A Few Good Men Honored by WRC at the “Men Who Make a Difference" Gala

2016 Honorees greeted guests


The Annual Gala honoring the Best of Men, a recognition hosted annually by The Women’s Resource Center, was advertised as a ceremony for the honorees, plus dinner and dancing. But it is always so much more.


A great party, with ladies and gentlemen in formal wear, an auction, fabulous music and dancing, with music this year by The Boston Premier Band, it is always an Event.

The busy check in table at Gurney's Resort

Taylor Britto, a Providence Police officer who is also associate pastor and founder of the Journey Through Faith Community Center and a 2015 “Men Who Make a Difference” honoree, was the inspiring  keynote speaker. Daniel Baker, a teacher at St. Philomena School in Portsmouth, was master of ceremonies. Carol Ryan, a member of WRC’s board of directors and development committee,was chair of the event.

“Through the work we do at Women’s Resource Center, we have a deep appreciation for people who are willing to get involved in their community or who serve as a role model, mentor or inspiration to someone else,” says Lori DiPersio, executive director of the WRC. “This annual event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to some special men who make a difference in the lives of others while also helping us continue our mission and services to women, children and men in Newport and Bristol Counties.”



Kelly & Bernard Lambrese, Honoree

The honorees are all men who have done outstanding good deeds in their community, and  were celebrated for their accomplishments. It's an honor to honor them. More than 270 guests attended the Gala making it a smashing success! Sponsors were Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bowen’s Wharf, BWM of Newport and the Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority




2017 honorees are: John R Bernard, III  Esq., Walter Burke, Randy Butler, Jacob A. Cathers, Brendan P. Doherty, Dr. Gerald Exil, 3rd., Rev. Nathan J.A. Humphrey  Nicanor "Nick" Figueroa, Dr. Stevens F. Freedman, Andrew Horwitz, Bernard F. Lambrese, Bernard A. Manchester, Marshall A. "Tripp" Raucci, Esq., Dr. Louis B. Rice, Dr. Charles P. Shoemaker, Jr. and Scott D. Wheeler.


Brendan Doherty & Marvin Abney


Mayor Harry Winthrop, Deborah Winthrop & Adrienne Haylor


Photographs in the silent auction


Taylor & Jessica Britto


Dr. Garry Fischer with Stephanie & Dr. Charles Shoemaker, honoree


Browsing the laden silent auction


Honorees Andy  Horwitz & Tripp Raucci


Honoree John R. Bernardo III, Esq.


Executive Director of WRC Lori DiPersio & Betty Galligan


The Boston Premier Band welcomes guests to dinner



Liily Dick & Marvin Abney


Dr. Tony Regine & son Dr. Stephen Regine


Reverend Everett Greene


Xay Kham & Ceara Hation


Class of 2017 waiting to be honored


The class of 2017


Zoila Bernal & Neyda DeJesue selling raffle tickets


Daniel Baker, Master of Ceremonies


Lori DiPersio welcoming guests














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