Richard Beretta received The Michael Wiggins Leadership Award from Friends Way Organization at their annual gala on Saturday, May 10th at the Crowne Plaza.
Friends Way (Families Reaching Into Each New Day) is the only family bereavement center in Rhode Island and serves families throughout Southeastern New England. Friends Way remains steadfast in their commitment of providing peer support to grieving families in a safe, nurturing environment and is staffed with mental health professionals and extensively trained volunteers from the community who assist children and their families through their grief with comfort and support from peers struggling with similar feelings of loss. Friends Way is affiliated with Gateway Healthcare where Richard serves as a board member.
The Michael Wiggins Leadership Award was established in 2009 as a way to remember Michael Wiggins while recognizing an individual who embodies the values Mike and the Wiggins family admire: dedication to work and cause, discipline to task, compassion and empathy for all regardless of circumstance, commitment to family, authentic leadership, and a spirit of giving back and paying it forward.
Richard is the fifth recipient of this award. Other recipients include – Mark Gasbarro, Sue and Rick DeFedele, Mary Kate Grezbian and Dr. Marshall Carpenter and Dr. Henry Sachs.