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F.L. Roberts and Co. staged its inaugural Managers Meeting and Awards Dinner on March 15 at the Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The fourth-generation, Springfield-based company operates gas station/convenience stores (including truck-refueling facilities and the Whately Diner), Golden Nozzle Car Washes, and Jiffy Lubes. Managers of these facilities were honored in sales and service categories. From top: the hosts for the evening, Georgianne Roberts and Steve Roberts. Attendees gather outside the Premier Ballroom. Front row (from left): Ann Cooper; Debra Smith; Richard Smith, vice president of Operations for F.L. Roberts; and Rachel Templen, Loyalty Services product manager; back row (from left): Bob Cooper, director of sales at Pine State Trading Co.; Susan Curren, account manager, the Ostler Group; Benji Burton, partner, Account Services, the Ostler Group; and Kalina Friendt, Retail Rewards product-support supervisor at Fidelity National Information Services. Roberts spins a wheel for an attendee prize with help from Nancy Goldstein of Amazing Celebrations LLC.
The Women’s Fund of Western Mass. (WFWM) recently staged its 15th anniversary celebration at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, an event that celebrated the organization’s many investments in women and girls across the region. Titled “Redefining What’s Possible,” the gala featured the Standing on Her Shoulders awards and a presentation by Luma Mufleh, the inspirational founder and coach of the Fugees Family, a soccer team that includes players from 28 war-torn countries (Fugees is short for refugees). The team’s story is currently being made into a motion picture by Universal Studios. From top: the Accidentals (the Longmeadow Girls Choir) perform with honorees on stage. Women’s Fund board members (from left) Michelle Depelteau, business manager for United Personnel; Kathy Cardinale, president of Cardinale Design; and Shonda Pettiford, assistant director of Communications for the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass. Carla Oleska, CEO of the Women’s Fund; Dr. Joanna Kelly; and honoree Dr. Gloria Lomax, Holyoke Community College. Mufleh delivers her keynote address.