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Mayor Sarno Joined with Spirit of Springfield to Announce MGM Springfield President and COO Chris Kelley as 2022 Honorary Chair for World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood, Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi and city officials joined with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield Board Chair John Sjoberg, 2021 World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast Honorary Chair Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and many supporters and sponsors to announce the 2022 Honorary Chair for this year’s World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast celebration. This year’s Honorary Chair is MGM Springfield President and COO Chris Kelley.

Mayor Sarno states, “I am excited to join with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield team to announce the return of our beloved World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast on May 14, 2022.  Congratulations to this year’s honorary chair MGM Springfield President and COO Chris Kelley!  This is a well-deserved honor as MGM Springfield has been a great corporate supporter of our community, especially throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.  I also deeply appreciate all of our benefactors and sponsors for making this hallmark event such a success.  This will be a huge boost for the moral of our city and the region as we continue to move our city forward post-COVID-19 pandemic.  Looking forward to seeing everyone downtown for a good pancake breakfast.” 

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen as this year’s Honorary Chair of the Spirit of Springfield’s World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast!  What we need more than ever right now is an event designed to bring families, friends, and neighbors together,” said MGM Springfield President and COO Chris Kelley.  “The annual Pancake Breakfast has done just that since 1986 in what has become a treasured tradition in our community.  I am excited to put on an apron, flip some flapjacks, and see everyone on May 14th!”

In addition to MGM Springfield, the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast is supported by Monson Savings Bank and TD Bank, and the generous donations from area businesses including Baystate Health, Cabot Creamery, Costco, Elegant Affairs, Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, H.P. Hood, Mansfield Paper Company, MassMutual Center, Mercy Medical Center, Performance Foodservice, Quality Beverage, Republic Services, Sheraton Springfield, Smithfield Packaged Meats, Springfield Business Improvement District, as well as the Springfield Police, Fire, Parks, and Public Works Departments.

Cooking, serving, selling tickets and keeping the tables clean will be hundreds of volunteers representing 94.7 WMAS, Armoury Quadrangle Civic Association, Baystate Charter Academy, Bethel Child Care Services, Law Office of Maurice Powe, SATCO (PVTA), Springfield Code Enforcement/Building Division, Springfield Thunderbirds, Springfield UNICO, The Q 99.7, United States Postal Service, Western Mass News, Western Mass. Square Round Dance Association, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, and more.

“We have had such a great out pouring of support from donors and supporters, and an overwhelming number of requests from area schools for complimentary student tickets,” said Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.  “This year is sure to be one of the biggest and best pancake breakfasts in many years.”

Also participating in the 2022 World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast will be Dunkin’,  WWLP-22News, Western Mass News, Massachusetts Army National Guard, businesses and community service organizations promoting their services.  There will be a performance by the Sci-Tech High School Band and many others.

Springfield’s annual flapjack feast will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 8am to 11am on Main Street from State Street to Bridge Street.  Admission to the event, beverages, and activities are free.  Breakfast of pancakes and bacon is $3, $1 for children under 12, and free to 70,000 public school students receiving advance tickets.

For more information about the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, visit or contact the Spirit of Springfield at 413-733-3800 or

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