CHD’s Game Changers!

CHD Recognizes Game Changers at the Game!

Every day CHD creates positive change by serving those most in need. There are individuals in our community who share this concern and give selflessly to others.  We call them “Game Changers” and CHD’s Game Changer Awards celebrate the accomplishments of our friends and neighbors who make a positively life changing impact in our community.

This year, Game Changer Awards are being announced at the MassMutual Center during Springfield Thunderbirds hockey games. More than 20 individuals and organizations—ranging from teachers and first responders to community volunteers and youth advocates—will have been recognized this season. Each Game Changer is presented with a framed award and featured on the Jumbo Tron so everyone in the arena can see. The typical crowd response? Loud applause!

Game Changers are passionate about crucial community needs: supporting cancer survivors, educating about organ donation, promoting Special Olympics, expanding literacy, advocating for veterans, teaching the arts, empowering inner city youth, fighting hunger, ensuring that every child receives a toy at Christmastime…and the list goes on.  

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all the Game Changers, who share CHD’s mission to affect  positive, community change.

What is the award?

It’s the barber who gives free haircuts. The young friend who volunteers every weekend to help other families in need. The organizer of a drive to promote education and literacy.

The award is given to someone who makes a positively life changing difference in the community just because; they are not expecting recognition. The receivers of the award are always humbled and honored to know that someone took the time to recognize them and send in a submission on their behalf.

Below are the game changers with the write-up of why they were honored during the game:

 


 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Sheridan-Murphy

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Cindy Sheridan-Murphy. Cindy knows the importance of helping and advocating for not only breast cancer, but all cancer patients, and CHD would like to recognize her for organizing a highly successful and impactful support group with the Cancer House of Hope. Thank you Cindy for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Fitzgerald, Susanne Jalbert, and Collette Bidus

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Carol Fitzgerald, Susanne Jalbert, and Collette Bidus. Carol, together with Susanne and Collette, helps to improve literacy and reading comprehension in the Hampden Wilbraham Regional school district. Carol and her team read aloud to the children and make a positively life changing difference in their academic success. Thank you Carol for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Tyler

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Rebecca Tyler. Rebecca knows the importance of helping and advocating for mental illness, and along with CHD’s Adult Mental Health Holyoke office, she has been a force of positive change and goes above and beyond to improve quality of life. Thank you Rebecca for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Baker

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Amy Baker.  Amy is one of the most hard working, baseball loving, mothers you will ever meet. She is dedicated to her community, goes above and beyond for her clients, and she works with children in the local Springfield schools to better assist their educational needs. Thank you Amy for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPD Officers Kenneth Arzon and Igor Basovskiy

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Kenneth Arzon and Igor Basovskiy. Ken and Igor know the importance of helping those in need and advocating for academic excellence. CHD would like to recognize them for donating school supplies to a family who had theirs stolen after a vehicle break in. Thank you Igor and Ken for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mauke Family

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to The Mauke Family & The Celebrate Kate Foundation. The Celebrate Kate Foundation celebrates the life of Kathryn Mauke and carries on her legacy of living life to the fullest. The Celebrate Kate Foundation knows the importance of helping and advocating for increase awareness of dating violence in the Western Mass Community. Celebrate Kate host fundraisers year round that raise funds for the Kathryn Mauke Memorial Scholarship and CHD would like to recognize them for the celebration of life and the pursuit of Higher Education for all. Thank you Mauke Family and Celebrate Kate for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Yvon of K’s Kloset

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Karen Yvon. Karen knows the importance of helping and advocating for those in the community with a clothing and home good swap, free of charge. CHD would like to recognize Karen for providing clothes and goods to those in need. Thank you Karen for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Segundo

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Eric Segundo. Eric knows the importance of helping and advocating for our veterans, and CHD would like to recognize Eric and the VFW of Western Mass for organizing events to aid veterans’ health and well-being. Thank you Eric for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynn McCarthy

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Lynn McCarthy. Lynn knows the importance of helping and advocating for community members, and CHD would like to recognize her for volunteering with the Special Olympics, organizing Special Olympic events, and helping out with the Cancer House of Hope. Thank you Lynn for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

 “The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community. Today’s award goes to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mt. Zion knows the importance of helping and advocating for community development and empowerment of inner city youth. CHD would like to recognize Mt. Zion for saving the Dunbar Community Center from foreclosure and continuing its rightful legacy of providing programs and services to the stakeholders of Western Mass. Thank you Mt. Zion for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Kaine Alves

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Robert Kaine Alves. Robert knows the importance of helping and advocating for those affected by cancer, and CHD would like to recognize him for organizing the Wicked In Pink Motorcycle Run, which has raised over $25,000 to help cancer patients. Thank you Robert for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Saez

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Roberto Saez. Rob knows the importance of helping and advocating for those affected by cancer, and CHD would like to recognize him and the staff at Theodore’s in West Springfield for organizing a fundraiser to support the Cancer House of Hope in honor of a staff member’s parent. Thank you Roberto for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Reidy

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Margaret Reidy. Margaret knows the importance of helping and advocating for the arts, and CHD would like to recognize her for her commitment, concern and passion for the children in the MRHS band and the school community who we are glad could join us tonight. Thank you Margaret for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna St. John and Andrea Tarpey

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Donna St. John and Andrea Tarpey. Donna and Andrea know the importance of helping to make this past holiday season special for children in the community, and CHD would like to recognize them for organizing and continuing a large toy drive for over 10 years at Springfield Technical Community College. Thank you Donna and Andrea for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Amador

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Ruth Amador. Ruth knows the importance of organ donation and helped a friend by becoming a living organ donor. CHD would like to recognize Ruth for her commitment to increasing education and awareness of organ and tissue donation. Thank you Ruth for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayden’s Ride For Life

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community. Today’s award goes to Ayden’s Ride for Life. Ayden knows the importance of helping to fight hunger in the Western Mass Community. CHD would like to recognize Ayden for raising thousands of dollars to help end food insecurity in Western Mass and growing his foundation from 1 participant to over 100 participants in a 2 year span. 8 y/o Ayden is our youngest Game Changer of the season. Thank you Ayden for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane’s Foundation

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community. Today’s award goes to Shane’s Foundation. Shane’s Foundation knows the importance of helping to fight substance abuse in the Western Mass Community. CHD would like to recognize Shane’s Foundation for educating the stakeholders of Western Mass on the dangers of substance abuse and advocating for positive life choices for all ages. Thank you Shane’s foundation for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrance Mack

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Terrance Mack. Terrance knows the importance of helping and advocating for civil and human rights by encouraging social action within the Western Mass community, and CHD would like to recognize him for his service in the Peace Corps in Rwanda, Africa and his constant empowerment of inner city youth and young adults throughout Western Mass. Thank you Terrance for all that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raven Harris

“The Center for Human Development’s Game Changer Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of someone who has made a positively life changing impact in our community, goes to Raven Harris. Raven knows the importance of entrepreneurship and advocating for civil and human rights in Western Mass and abroad, and CHD would like to recognize Raven for her continued service abroad at an Orphanage in Ghana, Africa and her constant empowerment of inner city youth and young adults throughout Western Mass. Thank you Raven for all that you do.”

 

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