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February 13, 2015                                                                                                 

DevelopSpringfield to Host 4th Celebrate Springfield Annual Dinner

SPRINGFIELD, MA—DevelopSpringfield will be hosting its 4th annual dinner event in celebration of Springfield and the many accomplishments the community has achieved over the past year along with exciting new initiatives underway.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Festivities will include a reception with live music by the Eric Bascom Trio, auction activities, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres; followed by dinner, a brief program and presentations.

Our Platinum Sponsors this year are MassMutual Financial Group, Baystate Health and Health New England.  Many other local businesses and organizations are also supporting our work as sponsors and participants at the event.

DevelopSpringfield will once again be presenting its Partner in Progress Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of three individuals toward revitalization in Springfield.  Honorees are selected for their leadership and ability to motivate and inspire others. This year’s honorees are:  Jerald Jay Griffin, co-founder of Harambee and the Stone Soul Festival; Kevin E. Kennedy, Chief Development Officer for the City of Springfield, and Evan C. Plotkin, President and Owner of NAI Plotkin.

In addition to the program and award presentations, greetings will be provided by the Honorable Mayor Domenic Sarno for the City of Springfield followed by greetings from Jay Ash, newly appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The celebration is a benefit event; all proceeds will support DevelopSpringfield’s redevelopment initiatives, projects and programs.  More than 450 attendees including, federal, state and city officials, leaders from the business and non-profit communities, and local residents are expected to come together in support of ongoing efforts to advance development and redevelopment projects, to stimulate and support economic growth, and to expedite the revitalization process within the City.

Registration and sponsorship information is available on DevelopSpringfield’s website at www.developspringfield.com or by contacting Paige Thayer at 413-209-8808 or via email at pthayer@developspringfield.com.  RSVP by February 23, with purchase of seating/ticket ($75/person) is required to attend.

 

About DevelopSpringfield

DevelopSpringfield was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation to advance development and redevelopment projects, to stimulate and support economic growth, and to expedite the revitalization process within the City of Springfield. The organization’s board of directors includes representatives from the city, state, and local business community. The organization’s mission is to help create conditions that encourage private development with a bricks-and-mortar focus and always with an eye toward understanding and meeting Springfield’s unique and diverse redevelopment needs.


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