Support Group for Loss Due to Substance Abuse

July 10: HospiceCare in the Berkshires and the Berkshire Medical Center Pastoral Care Department host a monthly support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction. The group meets the second Monday of each month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Medical Center Chapel.

To register for the support group or for more information, call the BMC Pastoral Care Department at (413) 447-2251 or HospiceCare in the Berkshires at (413) 443-2994.


Jimmy Mazz Concert

July 19: The annual summer concerts at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham are underway. Local favorite Jimmy Mazz will perform at 6 p.m. on the front lawn at Orchard Valley, located at 2387 Boston Road in Wilbraham. The public is invited to enjoy his Vegas-style entertainment with a contemporary twist.

The free community summer concerts are held monthly during the summer months and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. For more information or to RSVP, call (413) 596-0006.

Brightside Golf Classic

July 24: More than 200 golfers are expected to participate in the 37th annual Brightside Golf Classic at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield.

“This event raises funds to continue Brightside’s mission to support our community’s most vulnerable children and their families,” said Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president of Fund Development for Mercy Medical Center and its affiliated services.

Two tee times are available. Breakfast and registration for the morning session begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch and registration for the second session will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The evening reception will be held immediately following the tournament from 5 to 8 p.m.

Prices include green fees, golf cart, breakfast or lunch, a gift and swag bag, and reception featuring cocktails, food stations, auction, networking, and live entertainment. On-course food and beverages will be provided by event sponsors throughout the day. Golfers will also be eligible for a chance to win prizes and participate in raffles during the day.

For more information on sponsorships, donations, and attending the event, contact Gearing-Kalill at (413) 748-9986 or allison.gearing-kalill@sphs.com. Information is also available at www.mercycares.com/brightside-golf-classic.


Healthcare Heroes

Oct. 19: HCN and BusinessWest Magazine will present the inaugural Healthcare Heroes Awards at ceremonies at the Starting Gate at Greathorse in Hampden.

This new recognition program was created by the twin publications to recognize outstanding achievement across the region’s broad and diverse healthcare sector. Nominations are currently being accepted in a number of categories, including ‘Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider’; ‘Innovation in Health/Wellness’; ‘Community Health’; ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and many others.

American International College is the presenting sponsor of Healthcare Heroes. Additional sponsors are Bay Path University, Baystate Health, Elms College, and Renew.calm.

Nominations are being accepted until July 10. Visit www.healthcarenews.com for more information.

Nominations will then be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winners will be honored on Oct. 19.

Tickets to the event are $75 each, with tables available for purchase. For more information or to order tickets, call (413) 781-8600.


Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass.

Nov. 2: Comcast Business will present the Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass. at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield, produced by BusinessWest and HCN.

The seventh annual business-to-business show will feature more than 150 exhibitor booths, educational seminars, breakfast and lunch programs, and a day-capping Expo Social. Current sponsors include Comcast Business (presenting sponsor), Inspired Marketing (show partner), MGM Springfield (corporate sponsor), Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst (education sponsor), and the Better Business Bureau (contributing sponsor). Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Exhibitor spaces are also available; booth prices start at $800. For more information on sponsorships or booth purchase, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100

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