Mike McDorman, President & CEO
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
I met a realtor last week who recently moved to Springfield from a bigger city. She told me how she and her husband have fallen in love with our gem of a community, and how much they have appreciated the variety of opportunities to dress up, go out and enjoy the many events happening in and around downtown.
That has certainly been the case for me. Over the past month I have attended noteworthy events like the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kick Off, the Westcott Gala, and Community Mercy Foundation’s Gala. Like many other arts and non-profit groups operating throughout our community, these organizations are doing a very important work here in our community.
The Salvation Army, a Christian organization that offers support for children and families, held its annual Red Kettle Kickoff at the Courtyard by Marriott to get the community off to a good start on raising money for both Christmas, and its year-round programs designed to bring hope to individuals and families in need. Last year alone the Salvation Army touched more than 2,000 children through its various outreach and assistance programs. The organization runs more than a dozen programs for adults and children – from food and shelter assistance, to summer camps, in-school and after-school programs that nourish students’ minds, bodies and spirits.
With the theme “Make Ripples,” the fundraising luncheon brought in more than $34,000 to kick off the Christmas giving campaign that will help those adults and families in our community who need it the most!
The first ever Westcott Gala was a sold out affair. The event was held at Clark State’s Hollenbeck Bayley Center to celebrate 10 years of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright designed Westcott House. The house museum, located along East High Street, is the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, and was designed in 1906 and built in 1908.
The event featured guest of honor and world-renowned architect, Peter Bohlin, and celebrated the remarkable community of people who help make the $6 million renovated Westcott House a vibrant, dynamic and irreplaceable asset through their participation in tours, programs and events.
Each year, the Community Mercy Foundation holds a Gala to benefit the health of our city and county. This year’s event themed as “A Night in Tuscany” was held at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery at the Upper Valley Mall.
This year’s gala was arguably the most well attended in Springfield and will benefit Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) Chronic Care Centers as well as providing support for the only prescription assistance program in Clark and Champaign Counties, Community Mercy Med Assist.
The health assessments for these two counties found the number of adults with chronic disease exceeded the state average by 6 to 10 percent. To address this health concern, CMHP will operated two chronic care centers (one in Urbana and one in Springfield) to focus on delivering care to those with ongoing illness.
As chronic disease does not discriminate, anyone can benefit from individualized and continued care management for diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or emphysema and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease to name a few. This continuity of care can help patients achieve better overall health, reduce hospitalizations and enjoy life a little more.
Yes, there is plenty to do almost any night of the week in Springfield! Whether you want to enjoy the array of arts and recreation located here, or simply support one of the many non-profit benefits happening throughout the year, you do not need to go out of town to find it!
For more information on local happenings, go to: VisitGreaterSpringfield.com.
Have a Great Chamber Day!