Individuals recognized for making a difference in western Massachusetts

Hampden County

Business West recognized difference makers in Western Massachusetts Thursday night.

For the last decade, Business West Magazine has been recognizing individuals and groups that make a positive impact on the Pioneer Valley. This year’s honorees include the food bank of Western Massachusetts, Carla Cosenzi of TommyCar Auto Group, and the Springfield Museums.

Also recognized were Frederick and Marjorie Hurst, the publisher and editor of “An African American Point of View.”

Both Springfield natives, the couple said they’re proud to give back to this community. Their news magazine provides a perspective the couple says is still much needed.

“There was great unrest in the community, with the murder of Martin Luther King, and we came back here and just became involved in a lot of different endeavors. It’s just something we do naturally without giving it any thought,” Marjorie told 22News. 

Frederick added, “It’s what we live for is all I can say. It’s a good feeling, but I can’t think of anything else to do.”

Their son continues their legacy of contributing to the community, as president of the Springfield City Council, Justin Hurst.

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