Thank you to everyone one who joined us on July 4th for a Star Spangled Springfield.  We are fortunate to have generous sponsors and supporters to help us make it happen. 
 
While the summer continues to heat up, we will be planning the cooler weather activities.  Bright Nights at Forest Park will be here before you know it!
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  
- Judy Matt 
President
 
Star Spangled Springfield Sparkled
 
July 4th was a great evening to spend in Riverfront Park. Festival Field to the Memorial Bridge was packed with patriotic revelers.  They came to enjoy the music of Falcetti Music and Maxxtone.  They stayed for the amazing fireworks display, and they went home filled with pride for their community and their country.
 
Thank you to MassMutual Financial Group, the lead sponsor, as well as CBRE/Tower Square, Smith & Wesson, and MGM Springfield.  Other support came from the media, flatbed trailers and trucks, refreshments and more!  For the complete list visit spiritofspringfield.org. 
 
Take a look at the photo gallery on Flickr.  
Grucci Makes the Magic
 
For the 25th year, Fireworks by Grucci brought their rockets red glare and  so much more to Springfield to make for a Star Spangled Springfield.  They first sent a musical score for approval.  They submitted a second and third before it was perfect.  The next step was to choreograph every charge, each burst and every element of design to the rhythm, beat and spirit of the music.
 
Following the detailed plan, the crew of pyrotechnicians and Springfield Department of Public Works made it all happen.  They laid out boxes on the bridge for the ground effects.  They wired charges to three flatbed trailers.
 
Lead pyrotechnician David Van Buskirk listened on a head set provided by Mix 93.1 FM.  At the exact moment, he lit the electronic charges.  Magic was made.
Spin for Springfield Ride to Remember
 
Show your support for the Springfield Ride to Remember on Thursday, August 25 from 11AM to 2PM.  The Spirit of Springfield will be teaming up with 180 Fit Gym to fill 15 spinning bikes set-up outside on One Financial Plaza.
 
A 15-minute spin is $25 for individuals and $125 for a team of five.  All proceeds will go directly to build new soccer fields in the name of the Springfield Police Department Fallen Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina, and the Fallen Police Officers Memorial in Boston.  All riders will receive a souvenir Springfield Ride to Remember t-shirt and refreshments provided by Palazzo Café, Springfield Business Improvement District, NAI Plotkin and Aaron's Rentals.
            
To sign up, register on-line or contact nicole@spiritofspringfield.org.
Bright Nights Ball Silent Auction
 
Donations for the City of Bright Nights Ball have started to arrive at the  Spirit of Springfield.  There are tickets for Disney World, UMass-Amherst, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Charles Riverboat Company, Norman Rockwell Museum and more including overnight accommodations in Boston and Nashville. 
 
If you have a product or service you would like to donate to the Spirit of Springfield for the live or silent auction, contact amy@spiritofspringfiel.org.
Bright Nights Marketing Opportunities
   
To reach the hundreds of thousands of people who attend Bright Nights at  Forest Park, the Spirit of Springfield has great opportunities for small budgets.
 
Web Site Listing - $250
  • Includes Photo and contact information under the Visitor Information on brightnights.org for one year.
Program Book Advertisement
Full-Page - $1,000
Half-Page - $550
  • 50,000 printed and distributed one per car and one for every bus passenger.
 
To learn more or place an advertisement, contact amy@spiritofspringfield.org.
Congratulations Jesse 
and Suzanne Baker

The Spirit of Springfield was pleased to lend its support to Jesse Baker when he opened 180 Fit Gym at One Financial Plaza in 2014.  He has come a long way since building a first-class gym and finding the love of his life.  

Judy Matt was there for Jesse's next milestone when he wed Suzanne Rodrigues on the beach in Newport, RI.

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 26 Years of Springfield's 
Biggest, Best and Brightest 
In This Issue
Star Spangled Springfield Sparkled
Grucci Makes the Magic
Spin for Springfield Ride to Remember
Bright Nights Ball Silent Auction
Bright Nights Marketing Oppprtunities
Guest Column - Sgt. John Delaney, Springfield Police Department
Guest Column

Sergeant John Delaney,
Springfield Police Department

Nothing makes me more proud than being the founder and director of the "Ride-to-Remember."  In 2013, the Springfield Police Ride-to-Remember was started in memory of Officer Kevin Ambrose who was killed in the line-of-duty in September of 2012.

This year, we are raising money through rider registration and fundraising events to go to the "Schaivina - Beauregard Memorial Soccer Field".  Officers Michael Schaivina and Alain Beauregard lost their lives making an arrest 30 years ago. The field on Tinkham Road is overgrown and the dedication sign has fallen.  Both these Officers were my friends, Alain was my training officer.  If the roles were reversed and my name was on that monument, one of them would step up and get a proper memorial.

A new field is planned for South Branch Parkway with an awesome stone monument dedicated to these fallen police officers. The funds for this endeavor will come from the Ride-to-Remember.

I am so very thankful to the "Spirit of Springfield" for joining with me and the Ride-to-Remember to help raise funds to reach our goal. On August 25, from 11AM to 2PM. Judy Matt and her crew will be hosting the third annual "Spin-to-Remember".  180 Fit Gym us providing 15 spinning bikes that will be in front of One Financial Plaza provided.

I hope downtown businesses and individuals from across Western Massachusetts will come out and spin for a cause. All you have to do is sign up, give a donation and have fun! 

Mark your calendars  and set your alarms for 
Bright Nights 5K Road RaceREGISTRATION!

Monday, September 12
12AM
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