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Bradley Hospital Donor Profile: The Britos
Building Cherished Relationships While Helping Others
As anyone in his hometown of Bristol, RI can attest, Joe Brito, President and CEO of C. Brito Construction Co., and a variety of other businesses, doesn’t do anything halfway. His marriage proposal to his bride of 34 years is still remembered by those who saw his prominent truck placard proclaiming his intentions for the world to see: “Betty, will you marry me? Love, Joe.”
Since then, the couple has become a force of nature while raising their two sons, Joseph and Chris. The family business today employs over 100 people in several New England states. And as a highly respected educator, Betty has helped shape many lives by teaching and serving as the English chair at the high school in Bristol for decades.
The Britos are well known for their passionate commitment and devotion to children, family, and community. Their philanthropy extends to many entities. Betty was first introduced to the work at Bradley Hospital several years ago by a friend who knew of her interest in education and her awareness of how mental health issues can impact a classroom.
“I was struck by the uniqueness of Bradley Hospital’s work and the incredible success it has with the children and families who are seen there,” Betty said, recalling her reaction during a tour of the facility and meeting one of our researchers. “It is a great hidden resource.” She knew that someday she and Joe would get involved to help further our groundbreaking work.
“Someday” was our 2014 Bravo Bradley event when a young woman shared her personal journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how Bradley Hospital saved her life. The couple was so moved by her first-person account that when it came time for the “fund-a-need” part of the auction, they couldn’t get their bid number in the air fast enough. Their generosity continues to this day.
“It brings tears to my eyes to think about what some young people struggle through,” said Joe. “What Bradley Hospital provides for them to live as full a life as possible—to the best of each child’s ability—is never ending. It is truly an amazing place and we are so pleased to be part of it.”
Joe serves on The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, is a trustee at Roger Williams University, and is a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation. Betty has served in various voluntary leadership roles with the Rogers Free Library, Rhode Island ASCD and the Junior League of Rhode Island. She also received the Christa McAuliffe award from the US Office of Education in 1990. Both have been active with the Mount Hope Farm Trust. And in 2013, they were asked to serve as chief marshals of the Bristol Fourth of July celebration. To a couple who does and gives so much to the community, it was a fitting tribute.
“We are so fortunate Joe and Betty are part of the Bradley Hospital family, and we are grateful for their insights, their generosity, and their commitment to our work. Our gratitude is enormous,” said Dan Wall, president (retired) of Bradley Hospital.