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This year, Hillcrest is proud to present Robin McGraw with the Irish Person of the Year Award.

About Robin McGraw - Robert L. W. “Robin” McGraw is a committed public and community servant.  As Senior Director of The Donald C. McGraw Foundation and President of Black Rock Foundation, Robin and his wife Buzz, use their energy, their passion, their time, their dedication, and their philanthropy in their commitment to improving human services, education and healthcare in Berkshire County.

A true leader by example, Robin is very active on several boards. He is the Chair of Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Berkshire Education and Correction Services and The Play to Lead Foundation. Former Vice Chair of the Board of Mystic Seaport Museum, he sits on the boards of Volunteers in Medicine, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Berkshire Healthcare Systems. He is a member of the Emergency Services Committee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Chair of the Visiting Committee for Head and Neck Cancer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is a member of the President’s Council at Connecticut College.  He also regularly consults for Berkshire School, Berkshire Country Day School and Darrow School.

In 2014 Robin became a member of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department. As a Deputy Sheriff, and a member of the Opiate Task Force, his focus is on re-entry for inmates, specifically developing programs for “success upon re-entry”. His other duties include community liaison and external affairs. He is committed to bringing the work being done at the BC House of Correction and Jail into our community to ensure a clear understanding of the difference they are making.

Robin and Buzz live on a farm in South Egremont with their three children, two dogs and two cats..

Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award

Additionally, Hillcrest will present the Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award to Michael MacDonald.

About Michael MacDonald - Attorney MacDonald has represented Petricca Industries, Inc. and its subsidiary corporations for over 26 years, in the area of corporate law, finance, environmental matters, construction contracts and claims, real estate development and permitting.

Michael’s civic involvement includes being a current member of the Windsor Finance Committee, Past President of the Berkshire Theatre Group where he negotiated and lead the merger of the Colonial Theatre Association with the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Vice President Board of Trustees for the Colonial Theatre Association, Past President and Board Member of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., President of Downtown Investment Company, Inc., which owned and operated Central Block. More recently, as a member of the Community Turf Field Committee, helped bring Berkshire County it’s first publicly available turf field at Berkshire Community College.

In addition to this years’ Hillcrest “Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award”, Michael has received several awards for his contributions to our community including the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award, Downtown Pittsfield Inc., Edward R. O’Keefe Person of the Year Award, the Colonial Theatre Community Service to the Arts Award and the Esther Quinn Community Service Award.

Silent Auction Overview:

Back again this year: Hillcrest is offering convenient online and mobile bidding in our silent auction! Online bidding will begin about a week before the event and continue until the night of the event! New items are always being added. You don't need to be present, or even attend the event, just register below.

When you register, you’ll receive a personalized bidding link that will allow you to browse the entire silent auction catalog. From this Mobile Bidding Center, you can place your bids on selected items with the option of setting a maximum bid (like e-Bay!) and you can depend on a text notification when/if you’re outbid.

There is no need to worry about the new system as bidding assistants will be in place throughout the evening at the event itself to answer any questions and assist with the process. Should you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to reach out to Tim Gallagher at:

    ● e-mail: tgallagher@hillcrestec.org
    ● phone: 413.499.7924 x133.

Looking forward to seeing you (with your charged cell phone) at the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 27th, 2019! Thank you as always for your support.
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