The Spirit of Springfield's 25th anniversary publication is on its way to the printer. It was quite the labor of love which is being supported by Big Y World Class Markets, Bay Path College, Baystate Health, Carpenter Decorating, CBS3 Springfield, Comcast, Fireworks by Grucci, Hasbro, MassMutual, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, PeoplesBank, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Shriners Hospital for Children, Six Flags New England, Springfield Park Division's Walker Trust, The Republican and Western New England University.

I feel honored by the great outpouring of support from the community that already plays a major role in the Spirit of Springfield's on-going success.

Judy Matt 
Dr. Keroack Named Ball Chair

Baystate Health's President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Keroack accepted the role of being the City of Bright Nights Ball Chair to be held on Saturday, November 15 at the Sheraton Springfield. At an announcement held in the Tolosky Family Living Room at Baystate Medical Center, he was introduced by Kelley Tucky, Vice President, Community & Public Affairs-Eastern Region, MGM Resorts International and Chair of the 2013 "City of Bright Nights Ball."

With the lead from the invitation design by Leslie Bercume, Creative Services Project Leader, Health New England, she and Andrew Jensen, President of JX2 Productions, describe the décor that they were working on in conjunction with Durocher Florists. The gala is being entitled the Crystal Ball and kicks off Bright Nights at Forest Park's 20th season.

Tickets for the gala are $500 per couple and are available by contacting amy@spiritofspringfield.org.

Bright Nights Kicks-Off 20th Season

On the terrace of the Barney Carriage House, the Spirit of Springfield and the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management announced plans to celebrate Bright Nights at Forest Park's 20th season.

In addition to the 650,000 lights that decorate the three-mile drive through, there will be a new Kringle Market from December 3 through 7 and a winter carousel at the Gift Stop.

Paul Picknelly, who's father Peter Picknelly Sr., personally signed the original bank note for the displays, shared with the guests his calculations noting that if the cars from the past 19 seasons were lined end to end, they would stretch from Springfield to California and the buses from Springfield to Cape Cod.

Springfield Remembers    

With the Springfield Police and Fire Departments, the Spirit of Springfield held the annual September 11th Ceremony at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex. The solemn program featured the invocation by Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, traditional roll out of vehicles, laying of a wreath on the monument with bagpipe accompaniment by Springfield Police Sergeant David Kane, rifle salute and taps played by Joseph Pasternak, III. CBS3 Springfield's Cherise Leclerc serve as the program's mistress of ceremonies.

Special thanks to Dennis Leger, Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, who coordinates every detail, and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and retired Springfield Fire Captain Leo Lortie and his wife, Dot, for the refreshments.  
Another Road Race Sell-Out

The Bright Nights 5K Road Race registration opened at 12AM on Monday, September 8. By 12:20AM, 250 of the 500 available spots were taken. After that, registrations trickled in until the sun started to rise. Then there was another flourish activity until about 9:15AM when the last spot was taken by a runner from Hampden.

The wait list, which is currently over 100, continues to accept registrations. Should any runner opt out of the race before November 14, an applicant on the wait list will be contacted and given 24 hours to accept the bib number and make payment.
The Spirit of Springfield is a private, non-profit corporation
which produces high-quality,
large-scale events in the city of Springfield.
Our mission is to promote community events and
encourage civic pride.

Celebrating the city's biggest, best and brightest   
In This Issue
Dr. Keroack Named Ball Chair
Bright Nights Kicks-Off 20th Season
Springfield Remembers
Another Road Race Sell-Out

Guest Corner 

Mark Keroack, MD, MPH,

President & CEO,
Baystate Health


Having grown up in Springfield I enjoyed Forest Park as a child and now look forward to the spectacular lighting display that will transform the area during the holiday season. A drive through Bright Nights in Forest Park is certainly a wonderful benefit of returning to my hometown.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights in Forest Park and continues to offer joyous experiences and memorable occasions for families and friends.
I am honored to serve as this year's chair of the Bright Nights Ball, a special occasion that will launch the holiday season. This gala event raises funds to offset costs for Bright Nights, enabling continued enhancements of lighting displays and necessary maintenance.
On behalf of Baystate Health, I thank all individuals and organizations who will join us in support of the Spirit of Springfield as they launch the 20th year of lights that lifts our spirits and makes our city shine!    

 the array of City of Bright Nights Ball
live and silent
auction items
  including the
Viking River Criuse

2014 Calendar of Events!   

City of Bright Nights Ball
November 15
6:30 pm to 12 midnight
Sheraton Springfield 

Bright Nights at Forest Park
November 26 -
January 4
Closed December 1 & 2
Forest Park

Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons
Friday, November 28
11 am
Main Street

Bright Nights 5K Road Race
Monday, December 1
6:30 pm
Forest Park

215th Army Band Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 7
2:00 pm
Springfield Symphony Hall
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