For Immediate Release: April 22, 2019

Berkshire Money Management Presents “Compassion & Cocktails” Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society

May 18th Event to Raise Money for Homeless Animals

On Saturday, May 18, Berkshire Money Management (BMM) – a generous friend and supporter of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) – will present a Celebration of Compassion & Cocktails benefiting homeless animals. The festive fete, which will be hosted on the lush grounds of BMM’s beautiful Model Farm, will feature a special presentation by Diane Roadcap, a nationally renowned animal communicator, among other performers. Guests will enjoy locally-crafted hors d’oeuvres and an open bar while bidding on silent and live auction items.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support BHS’s numerous programs and services, including the Ken Freeberg Fund, which helps to underwrite the cost of medical care for the shelter’s animals. Other benefiting programs include Berkshire Humane Society’s signature Humane Education programs and the SafePet Program, which provides free temporary pet care for people in crisis. The SafePet Program is administered in collaboration with Berkshire Medical Center, the Elizabeth Freeman Center, The Brien Center, and Elder Services of Berkshire County.

“Our programs help just as many people as they do animals, and they need financial support to stay afloat. The Ken Freeberg Fund recently helped cover part of a $5,000 life-saving heart surgery for a pit bull puppy, and our SafePet Program has provided more than 1,400 days of care. Camp Humane and our other education programs reach more than 1,000 kids and adults over the course of a year,” said John Perreault, executive director for Berkshire Humane Society. “It’s truly impressive how much our small staff accomplishes every day and every year. We need our community’s ongoing support to continue providing everything from low-cost spay/neuter services and the Pet Food Pantry, to vaccine clinics and the SafePet Program. Individual donor support though an event like this one is crucial.”

“The only thing harder than starting a great organization is sustaining it. Berkshire Humane does great things selflessly, and that comes at great expense. BMM is proud to call themselves a partner to the animals and play whatever role we can in furthering Berkshire Humane Society’s mission,” said Allen Harris, founder of Berkshire Money Management.

The special presentation by the animal communicator offers guests the unique opportunity to commune with their pets, either past or present. Ms. Roadcap has established herself as one of the nation’s foremost communicators, helping thousands of pet owners gain a deeper understanding of their spiritual and physical connection to the animals in their life. According to her website,, she has been reading the thoughts of animals since childhood, and uses her gifts today to locate lost pets, find cures for unexplained illness and behavior, and stop animal abuse. Guests are encouraged to bring a photo of a pet with them to the event for a chance to receive a reading. More information about Ms. Roadcap’s services can be found at

The event is chaired by Leslie Weil, vice president for Berkshire Humane Society’s board of directors. Ms. Weil, along with a committee of board members, has collected a number of exciting offerings that guests may bid on during the silent and live auctions. A few key items include a one-week resort stay in Montauk, a spa day for two at Canyon Ranch, and an overnight stay at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont.

Tickets to Berkshire Humane Society’s Celebration of Compassion & Cocktails are $125 and must be purchased in advance by calling the shelter at (413) 447-7878 ext. 131. Find more information online at under Events.


Berkshire Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization. Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach. As a private non-profit, we are not affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) or any other animal welfare group, and receives no public funds from local, state, or federal sources. The welfare of companion animals and the future of Berkshire Human Society depend entirely on the compassion and generosity of the community.

Since its beginning, we have sheltered more than 50,000 homeless animals who are cared for and made available for adoption. In 2017, we took in more than 1,200 homeless animals, which represents a continuing decrease in numbers from past years. We believe that its expanding low-cost spay/neuter programs, community pet food pantry, and other lifesaving programs, have gone a long way to help keep pets in their homes and reduce pet overpopulation. We are also proud to place 100 percent of all adoptable dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals into new, responsible homes.  

Although Berkshire Humane Society is primarily known as a place to surrender pets and adopt a new family member, these are only a few of the services provided to the community.  We have developed into a valuable resource that provides a variety of programs for people as well as animals. Learn more at