Mission The purpose of the Bill Petravage Memorial Foundation (BPMF) is to honor the memory and personal characteristics of Bill Petravage by supporting our community and organizations that work with at risk teens and young adults in Western Massachusetts.
History BPMF was founded in the fall of 2009 and incorporated shortly thereafter. The foundation was created by a group of Bill's friends in his memory as a way to honor him after his passing. BPMF, based in Franklin County, is dedicated to assisting young people in crisis with the hope of reducing the number of suicides and incidences of self harm in that age group.
What we do BPMF primarily promotes and funds previously established organizations in western Massachusetts that work with teens and young adults as it gains its footing in the community and builds its supporter base.
In the past, BPMF held essay contests for western Massachusetts students in grades 9-12. The purpose of the contest was to raise awareness of the problems facing teens that could potentially put them in a state of crisis. Students were asked to highlight positive strategies they utilized for coping with these issues. BPMF has also sponsored poster design contests for high school students.
Annually, a BPMF booth can be found at the Franklin County Pumpkinfest. Proceeds from sales during the Pumpkinfest go towards supporting the Brick House, Dial/Self, and the Bill Petravage Scholarship Fund.