Despite the cold and the feel of snow in the air, the Bay Path community turned out in full force for some traditional holiday cheer!
There was plenty of good cheer and high spirits at the College’s Annual Holiday Luncheon and Employee Recognition Ceremony. Hundreds of faculty, staff, former colleagues, and friends of Bay Path gathered on Friday the 13th—yes, on THAT day—to honor employees who hit significant milestones, and those who will soon be enjoying well-deserved retirement. In keeping with tradition, The Gray House in the north end of Springfield was selected as the College’s official charitable organization to support during the giving season.
There were 66 employees recognized for their 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. It was a remarkable grand total of 465 years of dedication to Bay Path. The day wasn’t without a bit of sadness: with clapping and ovations we said good-bye to five employees who now join the ranks of official Bay Path retirees.
One of the special moments was celebrating the Gray House. Hundreds of items and gift cards were collected by members of the Bay Path community to support their education and community service programs such as Community Education Support Program (CESP), Kid’s Club, Food Pantry, and Thrift Store. Dena Calvanese, Executive Director spoke and accepted the gifts on the behalf of Gray House.
A note of merriment was also struck as dozens of staff and faculty from the downtown Springfield incubator donned holiday hats in a special fundraiser: for every hat worn, an anonymous donor would give $10.00 to the Gray House.