Food Bank of Western Massachusetts receives $25K donation from builder; gift to fund 100,000 meals

SPRINGFIELD — On the steps of City Hall, Dan and Jane Roulier, the owners of a local housing construction company, donated $25,000 to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and encouraged others to give what they could to help address the growing problem of food uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and economic downturn.

The Rouliers, owners of Dan Roulier & Associates, Inc. of Somers, made their announcement Thursday in a brief press event organized by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. Also present to accept the gift was Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Jane Roulier, left, and Dan Roulier of Dan Roulier & Associates Inc. donated $25,000 to the Foodbank of Western Massachusetts.

Dan Roulier, a Springfield native and Cathedral High School graduate, said that in his 35 yearsin business, he has always made it a policy to give back to the community.

“There’s no better time than now. There’s no greater reward than helping people who are in need,” he said. “And you have never seen a need like we’re seeing now or what we’re going to see.”

Morehouse said the donation will translate into around 100,000 meals for people in need in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. The Food Bank uses the benchmark that every dollar donated pays for four meals.

The Food Bank supplies food to more than 200 food pantries and meals sites across the region.

Morehouse said that over the past year,

Among the ways that COVID-19 has impacted the region has been an increase in demand for meals provided by the Food Bank, he said,

“Because of the COVID-19 virus, and its impact on the economy, so many businesses are struggling. And because of that, people have lost their jobs(and) have lost their source of income,” he said.

The Food Bank has been providing assistance to an additional 20,000 people per month “who have never been to a pantry or a meal site before,” he said. “These are working folks who have never had to rely on public assistance or any kind of charity. And now for the first time in their lives they’re going to a pantry or meals site for a bag of groceries or a hot meal.”

Roulier said the impact of the pandemic on the economy has been devastating to the region, and it is likely going to get worse in the upcoming months as more people will be out of work, unable to pay for rent, and will be unable to feed their families.

“We are about to enter the most desperate times that we’ve had in the last 100 years,” he said.

“I just want to ask for the participation of the people in the community to help out your brothers and sisters.”

Sarno said Dan Roulier reached out to him recently with an offer of wanting to help.

The mayor said Roulier has been very generous in the past, and he suggested he make a donation to the Food Bank.


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Georgia State University Receives $2 Million Gift in Memory of Days Inns Founder to Establish Hospitality Immersion Program

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Atlanta, Dec 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Atlanta, Dec. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has received a $2 million endowment from Deen Day Sanders to establish an immersion program in memory of her late husband, Days Inns founder and school namesake, Cecil B. Day, Sr.

The endowment will be used to develop the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program to provide graduate and undergraduate hospitality students semester-long experiential learning opportunities tailored to their specific career aspirations. The majority of the gift will be used to provide scholarships and academic aid to make it possible for students of all backgrounds to participate.

Whether studying domestically or abroad, participants will take part in signature experiences that demonstrate internationally renowned examples of quality operations across all sectors of hospitality including lodging, food and beverage, event management and entertainment. Following a semester of hands-on projects, mentorship from hospitality leaders and networking, students will emerge with a greater understanding of corporate processes, analytical approaches, and strategies for innovation.

“It is with great honor and tremendous gratitude to the Day family that we accept this gift and embark on the creation of the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program,” said Debra Cannon, director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration. “Cecil B. Day was a pioneering innovator and marketing genius, and we are thrilled to further his legacy through this new program. During a time when our industry needs innovation the most, this student-centric gift has the power to transform careers and change lives.”

The competitive application and selection process for the Cecil B. Day Immersion Program will open in fall 2021, after which admitted students will participate in professional development workshops to prepare for the experience.

Robinson’s School of Hospitality Administration was renamed the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration in 1988. Cecil B. Day is remembered as an astute businessman who developed Days Inns to national prominence throughout the course of his career. His family’s legacy of excellence and philanthropy is the foundation upon which the program bases its vision for preparing future generations of hospitality executives.

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is the oldest and largest hospitality administration school in Georgia. It offers certificate, bachelors, and master’s-level programs. CEOWORLD ranks it 22nd among the world’s top hospitality and hotel management schools, and Eduniversal ranks the school’s Regynald G. Washington Master of Global Hospitality Management 24th worldwide.

Learn more about the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration at

About Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is 8th among accredited U.S. business colleges for graduate enrollment, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). More Georgia executives hold advanced degrees from Robinson and Georgia State than any other U.S. institution.

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Vanderbilt women’s soccer player receives SEC football honor | Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has named Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller as the league’s co-special teams player of the week after she made history becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football game.

Fuller shared the award Monday with Florida punt returner Kadarius Toney after the senior soccer player served as Vanderbilt’s primary kicker in a loss to Missouri. She sent a squib kick 30 yards that was covered at the Missouri 35 to open the second half in her only chance to kick.

The Vanderbilt kicker became the third woman to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, joining Katie Hnida who was the first scoring two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003 and April Goss who had an extra point for Kent State in 2015.

Fuller is continuing to practice with Vanderbilt, which visits No. 11 Georgia on Saturday. Fuller helped Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament title on Nov. 22.

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Princess Mako’s wedding receives Japan crown prince approval

Nov. 30 (UPI) — Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito said he “approves” the marriage of his daughter to a Japanese commoner, two years after Princess Mako expressed strong resolve to marry her university sweetheart Kei Komuro.

The crown prince, who formally was declared first in line to the throne Nov. 8, said Monday at a press conference in Tokyo the marriage complies with Japanese law and fulfills the wishes of the young couple, Kyodo News reported Monday.

“I approve of them getting married. The Constitution says marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. If that is what they really want, then I think that is something I need to respect as a parent,” he said.

Princess Mako, 29, was initially planning to marry Komuro in 2018, a year after their engagement, according to the BBC.

Delays came after local reports suggested Komuro’s mother received money from the princess to finance Komuro’s university tuition. Komuro’s mother said the money was a gift, but the woman’s ex-fiancé disputed the claim and said the funds were borrowed. Komuro is completing law school at Fordham University in New York.

On Monday, the crown prince said the financial situation of the Komuro family did not meet the approval of the Japanese public.

“From my point of view, I think they are not in a situation where many people are convinced and pleased [about their marriage],” he said.

According to Japanese law Japanese taxpayers subsidize a princess’ dowry which is delivered as a lump sum payment if she renounces her royal status.

Women in the imperial family receive the payment in order to “maintain the dignity of their position after leaving the imperial household,” according to Kyodo.

The Asahi Shimbun reported Monday the lump sum payment for Princess Mako is to range anywhere from $150,000 to about $1.5 million.

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