Gotta Have Heart” 2013 Gala Raises Record Revenue

This year’s Gala – VIM Berkshires’ major fundraiser of the year – was a huge success, with the sold-out event bringing in record revenues, according to Board Chair Arthur Peisner.

“We and our patients are extremely grateful for this outstanding community support for our free health care services”, he said.

Board Chair Arthur Peisner (4th from left) and friends enjoy the Gala

The Gala was held at The Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club on Thursday, August 8th. The Club had been transformed for the evening into an elegant cabaret space by the dedicated volunteer Gala Committee, led by Chair Lauren Spitz: Nancy Bernstein, Hildi Black, Bonita Ganot, Jane Glaser, Liz Goodman, Vicki Kay, Clara Londoner, Lesley Rubinger, Dianne Salamon, Jane Salamon, Judy Schnurr, Molly Sheriff, Marion Simon, Turbi Smilow, and Ruth Weinstein. Ed and Beth Domaney and Dolores Domaney served as Honorary Chairs.


Gala Chair Lauren Spitz with Richard Spitz and Elise Abrams.  creditDale Stewart, Rural Intelligence

The party kicked off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 PM. Rural Intelligence photographer Dale Stewart snapped away as the crowd of almost 200 guests started bidding in a silent auction offering many wonderful prizes. A very enthusiastic live auction followed, expertly led by VIM Board member Liz Goodman and State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli. The auctions raised more than $40,000 to help pay for patient services at VIM.

The auctions were followed by a delicious buffet dinner catered by Rita Welch. Judy Schnurr arranged and donated gorgeous centerpiece flower bouquets.

The highlight of the evening was the music and singing, including a delightful performance from VIM Office Manager Robert Olsen, who sang a hilarious song describing what VIM is all about, with lyrics by Development Assistant Lesley Rubinger.  Robert was followed by entertainment from New York based, award-winning cabaret performers Marcy and Zina. Composer Marcy Heisler and lyricist Zina Goldrich have been performing together for 21 years and are the first women ever honored as recipients of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. Marcy and Zina sang about falling in (and out) of love and the zany things that happen on the dating scene. They are presently working on a musical, “Ever After”, which will debut on Broadway sometime in 2014. It is an adaptation of the movie “Ever After; A Cinderella Story” and the audience got a rare preview when the duo sang several of the show numbers.



Zina Goldrich, Nadine Habousha  and Marci Heisler.  creditDale Stewart, Rural Intelligence

Photographer Tricia McCormack documented the entire evening. You can see her photographs on the Gallery page.

You can also view the Gala pictures and purchase copies from Tricia at:

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