Baystate Medical Center’s annual holiday luncheon was held on Friday, Dec. 16. Organized by the Work Life Strategies Department, the event showcases the musical talents of Baystate employees each year. At left, members of ‘Visiting Voices,’ a choral group consisting of staff members from the Baystate Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, perform ‘Winter Wonderland.’
Carlos Cintron, team leader for patient financials at Baystate,
and an annual crowd pleaser, hams it up during a rendition
of ‘Jingle Bell Rock.’
Members of the Baystate VNA’s Visiting Voices choral
group entertain the crowd with their music and their festive headgear.
Those in attendance at the event were asked to open
their programs and join in the entertainment for the finale, with
a rendition of ‘Deck the Halls.’
On Thursday, November 17, the American Cancer Society’s Greater Springfield Unit and the Urban League partnered to present an afternoon of Great American Smokeout activities for local youth at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center in Springfield. Kids took turns kicking Ciggy’s butt, the Society’s life-size inflatable cigarette. They also participated in a smokeout poster contest, and temporarily tattooed themselves with smokefree messages. Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. 45.4 million Americans are addicted to tobacco; roughly one in four adults and one in five teenagers in the United States are smokers. This year, millions of smokers took part in the American Cancer Society’s 29th annual Great American Smokeout. For nearly three decades, the Society has designated the third Thursday of each November as a day for smokers nationwide to unite and kick the deadly habit of smoking. These kids know the dangers of smoking, and have pledged to remain smokefree.
The Annual AIDS CARE/Hampshire County Chocolate Buffet and Silent Auction, held to raise money for AIDS research and care programs, was a rousing success on November 13. Above, Darren Pierce, co-owner of Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters, which donated the coffee for the event, poses with a future Pierce Brothers CEO. At left, auction co-chairs Erin Vorwerk, chocolate chair (left) and Cynthia Tillson, auction chair, take a moment from planning to smile for the camera.