Recently, the Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Council (“MSC”) awarded Karen Kruszyna of Cheshire, Massachusetts the 2014 Lillian Gribbons Award. The MSC is a statewide umbrella organization representing 14 member organizations and 300 clubs of sportsmen/sportswomen and other conservationists who enjoy a shared interest in protecting and enhancing natural resources. Each year, the MSC awards the Lillian Gribbons Award to a sportswoman who has tirelessly dedicated her time for the benefit of all sportsmen/sportswomen in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with little or no recognition.

This year, Ms. Kruszyna was recognized for her tireless efforts, especially her work with youth sportsmen/sportswomen in northern Berkshire County. Ms. Kruszyna is a member of the Adams Outdoorsmen for Youth (AOFY), and the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen (BCLS), the Adams Agricultural Fair Committee and serves on the Board of the Cheshire Rod & Gun Club. She assists with many local fishing derbies, including the AOFY and Youth Outreach Fishing Derby and with many BCLS functions. Ms. Kruszyna is an active sportswoman and, in 2012, was recognized for catching the largest striped bass in the women’s division of the Mass Salt Water Derby. In 2013, she was honored with the BCLS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Kruszyna is a legal assistant with Donovan & O’Connor, LLP. She has been with Donovan & O’Connor since 2004.

See also: Berkshire Eagle column on Ms. Krusznya’s award.