2020 Ray DiStefano Citizenship Award

West Springfield Collaborative Accountability Reaches Everyone (CARE) Coalition

The West Springfield Collaborative Accountability Reaches Everyone (CARE) Coalition was established in 2014 after a call to action from community members and leaders, along with West Springfield Public School (WSPS) staff and leadership.  They were concerned about the opiate crisis, and were determined to create a safe, healthy, and drug-free community for our youth, with opportunities for success. Since its first meeting, held by WSPS in partnership with the West Springfield Mayor’s office, the CARE Coalition has continued to meet regularly and is led by representatives from 12 diverse community sectors, who together create comprehensive, community-driven strategies for change.

 

With the vision of substance-free youth in West Springfield, coalition efforts are focused on the mission of increasing awareness, providing education, and sharing information and resources to prevent underage alcohol and substance use. Events including community speakers, forums, trainings, and student assemblies have served to reduce stigma making this subject normative for family and community conversation. CARE has also been instrumental in implementing environmental strategies which have led to community-level change around youth alcohol access in West Springfield.

 

In 2018, the CARE Coalition was awarded funding under the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, a 5-year grant that seeks to help local coalitions strengthen community collaborations and employ sustainable environmental strategies to reduce youth substance use. Through this grant, the CARE Coalition Director and Coordinator attended the National Coalition Academy, where they received training on the essential processes required to establish and sustain highly effective substance use prevention coalitions and created five living-documents that will guide the CARE Coalition’s structure and function as the organization grows with West Springfield. CARE looks forward to building coalition capacity, effectiveness, and impact, while working together to make West Springfield safe, healthy, and drug-free!

 

The CARE Coalition is honored to accept the 2020 Ray DiStefano Citizenship Award and looks forward to their continued involvement and partnership!

Past Ray DiStefano Citizenship Award Recipients

  • Oscar Paquette* 1986
  • Raymond DiStefano* 1987
  • Bill & Nancy Geas 1988
  • Linda Healy 1989
  • Thomas Taylor* 1990
  • William Joseph 1991
  • Thomas Lagodich* 1992
  • Lorraine Martin* 1993
  • Robert J. Haas 1994
  • Westbank 1995
  • Aldo Bertera* 1996
  • Fred Guzik 1997
  • Lillian St. Pierre* 1998
  • Diane Crowell* 1999
  • Ted & Barbra Hebert 2000
  • Hon. Walter A. Defilippi 2001
  • Clifford S. Joseph* 2002
  • John J. DeFilipi* 2003
  • Anthony DiGiore 2004
  • Robert & Barbara Amsden 2005
  • Phyllis Austin – Bertera 2006
  • John & Scott Ansart 2007
  • Steve Buoniconti 2008
  • Gordon Pillsbury 2009
  • Ann & David* Crosier 2010
  • Allen Howard 2011
  • Mike & Rose Desrosiers 2012
  • Jack Pinkerman 2013
  • Domenic & Michelle Battista 2014
  • John & Mark Kenney (The Turkey Bowl) 2015
  • Soupy For Loopy Foundation, Inc 2016
  • The West Springfield Lions Club 2017
  • Lisa Light of Hope 2018
  • West Springfield Youth Sports Association​ 2019

2020 Olde Mittineague Award

Kelley & Katzer Real Estate

The West Springfield St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is recognizing a long time locally owned business, Kelley & Katzer Real Estate, with the Olde Mittineague Award, for their continued community support through charitable contributions and civic duties. Joe Kelley and Christine Katzer established their real estate company, Kelley & Katzer Real Estate in 2011. Since starting their new company, supporting the communities that they work in was their top priority, especially their hometown of West Springfield.  Joe has been a lifelong resident of West Springfield and Christine has called West Springfield her home since 1972.  Joe and Christine are grateful to be able to live and work in a town where Joe grew up, now with his wife, Keri are raising their four-month-old son Theodore and Christine with her husband, Chris has raised their son, Michael.  They know firsthand what a wonderful and special community that West Springfield is. Joe Kelley and Christine Katzer with their agents are committed to the Community of West Springfield and the surrounding communities. Kelley & Katzer has been the main sponsor of the Tour of Homes & a sponsor of the Flutes & Flavors which supports the West Springfield Boys & Girls Club, West Springfield’s Youth Sports, The Irish Cultural Center, The Jimmy  Fund along with many, many other organizations within the West Springfield Community and other outside communities.  Joe and Christine sincerely feel that giving back and helping in any way they can to their communities and various organizations that have been so supportive and helped them grow. Joe and Christine are deeply honored, “We never forget our roots, where we come from and giving back to those that have helped us along the way. We are deeply honored and very appreciative to receive this award.”

 

