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The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield recently invited members and business folk to ‘clown around’ at a recent After 5 networking event to highlight Shriners Hospitals for Children. The event, held at the Melha Shrine Center in Springfield and sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, gave attendees an opportunity to network in a casual atmosphere as they enjoyed entertainment from the Shriners clowns. Left: Gary Spear (“Gilligan”) shares some laughs with Peg Daoust, branch manager of Hampden Bank on Boston Road in Springfield. At right: Jonathan George (“Dimples”) is flanked by Dawn Creighton, left, regional director for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and Jill Monson, CEO of Inspired Marketing.
In mid-January, the first edition of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield’s (YPS) monthly CEO Luncheon featured Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, who spoke to an intimate group of 25 YPS members. Attendees listened to Sarno’s thoughts about the city’s strengths and challenges, and asked questions about a potential MGM Springfield casino, education in the city’s middle and high schools, public safety, and future downtown living for young professionals.