In the Community

Berkshire Nonprofit Awards

The Non-Profit Center of the Berkshires recently held their annual breakfast awards at the Berkshire Hills Country Club. Founder Liana Toscanini was on hand to greet the honorees and the supporters of various non-profit agencies. October Mountain Financial Advisors was one of the corporate sponsors for the event. Our own Gary Schiff, Managing Director, introduced the recipients in the Unsung Hero category. Here are a few photos from the event.

CATA on Tour

Once again we’re sponsoring the CATA Summer Tour. We were recently at MASS MoCA in North Adams for the opening reception, “What I See,” an exhibit showcasing 21 works of art crafted by artists with physical/emotional challenges. The exhibit runs now thru June 30, 2019 at Tunnel City Coffee at MASS MoCA.  Special thanks to Paul Lovegreen and Sydney Lester of Tunnel City Coffee for sharing their space. Click here for photos.

Marianne Fresia: Forty under 40

Berkshire Community College recognized a group of young, elite professionals with the 4th annual Forty Under 40 Awards recently held at the Berkshire Plaza Hotel. Our own Marianne Fresia was one of the 40 honorees recognized for their contributions and accomplishments to their businesses and communities. Many of Marianne’s colleagues from Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors shared in the celebration.

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andrea barnet at food for thought

Hancock Shaker Village was busy with yet another “Food for Thought” dinner and discussion.  With a “keen eye for historical data,” Andrea Barnet shared some of these details penned in her book, “Visonary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Walters Changed the World.”

Andrea Barnet discusses the impact of 4 visionary women.

Each of those four women changed history across many fronts in corporate culture, the environment, nature and the human condition in contemporary society.

Longtime supporter as well as board member, Maureen Jerome [right] catches up with another patron.

Some 65 new and returning supporters were on hand for the discussion and an exemplary field-to-table gourmet dinner

Virginia Smith [L] and noted painter Kit White share their thoughts.

We also had the chance to talk with noted painter, Kit White. His art hangs in the Guggenheim and other museums.

John Jerome [center] converses with Andrea Barnet [right] and other supporters during the cocktail hour.
Familiar faces and new ones network prior to dinner.

Several visitors traveled a good distance to enjoy Food for Thought.

Paula J. Boyajian [left] and Lisa Green enjoy the vegan entres. Following the Shaker tradition, all courses were served family style.

Amy dickinson joins us at Hancock shaker village

We recently gathered at HSV to enjoy another “Food for Thought” discussion and dinner featuring columnist & author, Amy Dickinson. Dickinson succeeded Ann Landers as the advice columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
She discussed her second memoir “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things,” sharing the ups and downs of writing, motherhood and helping readers with the incongruities of life.

A likely—if not lively—group of supporters for HSV and the Food for Thought series

Visitors joined us from all compass points in Berkshire County and beyond.

As in previous dinners, attendees engaged the speaker with a blend of serious and not-so-serious topics, much to our collective delight.

We are the sponsor for this year’s series.

Josh Simpson at Berkshire museum

Gary Schiff, Managing Director, October Mountain Financial Advisors [center] and Arlene Schiff [ctr left], look on as Josh Simpson explains a process in his creations.

Berkshire Museum recently held the opening reception for its summer exhibit, Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes.  The amazing and beautiful glass spheres are a confluence of art and science. Simpson’s work showcases his imagination and interest with the cosmos, deep space and astrophysics. Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors are the sponsors for this special exhibition that runs now thru January 6, 2019.

Photos by David Dashiell

The affable artist conversed with collectors, admirers and museum supporters about the pieces in his exhibit.

[L to R]: Carlo Centeno, VP-Marketing Director, October Mountain Financial Advisors; Lauren “Lo” Sottile, Director of Development, Berkshire Museum; Josh Simpson; Craig Langlois, Chief Experience Officer, Berkshire Museum; Nina Garlington, Chief of Staff, Berkshire Museum.

we made the list. again!

This is fantastic news, but even better for our investors and the community.

The Financial Times recently announced the select group of registered investment advisers for 2018. This is not a competitive ranking, but rather a roster of elite professionals that met attributes and criteria developed by Financial Times.  Click here for the press release. Click here for more information about the FT300.

all the world is-indeed-a stage

With all due respect to the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare & Company recently held their 18th Annual Business Partners’ Party. Our own Carlo Centeno, VP-Marketing Director, attended on behalf of October Mountain Financial Advisors. Immediately following the reception, the New England premiere of  Morning After Grace performed to a sold-out audience.  A few photos can be found here.


The Literacy Network of South Berkshire [aka LitNet]recently held a benefit concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.  We were more than pleased to be one of the corporate sponsors to help support the non-profit and its programs.

Concert pianist Mr. Emanuel Ax performed Sonatas from Mozart and Beethoven as well as Sonettis from Liszt. A few additional photos can be found here.

The Berkshire Nonprofit awards

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires [NPC] recently held its first nonprofit awards at the Pittsfield Country Club. We–along with our cohorts at Lee Bank–were one of a handful of companies supporting the event.

Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli proved to be standout emcee for the breakfast gathering.  The sold-out crowd of 200 acknowledged the 12 finalists for their commitment in time and resources to the greater Berkshire community.  Additional photos can be found here.

food for thought

For the second year in a row, October Mountain Financial Advisors is proud to be the corporate sponsor for the the summer dinner series, “Food for Thought” at Hancock Shaker Village. The first event is Saturday–May 5 at 6:00pm featuring Mr. Francis Greenburger, noted author, historian and champion of social justice.

UPDATE: Food for Thought with Mr. Francis Greenburger. For photos click here.

Artwork like a tornado

The Community Access to the Arts [CATA] recently showcased new art created by CATA artists at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY.

The exhibit, Rare Tornado, is showcased in the West Room of Hudson Hall, 327 Warren Street in downtown Hudson. The exhibit runs April 26 thru May 13. Highly expressive, all one-of-a-kind, the canvases were done by artists with disabilities using an innovative technique called A.R.T. [Artistic Realization Technologies].  All art is available for sale and proceeds go to the artists.

Additional photos can be viewed here.