Gala celebrates, awards local community leaders

Four community members were honored

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Exchange Club of Springfield held their 5th annual gala celebration.

It was an awards dinner that honored the good works of four community members.

Springfield Police Lt. Robert Tardiff and Fire Captain David Rivera were given the Blue and Gold Award for their work in public safety. Madeline Laboy of the Springfield Renaissance School was honored with the A.C.E. Award for overcoming obstacles to graduate high school and Brandon Lewis earned the Youth of the Year award for his achievement in school and community service.

Lewis told 22News, “It’s really overwhelming because at first I came with a really clear mindset. I wasn’t really nervous but now I guess it’s my mother making me happy because she told me she was proud of me.”

Saturday night’s gala was held at the Storrowton Tavern’s Carriage House in West Springfield.

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