THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE
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 @ wili.com 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.
 
 
 

Carolyn Stanich


Carolyn Stanich
Carolyn Stanich of Lebanon is our spring 2017 Ray of Sunshine award winner.  Rebeccah Doggett's nomination letter said:

Hello. I would like to nominate Carolyn Stanich for the Ray of Sunshine Award.
 
Carolyn is a very active caring member of our community.  When I heard about what the Ray of Sunshine award was about, I immediately thought of her.
 
For years Carolyn has volunteered her time to serve on the Board of the First Congregational Church of Willimantic and she serves as the head coordinator for the missions program.  She is very active in the church and you will find her welcoming smile at almost every church event from a Mary and Martha gathering to the church fair.  She makes special trips to the Card home in Willimantic to visit folks who can't get around very well anymore because she believes a personal visit is way better than just a card!  If someone without a car in her congregation needs a ride somewhere, she's always willing to volunteer to get them where they need to go.
 
For 16 years she has been a member and serves as Treasurer of the Interfaith Sewing Group which meets in Willimantic weekly.  Through this group she volunteers her time to help make sewing projects and create goods that are distributed to the Windham Hospital, local nursing homes, Hole in the Wall Gang, Holy Family Shelter, and the Covenant Soup Kitchen of Willimantic as well as other organizations around the world.
 
You can be sure to find Carolyn every 4th Tuesday at the Food Share Truck in Willimantic, volunteering her time to help hand out food to the community. But as you watch Carolyn talk and smile with the folks that participate you know that she hands out more than food to those in need of having someone listen and understand them.
 
If a train whistle is heard in the distance on the Willimantic tracks, Carolyn is the only person I know that will literally jump in excitement! She's been volunteering her time at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum for 16 years, and has a real passion for trains!   You'll find her there often painting and helping with the restoration of this great piece of historic Willimantic. 
 
As you can see, there's really no task too big for Carolyn to tackle. I can't help but wonder how God fit such a BIG heart into the body of such a tiny lady, but we are so glad he did!  Thanks for considering Carolyn for the Ray of Sunshine Award.

Ray of Sunshine Archive:
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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