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Putting for a Purpose

Monson Savings Bank President and CEO Dan Moriarty (right) recently met with Stacey Perlmutter (left), director of Development for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Springfield, and Fezzy Bear, the Shriners’ ambassador, to present the bank’s $1,500 donation to the Shriners’ Putting for a Purpose Mini Golf Tournament. The hospital provides treatment to children regardless of families’ financial capabilities and relies on donations from events, like its fund-raising mini-golf event, to provide expert care. This year’s event is set to take place Sept. 9-11 at Stony Falls Miniature Golf at McCray’s Farm in South Hadley.


Creature Comforts

The Most Rev. William Byrne, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, recently made an appearance at Mercy Medical Center accompanied by Zélie, his 3-year-old black Labrador retriever, to greet staff members at the hospital. Mercy colleagues welcomed the opportunity to take time out of their day to spend a few minutes with the comfort dog — and she enjoyed the attention, too. Pictured: Byrne (right) introduces Zélie to Tuan Dao, RN, and Kathleen Werner, LCSW.


Sock It to Stigma

Lenny Underwood, owner of Upscale Socks, teamed up with the Mental Health Assoc. (MHA) throughout May, Mental Health Awareness Month, with a new line of socks to support mental-health awareness. “I see how stigma relates to getting help — or not getting help — with mental wellness,” Underwood said. “It has been an issue I have seen and heard in my adulthood. But I’m optimistic when I see people in the public eye tell their story, being honest and vulnerable, because folks look up to others who are open and relatable. It helps to create more of a dialogue.” The socks will be available throughout the year at www.upscalesocks.com and at www.mhainc.org.