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.

Joe Henry

Joe Henry
Joe Henry and Priscilla Adams

The April 2008 winner was Joe Henry.  Priscilla Adams' nomination letter said:
Please select my brother-in-law Joe Henry for the Ray of Sunshine Award.  There are so many reasons he deserves a "big night out," it could fill a book.  He doesa so much for others, always good naturedly and never expects anything in return.
He is always there to help someone who needs a hand moving, fixing something, needs a ride, fixing cars, building or remodeling homes, or cooking delicious gourmet meals for family and friends. 
He is a true hometown hero.  He grew up in Columbia, graduated from Windham High School and Thames Valley Tech.  He married my sister on Memorial Day 1969.  They traveled the country while he served in the Navy, then settled in Willimantic to raise their son Jason.  He became "Papa Joe" to everyone, mentoring many young men through the years -- a second father to my two girls..
He has coached softball teams, supported all Windham school sports and Windham rec teams, helped build the Natchaug School playground, cooked the first St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage meal at Blarney's, drove a truck full of kids in the first Boom Box Parade (and many more). He has his own stone mason business with his brother Mike -- Henry Brothers -- yet two years he drove in the Boom Box Parade promoting MY business (then Cafe Downtown).  He made most of the delicious soups there.
He is the proud grandfather of Nadia Henry (her Papa', she said it with a French accent as a toddler).  He is now active doing whatever needs doing at the Oak Grove Montessori School which Nadia attends.  He is an avid fan of all of Nadia's sport events.  He is also and avid UConn Husky and Boston Red Sox fan.
He supports local businesses, eating at local breakfast spots, shops at IGA, gets his building supplies from Willards, he drinks Hosmer Mountain Soda and Mountain Dairy milk.    Joe is turning 60 years old on May 5 and will have his 39th wedding anniversary on May 30th.  I would like to have a hand in making sure they have a nice celebration.  Thank you sincerely,   Priscilla (Petey) Adams

Ray of Sunshine Archive:
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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