HOLYOKE - The East Longmeadow-based non-profit organization Link to Libraries held its annual celebration gala on Wednesday at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
Celebrity guests included Delcie Bean IV, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT; Kevin and Jane Rhodes (he is Springfield Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor); Gary Bernice, music director at Springfield High School of Science and Technology; Mike Mathis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield; and Allison Werder, president of Masslive.
The theme for the evening was "A night of passion," and featured the celebrity guests talking about something they were passionate about.
Attorney Amy B. Royal, who has offices in Northampton and Springfield, was slated to talk about her passion for a special German meal her mother used to make: sauerbraten, spaetzle and sweet and sour red cabbage.
She chose to focus on that meal as a way to honor her late mother, Elisabeth A. Royal.
Her mother used the family recipe -- passed down from Amy's great grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Germany – for special occasions like Christmas and birthdays; Amy made it for her family last Christmas.
The event was a fundraiser for Link to Libraries Inc., which collects and distributes new and gently used books to elementary school libraries and non-profit organizations and enhances the language and literacy skills of children of all cultural backgrounds.
Link to Libraries has distributed nearly 500,000 books since its inception in 2008 to underserved boys and girls in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
One hundred percent of all ticket sales for The Night of Passion were to benefit Link to Libraries, compliments of The Log Cabin-Delaney House.