The Apple Blossom Cotillion, presented by Springfield Hospital, is a community tradition, a rite of passage for high school senior girls, and the area’s largest single event. For years, people have arrived as soon as the doors open to get their favorite seats to watch the young women compete for the title of Apple Blossom Queen. Or maybe it’s the elementary school children â€“ dressed in tuxedoes and fancy dresses, perhaps for the first time â€“ that draws the fans.
“The Cotillion is both a community pageant and a fundraising event,” says Larry Kraft, Director of Development for Springfield Medical Care Systems. All proceeds from the Cotillion are used for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and to support the services of the hospital.