This was the year that the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Berkshire County was supposed to move back to Pittsfield after having been held at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington for the past seven years. The Relay event, which was supposed have been held in June, had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the original event couldn’t happen in June, Relay For Life of Berkshire County has teamed up with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield to hold two events in the coming weeks at the insurance company’s Pittsfield Office at 700 South Street.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, Guardian Life will host “A Night of Hope,” during which the general public is invited to safely drive through the company’s parking lot and view illuminated luminary bags that are decorated and placed in memory or support of people touched by cancer.

We will be lining up the parking lot of Guardian Life with illuminated luminary bags. Each bag represents a person or family affected by cancer. ~ Ray Gardino, Event Lead for the Relay For Life of Berkshire County


A Night of Hope October 3rd


Guardian also will host a contactless drive-through canned good collection from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19th. Relay For Life volunteers will use the cans to anchor the luminaria bags on October 3rd and then distribute them to local food pantries. Participants are asked to place the canned goods in the trunks of their cars and remain in their vehicles, while masked Guardian volunteers remove the donations.

For more information about the Relay and how to dedicate a luminary, please visit the Relay For Life of Berkshire County website.

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