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Springfield, Mass. (February 3, 2022) – On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, First Responders from American Medical Response (AMR) were guests at a Celebration of Thanks hosted by MGM Springfield at the resort’s Top Golf Swing Suite. This is the first of several events MGM Springfield is planning in recognition of First Responders in the Springfield area and the invaluable services they provide to the community.

The thank you event teed off with MGM Resorts’ Northeast Group President & COO Chris Kelley expressing his gratitude for AMR’s healthcare heroes, followed by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and AMR’s Northeast Group Director Pat Pickering praising the front-line employees for their unwavering dedication and commitment to keeping the Springfield community safe.

AMR’s front-line employees were the first to experience MGM Springfield’s Top Golf Swing Suite since it’s COVID-19 closure in March 2020. Guests took a swing at golf via high-tech simulators while others tried their hand at a selection of virtual games including zombie dodgeball, football and baseball. Beverages and gourmet bites including mini crab cakes with citrus remoulade, bacon wrapped short ribs and smoked brisket picadillo empanadas were also served.

“MGM Springfield is incredibly proud to honor the local members of American Medical Response,” said MGM Resorts’ Northeast Group President & COO Chris Kelley. “Every day these heroes put the Springfield community first and we could not be happier to do something special as a tribute and say thank you for the amazing work they do.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I cannot thank AMR and their dedicated team enough for their unyielding efforts throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to MGM Springfield’s Chris Kelley and his team for putting this special thank you event together – the first of many to come to thank our brave and dedicated first responders. I am looking forward to joining them again in the future as we continue to show our appreciation and thanks to all those who have gone above and beyond throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Chris Kelley and his entire team at MGM Springfield, as well as Mayor Sarno, for recognizing our EMTs, medics and dispatchers for their hard work over the last two years in supporting the Springfield community during the pandemic,” said Patrick Pickering, AMR Northeast Regional Director.

Several state and city elected officials attended the event to pay tribute to the First Responders, including State Senator Adam Gomez, State Representative Brian Ashe, State Representative Bud Williams’ District Director Darryl Williams and Springfield City Council members Tim Allen, Michael Fenton, Zaida Govan and Jesse Lederman.