Celebrating Springfield's Biggest, Best and Brightest

In case you have not heard, the City of Bright Nights Ball will be held at the new MGM Springfield Resort Casino on November 10. We are excited to be a part of their inaugural season. Their team and our committee have grand ideas to make it the #partyoftheyear.
This is just one of the many projects we are working on . . . September 11th Memorial, World's Largest Pancake Breakfast, Star Spangled Springfield and so much more!

- Judy Matt 
City of Bright Nights Ball Heading to MGM Springfield
Spread the word! The City of Bright Nights Ball is heading to MGM Springfield on November 10.
Monarch Place President, Paul Picknelly, made the announcement that the gala would be taking a one-year hiatus from the Sheraton Springfield to help MGM Springfield celebrate its opening. He then announced Mike Mathis, MGM Springfield President, as the chair of the black-tie gala, who declared it would be "the party of the year."
Tony Gleason, II, with David Johndrow, of Gleason-Johndrow Landscaping and the 2017 City of Bright Nights Ball Co-Chairs, offered some sage advice to the new Chair. Spirit of Springfield Chair, Attorney Melinda Phelps, praised all who support the Spirit of Springfield and the organization's mission to bring the community together in celebration.
Many have already committed their support to sponsor the gala which is the Spirit of Springfield's largest fundraiser of the year. These include Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, The Colvest Group, and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. 
Make your reservation today!

Golfing for The Spirit
The field of golfers and supporters for the Spirit of Springfield Golf Classic have been coming across the green for the June 1 tournament at Franconia Golf Course. Every golfer will receive a premium golf shirt compliments of the Springfield Business Improvement District and golf balls from the Sheraton Springfield.
Register your foursome, sign-up to be a tee or Community Spirit Sponsor today at spiritofspringfield.org. It has been noted to be one of the fastest moving tournaments, and it is on a Friday with a 10am start time.
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Entertainers Wanted for World's Largest Pancake Breakfast  
Make your mark on Springfield by performing at the World's Largest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 12.  There are two entertainment areas available, sponsored by United Bank, and thousands to entertain.  
It is a wonderful opportunity for you, your group, dance studio, chorus to participate in the iconic Springfield event.  It is a memory to last a life time.

Registrations are being accepted on-line.
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Free Student Tickets Available for World's Largest Pancake Breakfast
Cities and towns are signing up for free tickets for students to enjoy a hot-hearty breakfast on Saturday, May 12,  The Spirit of Springfield's goal is to distribute more than 60,000 tickets.  American Medical Response (AMR) has already agreed to distribute them town by town and school by school.

To-date, more than 27,000 will be going to Springfield students.  Requests are also in from West Springfield, Chicopee, Pioneer Valley Christian School and several others.

Tickets and fliers are printed by Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health New England.  The hospital kitchen staff will be mixing up the 500 gallons of pancake batter.
The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard confirmed they will be back in Springfield Symphony Hall on December 9 for the annual holiday concert.  Big Y World Class Markets will be distributing tickets from their Western Mass. stores in November.  
In This Issue
City of Bright Nights Ball Heading to MGM Springfield
Golfing for The Spirit
Entertainers Wanted for World's Largest Pancake Breakfast
Breaking News
Guest Column - Chris Russell, Springfield Business Improvement District
Guest Column

Chris Russell
Executive Director
Springfield Business Improvement District

As the Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) and one of the newest members of the Spirit of Springfield Board of Directors, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Judy and her team and be more involved in the many great programs this organization offers. The SBID has always worked in tandem with the Spirit of Springfield, from offering logistical support for the Pancake Breakfast to assisting in fundraising efforts for many of their great initiative and programs including the City of Bright Nights Ball and most recently Springfield's September 11th Monument.

Our mission to facilitate growth has never been more prevalent than it is today. The "Renaissance of Springfield" is on the horizon and we are seizing every opportunity to create a dynamic public realm and boost economic vitality and this is exemplified through our partnership with the Spirit of Springfield.

Spring is in the air and I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you our 4th annual Restaurant Week. From April 20-29th, we invite the community to come together and celebrate the ever-growing food culture in Springfield. With over 30 participating restaurants in all nine neighborhoods offering everything from breakfast to fine dining there is something for everyone. A full list of participants, menus and special events can be found at springfielddowntown.com. Enjoy!

We here at the SBID are proud to have a role in the "Renaissance of Springfield" and look forward to what the future has to offer in making this great city of ours a destination to Live, Work & Play.

Saturday, November 10
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Our mission is to promote community events and encourage civic pride.

Celebrating Springfield's  Biggest, Best and Brightest!