Ridgefield resident Lori Berisford will receive the 2018 Spirit Dr. King Community Service Award at the town-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration this Monday, January 15 at The Ridgefield Playhouse beginning at 3 PM.
“Every year during our MLK Day celebration, we recognize and honor outstanding individuals from our community for their selfless and humanitarian work and service that is faithful to the spirit and traditions of Dr. King,” said Mark Robinson, the powerhouse, and brains behind Ridgefield's annual celebration, now in its 22nd year.
"I am completed humbled by this award,” said Berisford, who added, “Giving back to me is second nature and not something I've ever done for the recognition.”
Berisford is champion of a plethora of local nonprofits. She currently serves as President and Board Chair of SPHERE. She is a board member of Founders Hall and The Women’s Center, where she also serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Berisford rolls up her sleeves to support Ability Beyond, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, and Sunrise Cottage.
“She not only supports practically every nonprofit in the area, either by sponsorship or with her time by being on committees and boards, but as the President of the Board of Directors of SPHERE, she has helped enrich and enhance the lives of adults with disabilities through so many wonderful social programs,” said Ridgefield Playhouse Executive Director, Allison Stockel.
Speaking of SPHERE, Berisford said, “Most of my time over the last three or four years has been spent on SPHERE, an organization that enhances the lives of adults with disabilities through our daily programs. The members of this organization give me more then I can ever give them."
Congratulations Lori and thank you for enhancing the lives of so many people in Ridgefield and beyond. You truly make our world brighter.