The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services has named Donald Vitkus the posthumous recipient of the 2018 Dr. Benjamin Ricci Commemorative Award. The award was presented by Commissioner Jane F. Ryder at the DDS Annual Celebration, which recognizes the accomplishments of individuals served by DDS, and the dedication of caregivers and advocates. Ed Orzechowski, President of Advocacy Network and author of You'll like it here -- The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394, accepted the award on behalf of Donald and his family. The ceremony was conducted in The Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
From left: Jane F. Ryder, DDS Commissioner; Jim Riocci, Ed Orzechowski, Bobby Ricci, and Tom Ricci
Dr. Benjamin Ricci
The Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston
March 28, 2018