Kathy Singer had a heartfelt wish for Berkshire County Kids Place's 25th year.

That it no longer existed.

iBerkshires.com reports Berkshire County Kids Place is for children and families traumatized by physical and sexual abuse, for children suffering broken bones and broken hearts, children who "have witnessed things that they should never ever have seen."

The agency is funded through the state Department of Children and Families, grants and donations.

It works closely with related agencies and the Berkshire County district attorney's office to serve the more than 400 children that pass through its doors each year.

To keep Kids Place a reality, state Rep. Paul Mark has been leading the charge to ensure increased funding for the state's 12 child advocacy centers.

The gala brings in thousands of dollars for Kids Place each year.

Friday's event, the "Diamonds and Ice 25th Anniversary Gala," drew hundreds of attendees and donations for a silent auction ranging from lunch with local officials to airfare and Cape Cod vacations.

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