The Phyllis Gall Grandparent Award to recognizes outstanding service to the Down syndrome community. A tremendous supporter of DSAMT, Phyllis was grandmother of Ron Talbott and mother of our executive director, Alecia Talbott. Sadly, we lost Phyllis in 2014 after a very long, hard-fought battle with cancer. However, she continues to give back to our organization everyday through "Phyllis' Angel Babies Program," an initiative of the Music City Quilt Guild, of which Phyllis was a long-standing member. Through this program, guild members make beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-made quilts for DSAMT. The quilts are given as part of the Celebration Bag to welcome families with newborns into our community throughout the state.
2020 Recipient - Mrs. Margaret Ann Williams
Margaret Ann Williams, or "Lolly" as she goes by, has been involved with DSAMT since the birth of her grandson, Lucas (pictured above with her). She not only serves on DSAMT's Board of Directors but also represents our DS community as a member of the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce. She oversees DSAMT's Grandparent support group and has helped raise a tremendous amount of money to support DSAMT's programs. She initiated and helped organize the very successful first annual Race to Include at Veterans Motorplex in Greenbrier, TN, which raised more than $20,000 for DSAMT, she volunteers at almost every event and continuously communicates information to help individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Mrs. Williams is a friend to all and a huge blessing to our DS community. Please help thank Lolly for all she does for all of us!