Peabody native Fred Berry, who is retiring after 30 years in the Massachusetts Senate, is one of eight winners of this year’s North Shore Distinguished Leadership Award.
The award is one of many similar recognitions Berry has received in his tenure -- in fact, awards are given out by local organizations in his name. This, however, is the first time Berry will receive this particular honor.
The winners were announced earlier this month by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. They will be honored on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5-8 p.m. during a dinner event at Danversport Yacht Club.
The award is designed to honor “distinguished leaders in business, industry, community and profession” on the North Shore, using such criteria as demonstrated leadership, commitment to social responsibility, a proven economic and/or social impact on the region and a high level of creativity, innovation and determination.
It is only the second year that the award has been given out.
Other award winners include Carlton Berry of C.P. Berry Homes, Joanne Patton of Green Meadows Farm, Henry and Donna Bertolon of Beverly, Tim Collins of EBSCO Publishing, Robert Lappin of Shetland Park in Salem and Dr. Richard Wylie, president of Endicott College in Beverly.
Berry, a Democrat who was born with cerebral palsy, was first elected to the state Senate in 1982. In recent years, he has served as the Majority Leader. During his time in office, Berry has been considered a champion for fellow residents with disabilities along with many others in need of social services.
He announced last fall he would not seek reelection to the Second Essex District seat and he will now be succeeded by Salem city councilor Joan Lovely.
Berry graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School and Boston College. Before he was elected to the Senate, he served two terms on the Peabody City Council.