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Night at the Museum

Partygoers recently donned their most elegant outfits for an annual fund-raising event, the Springfield Museums Holiday Gala. Guests gathered in the Science Museum for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, where they toured the Gingerbread Fairy Tales exhibit, then enjoyed dinner in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The event helps underwrite the many educational programs at the Springfield Museums. Top: from left, Carol Moore Cutting, owner, WEIB; Beverly Hill; and Willie Hill, director, UMass Fine Arts Center. Middle: from left, artist Doug Brega; Carol Leary, president, Bay Path College; and Richard Flynn, president, Springfield College. Bottom: from left, Debbie DeBonis, payroll manager, Mass. Career Development Institute; Rick DeBonis, senior vice president, Hampden Bank; Mark Bartos, account executive, abc40/FOX6; Mary Ellen Scott; and Roy Scott.

(Photos by Ed Cohen)

Ringing the Opening Bell

To celebrate the bank’s transfer from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange, Michael Daly, CEO of Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Berkshire Bank, rang the NYSE opening bell on Nov. 29 at 9:30 am. Transfer to NYSE is a significant step in the growth and success of the company. Before the transfer, the company’s stock was listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The company began NYSE trading on November 19 and retains the ticker symbol BHLB. Seen here, from left, are Pat Sullivan, executive vice president, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management; Richard Marotta, executive vice president, Risk Management; Sean Gray, executive vice president, Retail Banking; Daly; Larry Bossidy, board chair; Linda Johnston, executive vice president, Human Resources; and Kevin Riley, CFO.

Bacon and Basketball

UMass Minutemen basketball coach Derek Kellogg, pictured at top before a filled Center Court, was the keynote speaker for December’s Affiliated Chambers of Commerce Breakfast Club at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Middle: emcee Scott Coen of the River 93.9 and WHMP congratulates Claudine Gaj, owner and chef of the Magic Spoon catering company, who was one of the companies saluted during the morning event. Bottom: Steve Hayes of the Drama Studio introduces a young actress to perform a scene from The Little Princess.