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Celebrating 50 Years
Springfield Technical Community College staged its 50th Anniversary Gala on April 28 at the Marriott in Springfield. The event drew more than 400 attendees, including past and present presidents, faculty members and staff, and supporters on many levels, including trustees and foundation board members. Below, from top to bottom: 50th Anniversary co-chairs Setta McCabe and Richard Parkin (right) with photographer and frequent STCC instructor Jim Langone; former STCC President Andrew Scibelli with his wife, Kitty; from left, Gary Fialky, retired partner with the law firm Bacon Wilson, Joe Sibilia, founder of Gasoline Alley, and Paul Stelzer, principal with Appleton Corp.; STCC President John Cook, who was inaugurated a day before the gala, with his daughter, Sawyer, son, Crawford, and mother, Nancy Codd Cook; from left, retired faculty members Marilyn Pooler and Joanne Cerato with current faculty member Margaret Woble-Valenski; Frederick and Marjorie Hurst, owners of African American Point of View (Frederick is a former trustee of the college); from left, Gail Carberry, president of Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and former vice president at STCC, and current college staff members Linda Padykula, Cynthia LaPlante, and Sharon Conte.
Horses, Hats, and Hors d’oeuvres
Short of heading to Churchill Downs, the Colony Club in Springfield was the place to go for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6. Hundreds of guests wore their finest hats, floral patterns, and pastels to celebrate the 143rd running of the annual race. The event has become a signature event for Square One, a regional nonprofit organization serving at-risk children and families. Presented by the Gaudreau Group, Northeast IT, and the Colony Club, with sponsorship support from NUVO Bank, American International College, Chicopee Industrial Contractors, and others, the event raised more than $20,000 to support Square One’s mission. Below, from top to bottom: Jeremy Casey, David Condon, and Justin Roberts looking dapper; from left, Square One President and CEO Joan Kagan, Christine Maiwald of Renaissance Advisors, Karen Tetrault of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., Werner Maiwald of Renaissance Advisors, and Kristine Allard, Jenise Katalina, and Joni-Beck Brewer, all with Square One; Joan Kagan and her husband, Dr. Steve Levine; Square One’s Chief Family Services officer, Joni Beck-Brewer, and husband, Bruce Brewer; Square One event volunteers Samantha Baker, Kelsey Allard, and Grace McConnell, all sophomores at Minnechaug High School in Wilbraham. (Photos by Deb Hanna Photography)