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Madison Family of the Year


        Madison Family of the Year


The Allison Family

The Patel Family

The Ramsey Family


2016 Family of the Year Finalist

The Allison Family 

As native Southerners, Jay and Betsy Allison have hospitality in their souls. Whether coaching sports, teaching swimming, volunteering with the PTA and in the classroom, working in children’s ministry, or hosting neighborhood children, they have eagerly opened their hearts and home to serving others.  Children John, Mark, Sarah and Paul are thriving in Madison, which Jay and Betsy love for its small town feel with big town conveniences. The children enjoy soccer, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, art, Legos, camping, dancing at Gazebo concerts, tree-climbing, and thinking up new adventures.  One of the family’s favorite places for adventure is “Allison Wonderland,” the enormous wooden play structure that Jay and the children have designed and built in their backyard over the years.

The Allison’s family philosophy of “building up” each other and the community by instilling confidence and nurturing relationships comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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The Patel Family

A family with diverse interests in all Madison has to offer, the Patels enjoy science and theatre, music and math, athletics and academics, their neighbors and their home. Sandy, Amy, Kieran and Connery can often be found performing on stage or working backstage in local theatre productions, helping serve the community through Madison Rotary Club or scouts, playing sports, camping in their backyard or enjoying family time at home. They take to heart JFK’s directive, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” because they know they are fortunate to live in a city like Madison, and believe they owe our great city something in return.

The Patels live every day following the sentiment in Gandhi’s famous quote that hangs prominently above their door is - You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

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The Ramsey Family

Whether volunteering at local schools, coaching sports teams, serving as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts leaders, working on the PTA Board, or teaching Sunday School, the Ramseys are dedicated to serving the people of Madison each and every day. Matt, Becky, Emily, Boone, Lucy and Kate have a compelling desire to serve others, especially children, and live by the words in Luke 10:27 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself

A busy family of 6, the Ramseys are high-achievers in academics and in extracurricular pursuits. They are active in baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, cheer, award-winning Chess Team, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church. Matt and Becky pour themselves into their children's activities, and are always right beside them to lead and support them. Their family’s strong foundation comes from its unconditional love, trust for each other, and open communication.

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