1. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

    Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

    Keynote speaker Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield Development, the breakfast's signature sponsor, highlighted the event's theme, "A New Generation of Philanthropic Leaders," through photos of his two sons, with heads shaven for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fund-raiser for childhood cancers, projected on a screen.

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    1. I was in fifth grade, and this teacher asked me why I was sad one day.
    2. The work that United Way does to keep kids in school, and to help the homeless is everything I was. I hope my story helps other kids.
    3. It was a very successful breakfast.
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    5. It is the isolation factor, where families can't get into communities where services are readily available. We did a summer feeding program for children outside of Westfield.
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