Thanks to everyone who supported and came out for the World's Largest 
Pancake Breakfast. It was a great way for the Spirit of Springfield to kick-off our 25th season.

Now, we are setting our sights on the Spirit of Springfield Golf Classic being held this Friday at Franconia Golf Course. We have a full field of golfers and supportive sponsors, including Western Mass News.


Judy Matt


World's Largest Pancake Breakfast 

was a WOW! Pancake


Thousands joined the Spirit of Springfield on Main Street for the World's Largest Pancake Breakfast. With the support of MGM Springfield, product and service donors, and volunteers, approximately 12,000 people joined us in the middle of Main Street on Saturday, May 16. Some came for the pancakes. Some came for the performances. All came for the camaraderie. 


No one seemed to mind the long lines. There was plenty to keep them entertained. There were costumed characters, two performance stages and exhibitors handing out information 

and giveaways. 


Check out all the photos at    


New Supporters for the Pancake Breakfast

Several new organizations asked, "How can we help?" The Spirit of Springfield was quick to respond. 
National Ambulance delivered nearly 60,000 free student tickets to Springfield and schools 
in the surrounding area. 
Gleason Johndrow Landscaping augmented the Massachusetts Army National Guard filling a truck with pancakebatter, setting up tables and chairs, distributing and collecting products at the breakfast.

Carando Classic Italian volunteers assisted the Springfield Police Department K-9 Unit with the photo fundraiser in Court Square.


Wells Fargo Financial Advisors staffed the headquarters.


The Spirit of Springfield relies upon donations and volunteers to present events like the

World's Largest Pancake Breakfast.


Thanks to all that supported this year's flapjack feast!

Springfield Rotary Marks Centennial

The Spirit of Springfield was honored to be a recipient of the Rotary Club of Springfield's 

100th Anniversary Grants. The $1,000 contribution will be used to help underwrite musical performances by Springfield youths at Star Spangled Springfield.

Star Spangled Springfield
sponsored by
MassMutual Financial Group
Saturday, July 4  
7 pm to 10 pm 
Riverfront Park, Downtown Springfield

Full Field for Spirit of Springfield 
Golf Classic

There will be 120 golfers taking to Franconia Golf Courses Fairways on Friday, June 5. Sponsored by Western Mass News, the Spirit of Springfield Golf Classic is one of two fundraisers the organization holds. The other is the City of Bright Nights Ball in November.


Besides the scrumptious dinner to be served by Bentley's Bistro, one of the highlights will be the friendly competition between Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan, Westfield Mayor Dan Knapik, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos who took home the coveted Mayor's Cup in 2014. 


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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 25 Years of Springfield's
Biggest, Best and Brightest 
In This Issue
World's Largest Pancake Breakfast was a WOW!
New Supporters for the Pancake Breakfast
Springfield Rotary Marks Centennial
Full Field for Spirit of Springfield Golf Classic
Guest Corner
Guest 6 2015

Bill Metzger

Operations Manager  

Gleason Johndrow Landscaping


I would like to thank the 

Spirt of Springfield for the opportunity to assist with 

this year's World's Largest Pancake Breakfast. Working with Judy, Amy, Nicole, Peter and the rest of the group was a great experience. Our company had recently moved into the city of Springfield 

and I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community.


When I researched the Spirit of Springfield and the pancake breakfast, I knew that was our calling. I approached the owners Anthony Gleason II and Dave Johndrow and introduced the idea of volunteering for the breakfast. Tony and Dave loved the idea, so at that point I reached out to The Spirit of Springfield looking to see what we could do to assist. 


Our company was tasked with moving and delivering the batter, assisted with table and chair set up and were responsible for the re-stocking of the eating and beverage stations with paper products, bacon, juice, etc. We used a team of myself and about 18 of our staff members. We arrived at 4 am that Saturday morning and had a blast contributing to the success of the Spirit of Springfield's World's Largest Pancake Breakfast. Our staff loved it and most of their families stopped by for breakfast and to say hello to their mom or dad who were volunteering. 


I look forward to being part of this event for years to come and am glad that Gleason Johndrow Landscaping was able to help out in a meaningful manner. 


Thank you Springfield.

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