Sens. Lesser and Welch Secure $100,000 In State FY16 Budget for Spirit of Springfield

The House and the Senate have included an amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) and co-sponsored by Senator James T. Welch (D-West Springfield) in the state FY16 budget that will provide $100,000 for the Spirit of Springfield. “From the Parade of Big Balloons to Bright Nights, from the 4th of July fireworks to the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast, events put on by the Spirit of Springfield fill our region with pride and attract tens of thousands of visitors to our region every year,” Lesser said. “These funds will allow the Spirit of Springfield to further their mission of promoting community pride and allow more people to learn about all the great events happening in Springfield.”

"The Spirit of Springfield does wonderful work showcasing all Springfield has to offer, both to residents and to visitors,” said Senator James T. Welch (D-Springfield). I'm happy that the funding for this important organization is included in the FY16 budget, and I look forward to a great year of exciting events in the city."

“The Spirit of Springfield is honored to have the support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the legislators who passed the amendment that will allow us to continue to make lasting memories for families, friends and visitors,” said Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

The Spirit of Springfield coordinates several large-scale annual community events each year in the Pioneer Valley that enhance quality of life by fostering a sense of community, civic pride and opportunities for celebration.

Funding for the program awaits now final approval from Governor Baker.

Press ReleaseEric Lesser