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.
 
 
 

Kay Roan


Kay Roan
Windham Hospital CEO Dick Brevnik, Kay Roan and nominator Mona Friedland


95-year old Kay Roan is our latest Ray of Sunshine award winner.  Kay has selflessly given her time to our community for over 50 years, including Windham Hospital and St. Joseph's Living Center.  To listen to the presentation interview, go to "Best of Wayne Show" on the WILI homepage.  Mona Friedland's nomination letter said:

Kathleen “Kay” Roan has been a friend of the Hospital since she moved to the area in the 1940s. She was President of the Auxiliary to Windham Hospital from 1950-1954 and established Coffee Hours in 1995, where she and other members of the Auxiliary would open their homes to raise funds for the Hospital.
 
In 1952, she actively lobbied the Board of Directors to establish a Coffee Shop for patients and staff. After numerous appeals they finally acquiesced and provided a space for the Coffee Shop on the 1st floor of the Greer Wing. Since that time the Coffee Shop has moved several times and is currently a main feature of the Hospital’s Atrium.
 
Kay has provided both personal support through her involvement in the Auxiliary, as well as financial support to numerous projects at the Hospital. In 2001, early in the campaign for the new Emergency & Outpatient Services Department, she made a major gift, naming a room in memory of her beloved husband, Jack Roan. Kay is a regular sponsor of the Golf Classic, and lends her time to greet golfers on the day of the event and spread her inimitable good cheer to all of the participants. She has been a Corporator of the Hospital continuously since 1980.
 
Kay has also been a long standing member of the Willimantic Rotary Club, the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation and the Willimantic Housing Authority, to name a few of the organizations she has been involved with over the years. She cares deeply about these causes and has been generous with her time and her talents.
 
Kay Roan epitomizes the concept of the Ray of Sunshine Award and deserves our appreciation for all of the hard work, caring and effort she has put forth to make our community and Hospital a better place.

Ray of Sunshine Archive:
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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