All of us can think of special individuals who always manage to find time to help other people.  14/WILI and the Mohegan Sun have a name for those special people.  They are Connecticut's RAYS OF SUNSHINE, and together we're paying tribute to them.   Hear acceptance interviews with many of our Ray of Sunshine winners by clicking here.  To nominate someone, simply email wayne @ or snail mail your entry to WILI Ray of Sunshine, 720 Main Street, Willimantic, Ct. 06226 with a few details on why your nominee is special.

Rita Perry

Rita Perry
Rita Perry (R) is our winter 2017 Ray of Sunshine award winner.  Mary Lou Beckwith's nomination letter said:

I would like to nominate RITA PERRY for your "Ray of Sunshine" award.

Rita is a Lebanon (CT) resident, mom of three, full time nurse and an inspiration to all she meets.  Her generosity of spirit and her "above and beyond" volunteer ethics bring rays of sunshine into many people's lives.

For years, Rita has taken it upon herself to create picture albums for local students.  She spends hours of her time and energy, attending local sporting activities and events, capturing great shots and then masterfully "scrap-booking" those memories into albums, giving kids their athletic history and memories to share forever.

I have personally enjoyed by grandson's (one of 8 she created this year for Lyman's soccer/playing/graduating seniors) more than 100 page album, every page filled with pictures/art work/local news & sports articles/scrap book art and personal notes...all pertaining to his last ten years of soccer!!  What fun noting his growth/changes/teams/games and friendships and reliving years of memories!  Priceless!

Rita is an active member of Lyman's Bulldog Booster Club and has been involved with her children's activities since they were young--an active mom with the local co-op nursery school when her kids were there, involved in all their school activities through the years, all while working in her nursing profession.  A very caring person and devoted mom and care-giver! She always seems to put others first, is always busy and always has something going on, whether attending her children's sporting or dancing recitals and events to taking care of her beloved animals, Rita always has time for others and always has a kind word and smile.

Thank your for considering Rita for your "Sunshine" award, she certainly is deserving of recognition, thanks, and appreciation for the lives she touches and the kindness she shares!

Ray of Sunshine Archive:
November 2018 - Kathy Cote
August 2018 - Nicole Henry
May 2018 - Adrianne DeVivo
February 2018 - Mike and Glenn Morell
November 2017 - Phil Pavone
August 2017 - Pat Tolokan
May 2017 - Carolyn Stanich
February 2017 - Rita Perry
November 2016 - Jonathan Wadsworth
August 2016 - Marie Hakmiller
May 2016 - Lorraine Strenkowski
February 2016 - Alice Bury
December 2015 - Rosemarie Bessette
August 2015 - Tonya Landrie Ohlund
May 2015 - Karen Schenck
February 2015 - Maurice Simard
November 2014 - Dorothy Stevens
August 2014 - Phyllis Pintal
May 2014 - Karen Porter
March 2014 - Joan Merritt
November 2013 - Ron Pires
August 2013 - Dorothy Deptula
May 2013 - AnnMarie Poudrier
March 2013 - Frank Kristoff
January 2013 - Bil Czmyr
August 2012 - Patti Sue Brown
May 2012 - Bobbi Brown
February 2012 - Judy Prescott
November 2011 - Kathy Pekarovic
August 2011 - Dee and Dale Hammon
May 2011 - Sandy Reed
February 2011 - Rich Balogh
November 2010 - Lisa Baker Rose
September 2010 - Dan Hill
May 2010 - Susan Humes
February 2010 - Donna Charron
November 2009 - Pamela Bibeau
August 2009 - Joan Morin
June 2009 - Kay Roan
March 2009 - Marion Russo
December 2008 - Frank and Shirley Mauro
November 2008 - Charlene Perry
October 2008 - Angela LaTour
September 2008 - Joan Goba
August 2008 - Donna Clauson
July 2008 - Rosa Tirado
June 2008 - Barbara Leary
May 2008 - Kord Baker
April 2008 - Joe Henry
March 2008 - Barbara Colon
February 2008 - Charlie Wynn
January 2008 - Jessica Medina
December 2007 - Linda Harbec
November 2007 - Richard Kelley
October 2007 - Lynn White
September 2007 - Paul Doyle
July 2007 - Pam Horrocks
June 2007 - Lauren Perrotti
May 2007 - Jean DeSmet
April 2007 - Gen Micali
February 2007 - Belinda Clark
January 2007 - Miriam Epstein
December 2006 - Anita Sebestyen
November 2006 - Eileen Spear
October 2006 - Monique Roy
September 2006 - Helen Card
August 2006 - Joan Doiron
July 2006 - Roddy McComber
June 2006 - Tom Beardsley
May 2006 - Victor and Martha Funderburk
March 2006 - Barry Shayer
February 2006 - Judith Jencks
January 2006 - Ray Milvae
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