Kelley & Katzer Real Estate’s Charitable Contributions & Sponsorships

WS Parks & Rec Sports Teams

Soccer / Basketball / Softball / Baseball / Football

Operation Santa

The Mayor Winter Carnival

St Patrick’s Committee

St Thomas School / Church

Parish Cupboard

Irish Cultural Center

WS Boys & Girls Club

Jack Jonah Foundation

Rays of Hope

Jimmy Fund

Caritas Cancer Center

Mercy Hospital

Springfield Rescue Mission

Agawam Parks & Rec Sports Teams

Soccer / Basketball / Softball / Baseball

Stanley Park – Westfield

Past Olde Mittineague Award Winners

  • Reds Towing & Service Station….…..………..1996
  • West Side Hardware………….……………..……….1997
  • Powers Restaurant & Café……………………….1998
  • Quick as a Wink Printers…………………………..1999
  • Toomey O’Brien Funeral Home………………..2000
  • Budget Signmakers……………………….………….2001
  • West Springfield Record…………………..………2002
  • Ye Old Butcher shoppe………………………………2003
  • Curran – Jones Funeral Home….……………..2004
  • Elm Street Flowers………………………….…….…2005
  • Majestic Theater Project……………………….….2006
  • Curry Printing…………………….……….………..2007
  • Balise Auto……………………….…………….….…..2008
  • Lally’s Pipe & Book……………………………………2009
  • Pintu’s Indian Palace……………….2010
  • Formal Affair……………………….2011
  • Liquori’s Pizza…………………..….2012
  • Sullivan Paper………………………2013
  • Russo Opticians Jerry & Karen Drudi………2014
  • The Donut Dip, the Shields Family…..………2015
  • Partners at the Cup……………………………………2016
  • West Springfield Federal Credit Union……2017
  • E & J Landscaping, Erin & Joel Rulnick………2018
  • Sorrento Pizza………………………………………..2019

2020 "Jinx" Powers Award

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson originally from Holyoke is a fourteen-year resident of West Springfield where he resides with his wife Karen and daughters Kytianna, Savhana, and Aryanna. He’s so much more than a resident – he’s a true citizen and patriot. Chris has been an active member of the West Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee since 2009 and held leadership roles within the committee and is currently the committee president. He’s most noted for sharing his creative design and carpentry skills over the last decade and incorporating the West Springfield Middle School students into the float through developing a sketch competition to guide the committee in the design of the float. 

 

Chris’ love for his community extends to his country as he proudly serves in US Air Force Reserves stationed at Westover Air Reserve Base. 

 

Chris humbly accepted the 2020 prestigious Jinx Powers award recognizing his dedication and commitment to the community. He truly enjoys leading the team of volunteers in creating the festive parade float with his daughters by his side. His proudest moment is bringing the committee volunteers together to launch the float and watching parade goers smile as it makes its debut down the parade route.

Past "Jinx" Power Awards

  • 2002…………………………………Martha McNamara*
  • 2003……………………………………Charlene Joseph
  • 2004……………………….Mary Jane “M.J.” Landry*
  • 2005……………………………….…Winnie Hopkins 
  • 2006………………………………….……..Lexie Detz 
  • 2007……………………………….…Connie Kennedy 
  • 2008………………………….……….…Jim Sheridan  
  • 2009…………………………………………Mark Drugan
  • 2010……………………………………..Maureen Young
  • 2011………………………………………Nancy McLean*
  • 2012…………………………………………..Dan Patten*
  • 2013………………………………………..Ann Morrison
  • 2014………………………………………William Joseph
  • 2015……………………………………………Justin Foley
  • 2016……………………….Robert “Bob” McNamara
  • 2017………………………Maureen Brady Sheridan
  • 2018……………………Greg Spear
  • 2019……………………….Joan Patten

2020 Senior Colleen

Shelby Mason

Shelby Mason was crowned the 2020 West Springfield Senior Colleen on January 25th with her family by her side. Shelby is a longtime resident of West Springfield where she and her late husband raised their      children, whom also call Westside their home. Shelby has been active in her community throughout the years serving as secretary to her church council, volunteering at monthly veterans’ lunches and was once a Boy Scout leader. 

 

Shelby enjoyed a long and successful career as an administrative assistant for Big Y Corporation. Sadly, she lost her beloved husband and best friend of thirty seven years to lung cancer in 2018. Shelby was along his side throughout all of his treatments. Throughout their journey she realized many survivors were fighting their battles alone, some even relying on    public transportation to get them to their treatments. This experience has now inspired her to expand her goodwill and volunteerism to other cancer survivors who are ‘going it alone’ to provide rides and accompany them to treatments and appointments. Shelby and her family honor their Irish    heritage by having the Celtic cross engraved on her husband’s monument. When Shelby is not spending time with her family or helping others she enjoys traveling, a night out with her son to the casino and loves a good laugh! 

Please join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of West Springfield in congratulating Shelby as the 2020 Senior Colleen.

Past Senior Colleens

  • Mary Flaherty…………………………………..…………………….2014
  • Arleen Collins…………………………………………………………2015
  • Maureen Cragen…………………………………………………….2016
  • Wendy Ward……………………………………………………………2017
  • Tina Wood…………………………………………………………………2018
  • Carol Duffy…………………………………………………..2019

2020 Float Designer

Makenna Blanton

Makenna Blanton currently attends 8th grade at the West Springfield Middle School.  She is 13 years old and has lived in West Springfield Massachusetts her whole life with her parents Ty and Sue and her two Maltese Poodle Dogs Abby and Rosie, whom she loves very much. Makenna also currently attends CCD at St Thomas Church.  Makenna has been swimming since a very early age and joined the West Side Torpedoes swim team at 6 years old. She currently holds the record for the 50-yard freestyle in the 9-10 age group.  In 6th grade Makenna ‘s wrote a short story that was chosen and published in the Spine Chillers 2018 edition by Young Writers USA.  She finds so much enjoyment listening to music during her free time.  Makenna continues her love of music by playing guitar with her father, Ty.  Since Makenna was little, art has been an ongoing hobby.  Her love of art has helped her win the 2020 West Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee float design contest that will carry the 2020 West Springfield Colleen and her Court during the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade.

Past Float Designers

  • 2016 – Rosemary Fontaine

  • 2017 –

  • 2018 – Michael St. Jean

  • 2019 – Emma Tryba