Ashley Wilson named 2023 City Family of the Year

Mattie Wood honored

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Helen Lewis, left, with her sister-in-law and 2023 City Family of the Year matriarch Ashley Wilson (Cullman Farm City/Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Farm-City Committee held its annual Farm-City Banquet Thursday evening, Nov. 17, at Loft 212 downtown, where it named Ashley Wilson the 2023 City Family of the Year.  

Wilson runs Curt’s Closet, the local nonprofit she founded to cope with the grief over the tragic loss of her youngest son Curt.  

“I had no idea the true reason I had been invited to the Cullman County Farm-City event,” Wilson shared with The Cullman Tribune. “I was looking forward to an evening with friends and a wonderful dinner. To my surprise, they all did an amazing job keeping the true reason a secret.” 

Wilson continued, “I was in total shock and lost for words. To be chosen as the 2023 City Family of the Year is a tremendous honor. I appreciate just being considered for the award, and even more to be chosen. Without my Lord and Savior and this community, I would not be standing here today. This community rallied behind me when my life had been shattered. Cullman is still rallying behind me, helping to bless countless deserving children in our community to give them worth, dignity and a bright vision for their future.” 

Curt’s Closet clothes hundreds of Cullman-area children each year and spearheads the yearly Curt’s Christmas campaign that provides holiday gifts to children in low-income households. 

“Being presented this award truly gives me the peace of knowing I am doing exactly what I was called to do, with the encouragement to press forward.  I cannot think of a more rewarding job. I am truly blessed. I want to thank everyone who had their hands in this surprise. Thank you for your support in naming my family and myself City Family of the Year,” concluded Wilson. 

The Cullman County Farm-City Committee chooses a Family of the Year each year, normally rotating between choosing a Farm Family and City Family. It recognizes members of the community who fulfill the mission of “bringing about a better understanding between rural and urban people by increasing their knowledge and appreciation of each other as partners in progress.” 

2022 Farm-City Outstanding FFA Member Mattie Leigh Wood (Cullman Farm City/Facebook) 

Holly Pond High School’s Mattie Leigh Wood was named the 2022 Farm-City Outstanding FFA Member. The Holly Pond senior won Grand Champion Market Goat, placed third in Senior Showmanship and third in Supreme Competitor at the Alabama National Fair in Montgomery recently. 

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