DANSVILLE – When Christmas time rolled around last year, the friends, family and employees of Chris Ramsey and Michelle Paroda knew that their perfect gift would actually be giving something away.
The employees of Ramsey Constructors out of Lakeville pooled money together for an end-of-the-year hurrah on Jan. 28 and $1,400 donations to three local organizations: Sully and the Ladies in Pink; the Vincent House; and the Lakeville Fire Department. The party and awards were at Scovill’s Grill in Dansville, also owned by Chris Ramsey.
“I was forced to retire from Ramsey Constructors because of my sickness,” said Catey Brice, a cancer survivor formerly of Ramsey Constructors. “Chris and Michelle were so supportive and do so much for the community. I was so honored to be the one to present these checks. It was so rewarding.”
Brice’s tie to the Ladies in Pink is especially meaningful. After her diagnosis, it was the Ladies in Pink who presented her with a check to help fight back. Ramsey Constructors, located in Lakeville, decided to also donate to their local fire department and the Vincent House, a home for the terminally ill in Wayland that operates solely on donations.
The donation party is quickly taking shape as an annual tradition for Ramsey Constructors and Scovill’s Grill. For Christmas 2015, Ramsey donated $8,000 to Noyes Memorial Hospital, now UR/Noyes.