Thursday September 21, 2017

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The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association will present “GOOD SPIRITS,” a fundraiser to assist victims of the tornadoes that impacted the region, on June 27 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke.

The event takes place 6-10pm, and will feature food, entertainment and a cash bar, and welcomes anyone affiliated with the hospitality industry. Tickets are $20 per person, and proceeds from the evening including the cash bar, will benefit the Massachusetts Statewide Disaster Relief Fund. Several entertainers have donated their services for the evening. Hospitality-related businesses from across Massachusetts have generously donated a host of raffle items to enhance the event and help raise even more money for those affected by this disaster.

“The hospitality industry is coming together to produce this event.” stated Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra. “Some of us have endured hardships firsthand at our homes or businesses, and those who haven’t certainly know of people who have. The amount of damage done by the tornado activity is staggering, and we want to come together as an industry to show our support and raise much-needed funding. We kept the ticket price at an affordable level to encourage participation from everyone.”

“There’s been a visible synergy as the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and the Greater Springfield Conventions & Visitors Bureau join forces to rally hospitality workers in this common charitable goal.” according to MRA President, Peter Christie. “Our hospitality community represents a remarkable collection of businesses and people; one that has the unique ability to come together in this charitable endeavor, providing relief to families affected by the tornados. This is what our industry is all about. “

Tickets may be purchased online at Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and toiletries to the event for donation to The Salvation Army. Cash donations will also be gratefully accepted.

Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted, non-profit association committed to the advancement of the restaurant/hospitality industry in Massachusetts. The association supports, promotes and enhances the restaurant/hospitality industry for the benefit of both its members and the people they serve. For more information, visit

The GSCVB, an affiliate of the Economic Development Council of Western MA, is a private, non-profit destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts for meetings and conventions, group tours and leisure travel. For more information, visit

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