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“Battle of the Berkshires” Benefit Contest

THANK YOU for helping to make the 5th Annual N.B.T.A.
“Battle of the Berkshires” Benefit Contest a SUCCESS!

“The Battle of the Berkshires” ALL TROPHY* benefit contest held in Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 7, 2004, raised seventeen hundred and two dollars for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
*per NBTA rules—medals were awarded for Novice

20 teams and many soloists from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire took to the floor in friendly competition to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The event proved to be an excellent warm-up contest for the new twirling season with a practice gym connected to the main gym.

Comments about this year’s contest:
“Tracey and Elaine, You both deserve a great part of the credit for your hard work to make everything go so smoothly for the judges. Great Job!!”, Carolyn L.

“The contest ran like CLOCKWORK! Having eight judges, many tabulators and clerks give up their day for twirling and the Jimmy Fund certainly helped. Many hands make light work. Everyone reported ON TIME, even early!. Everyone took a quick lunch break and kept the contest kept moving. I was so amazed at how early we got out! 3:30 pm WITH a twirl-off!”, contest observer

The highlight of the day was a twirl-off of all first place solo winners in the Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner, Novice levels for the 2004 Battle of the Berkshires Twirl-Off trophies.

The twirl-off champions of the day were:


Alyssa Kane - Advanced
Laura Hunt - Intermediate
Jennifer McCurdy - Beginner
Kayla Pierce - Novice
(Pictured left)



NBTA judges who volunteered their services were:

Linda Friedman   Carolyn Letteney
Tina Holmes   Nancy Locke
Melissa Barnett   Barbara Paine
Kristi Kupras   Cate Senecal

Awards were donated by:
Annie Harding   Alyssa Kane
Diane Gangi George   Tina Holmes
Jordan Foster   Kristen Fenton
Leah Maio   Sarah Maio

We would like to thank those who volunteered, all participants and the teachers who supported this contest so early in the twirling season: Melissa Barnett, Darcy Beirne, Joanne Dion, Laurie Feinstein, Tracey Gangi, Peter Hall, Ann and Margaret Harding, Tina Holmes, Alex Kane, Barbara Kupras, Kristi Kupras, Nancy Locke, DeLynn Maio, Jenn McCormack, Holly Morin, Deanna Poulin, Colleen Tighe, Carol Trombley and the Gangi Strutters Parents.

SAVE THESE 2005 DATES: COACH OF THE YEAR CONTEST—SAT. MARCH 19, SPRINGFIELD, MA NORTHEAST REGIONALS & OPEN TOURNAMENT JUNE 11 & 12, BABSON COLLEGE

Press Release & Photos: Tracey Gangi and Elaine Kane, Contest Co-Directors

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