In its continuing effort to address the funding crisis created by cutbacks in federal funds, the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) will be launching its annual series of fundraisers at various immigrant-owned restaurants in the County. The restaurant evenings offer an opportunity to share great food and company and to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive services to the County’s growing immigrant population.
The series will begin with modern Indian cuisine at Spice Root, 23 Spring Street in Williamstown on Monday Oct 29. There will be two seatings for the buffet-style meal at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $25. Reservations can be made by calling (413) 458-5200 and are strongly suggested as last year this was a sold out event. Spice Root has generously pledged 70% of the proceeds to help the Center reach its funding goals.
“This is such a great way to contribute to BIC’s important work, while enjoying delicious foods from around the world and recognizing the many contributions that immigrants make to our community”, stated Hilary Greene, Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center. This event also coincides with the State’s 2nd annual “Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month”, so it is most fitting to put the spotlight on one of our County’s most successful immigrant entrepreneurs, Spice Root owners Tarun and Simmi Narula and Stephen Lawrence.”
BIC will be continuing the dining out series at Flavours Restaurant in Pittsfield and restaurants in Lee and Great Barrington between January and March. The dinners are part of BIC’s fundraising campaign to raise $25,000 to continue to provide the same level of services in spite of major cuts in federal funding. Last year BIC assisted nearly 800 individuals from over 71 different countries.
The Berkshire Immigrant Center, a program of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), provides citizenship assistance, immigration information, advocacy, referrals and counseling to the growing immigrant communities in Berkshire County. Major support comes from the Berkshire United Way, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the City of Pittsfield, and the Mass Office for Refugees and Immigrants. For more information about the Berkshire Immigrant Center or to make a direct contribution, please call (413) 445-4881 or visit www.berkshireic.com