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Gala of Lights
The Spirit of Springfield held its 18th annual City of Bright Nights Ball Nov. 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the Springfield Sheraton in downtown Springfield. The black-tie event, with the theme ‘Under th Sea,’ raised money to support the award-winning Bright Nights in Forest Park, taking place through Jan. 5, and the many events presented by the nonprofit organization. From top, left to right: from left, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and wife Carla, Patti and Daniel Moen, president and CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System, Patrick Leary, shareholder and vice president of Moriarty and Primack, P.C., Kelley Tucky, Bright Nights Ball chair and vice president of Community and Public Affairs for MGM Springfield, and Richard Ross; Noreen and Mark Tolosky, president and CEO of Baystate Health; the Grand Ballroom is ready for guests; from left, Maj. Matthew Mutti, Col. Kenneth Lute, Col. James Keefe, and Brigadier Gen. Paul Smith salute the military after the singing of the National Anthem. (PHOTOS BY PAUL SCHNAITTACHER)
The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) recently hosted a Lunch with Gov. Deval Patrick, left, at the sold-out Springfield Marriott Grand Ballroom, right. The special event was an occasion for the governor to announce a $200 million investment in Phase 1 of the I-91 Springfield Viaduct project and $1.2 million to create a permanent home for Camp STAR Angelina at Forest Park. The investments are expected to be a catalyst for additional economic and community-development opportunities in the region.(PHOTOS BY DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY)
On Nov. 21, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) held its annual Government Reception at the Carriage House, Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield. The event provides a forum each year for attendees to meet with area legislators to make their voices heard. Left to right from top: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, left, and Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen speak with an attendee; Carl Breyer Jr., left, managing partner of Park Place Realty, and Ed Sullivan, mayor-elect of West Springfield; Chris Thompson, left, vice president of Business Development for the Springfield Falcons, converses with state Rep. James Welch.(PHOTOS BY DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY)
They Honor Us Whom We Honor
The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts recently celebrated the latest class of the Order of William Pynchon, the 98th annual awards event which honors distinguished civic service in the name of Springfield’s founder. Pictured, left, at the banquet held at Chez Josef, are 2013 Pynchon medalists, from left, Joan Kagan, president and CEO of Square One; Jean Caldwell, writer for the Boston Globe and American Baby magazine; Jean Gailun, advocate for reading education and the children of Springfield’s Kensington Avenue Magnet School; and Sirdeaner Walker, mother of 11-year-old bullying and suicide victim Carl Walker Hoover and now an advocate for bullying awareness, who was instrumental in the drafting and passage into law of the state’s 2011 anti-bullying bill. Right: from left, Susan Kline, chair of the Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) board of directors; Sally Fuller from Cherish Every Child; Alta Stark, Pynchon trustee and event chair and director of marketing and public relations for JGS; Richard Halpern, JGS board member; Martin Baicker, president and CEO of JGS; and Susan Halpern, vice president of philanthropy for JGS. (PHOTOS BY ED COHEN)
SkinCatering, a massage and skin-care spa for men and women, recently celebrated its grand opening on the second floor of Tower Square in downtown Springfield. The spa, whose team is Skin-Safe Certified by the Melanoma Foundation of New England, offers body and facial services as well as yoga and numerous specials. An open house welcomed the public to indulge in a few of the most popular services, including chair massages, at left, with massage therapists Ariel Gignac, left, and Amy Pearson. Right, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, center, congratulates Leanne Sedlak, owner and massage therapist, to his right, at the ribbon cutting. Holding the ribbon, from left, are Sedlak’s husband Scott, roofing specialist for Adam Quenneville Roofing and Siding; Don Courtemanche, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District; Sarno; Sedlak; and Kim Brunton Auger, lead esthetician.