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Western Mass Celebrates 2014 Difference Makers

bizwestHOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) — A big celebration Thursday night for a special group at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

BusinessWest Magazine honored its 2014 Difference Makers at a gala dinner.

Through their hard work to improve the quality of life of everyone in Western Mass, these individuals motivate others to  make a difference.

People like Paula Moore – a teacher at Putnam, and founder of the Youth Social Educational Training Academy.

“I’m just really thankful that they’re recognizing the difference that other people are making,” said Moore. “And there are some wonderful nominees that have really spent a large amount of their time helping people in the community – and I’m just honored to be a part of that esteemed group.

The other 2014 Difference Makers are… The Gray House of Springfield, which provides a range of services – from food and clothing to adult education programs.

Colleen Loveless, the first executive director of the Springfield chapter of Rebuilding Together, which provides assistance to low-income residents to help them stay in their homes.

The Melha Shrine Temple, the first fraternal organization recognized as a Difference Maker.

And Michael Moriarty, attorney and president of Olde Holyoke Development Corporation.

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