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SPRINGFIELD — It will be “Cherry Blossoms Under the Moonlight” for the 2021 City of Bright Nights Ball on Saturday, Nov. 13, when the event returns to MGM Springfield for the third time.

This morning at MGM Springfield, Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt joined Shawn Pace, site manager for Eastman’s Springfield plant; Mayor Domenic Sarno; Chris Kelley, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield; Dennis Duquette, president of the MassMutual Foundation and head of Community Responsibility for MassMutual; sponsors; committee members; and members of the Spirit of Springfield board of directors to announce Shawn Pace as the gala’s chair and Eastman as the sponsor.

“We believe that supporting the Spirit of Springfield’s efforts to bring the community together in celebration, especially during these difficult times, is important,” said Pace, Eastman Indian Orchard site manager. “In addition to our other community contributions, we are proud to serve as sponsor of the 2021 City of Bright Nights Ball.”

Additional support for the City of Bright Nights Ball is provided by MassMutual, which was the lead sponsor of the 2019 gala and will serve as this year’s Chairman’s Reception Sponsor. Golden Circle Sponsors include American Medical Response, Baystate Health, the Colvest Group, Comcast, Country Bank, FR Investment Group, Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, Health New England, MGM Springfield, MP CPAs, New England Business Machine, Sheraton Springfield, and the Springfield Business Improvement District.

“We are gratified by the response from our sponsors and supporters who are happy that this unique event will happen again,” Matt said. “As with Bright Nights itself going forward last year, there is a feeling that people need a time like this, to come together safely and celebrate all that is good in Springfield and to continue to support the smiles that Bright Nights has generated. We are grateful for Eastman’s ongoing commitment to our community and the new relationship we are building with this international company.”

The décor and dinner will be themed with cherry blossoms. Andrew Jensen from JX2 Productions and Dan Stezko with his team at Flowers, Flowers! have been hard at work designing the look in flowing pinks and flowers. The culinary team at MGM Springfield, led by Executive Chef Chris Smigel, will serve a dinner featuring braised short ribs, pan-seared diver scallops, seared trumpet mushroom ‘scallops,’ and a dessert complete with a touch of cherry cotton candy.

For information about being a sponsor of the City of Bright Nights Ball or purchasing tickets, contact the Spirit of Springfield at (413) 733-3800 or [email protected].

Business Talk Podcast Special Coverage

We are excited to announce that BusinessWest, in partnership with Living Local, has launched a new podcast series, BusinessTalk. Each episode will feature in-depth interviews and discussions with local industry leaders, providing thoughtful perspectives on the Western Massachuetts economy and the many business ventures that keep it running during these challenging times.

Episode 58: March 29, 2021

George O’Brien talks with Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield

Bright Nights will go on in 2020

On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield. The two have a lively discussion about the toll the pandemic has taken on this nonprofit and the many types of events it stages for the region, and how, if all goes well,  2021 could be a bounce back year for this important institution. They also talk about just how critical SOS events, like Bright Nights, the Fourth of July fireworks, the pancake breakfast, and the  Big Balloon Parade are to the quality of life in this region. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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