MOTHER OF THE YEAR
IS YOUR MOM THE BEST EVER?
Better Made wants you to tell us why in our annual mother of the year contest
*Winning mom will receive a sampler box of delicious Better Made Snacks!
DETROIT, MI – Do you think your mom is the best ever? If so, we at Better Made Snack Foods want you to tell us why! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th and between now and then you have the opportunity to submit a short essay on why your mom should be named Better Made’s Mother of the Year! Maybe it was a gentle hug when you were sad, maybe a surprise birthday party or surprise trip to the ice cream parlor after a baseball or soccer game, or even a fun mother-daughter trip somewhere. No matter your age or reason, we want to know. The mom that is chosen will receive a sampler box of delicious Better Made Snacks Foods!
Stories with photos can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com, on Facebook, or by sending in an entry to Better Made Mother’s Day Contest, 10148 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213. All submissions will be posted on the Better Made website. The deadline for entries is Saturday, May 13th and the winner will be chosen on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th.
“Mom’s do a lot to keep the family going – we’re the glue that keeps everyone together,” says Cathy Gusmano, Better Made Retail Store Manager. “I know, because I’m a mom myself. Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvi many years ago and is celebrated in the Untied States and other parts of the world. We’re happy to acknowledge all moms everywhere for everything they do."
2016 Mother of the Year Winner - Rosemary Ference
* Rosemary receives the surprise gift of a lifetime at age 78!
Rosemary Ference who is 78 years old never experienced the joy of being a grandmother, and at her age and her husband being 82, she thought she never would. Then one day her daughter, Michelle Manery, and her son-in-law, Robert "Chip" Manery came over with a specially wrapped package for her.
For the life of her Rosemary could not figure out why she was receiving a gift. After all, it wasn't her birthday or any other special day. She opened the package with much anticipation only to find a picture frame with a small, grainy, black and white photo in it. She stared at it for the longest time before she realized what it was - an ultrasound photo of her soon-to-be granddaughter, Summer Rose Manery, now eight months old. Rosemary laughed and cried with joy.
Rosemary read about the contest in a local paper and decided to nominate her daughter for Mother of the Year, but her letter was so touching, that she was actually chosen as the winner. She was very happy and surprised to learn that she had been chosen, as she had never won anything in her life, until now. "We couldn't believe it when we found out we were going to be grandparents, especially at our ages and having hoped so long. We really didn't have much to think about except health problems, but little Summer Rose has brought us back to life. We are truly blessed!"
2014 Mom of the Year Winner - Angie Gillespie
I am the oldest child in my family, and know my mother, Angie, very well. My mom is the best mother around, and the only mother for us, so even if she doesn't win the title, she has already earned it with us. I believe that my mother should be mother of the year because of her courage, positive attitude, loving nature, and genuine personality that is pure and wonderful".
My mother is the mom of eight children, ages 4 to 17. She has been a single mother for the past three years, raising, providing and caring for her children all by herself. She hardly complains about the hard task before her every day, but instead pulls herself out of bed each and every morning ready to tackle the day with hope and faith shining in her eyes. Her days are long and tiring. Seven of her eight children have been diagnosed with autism, and many of her children have other medical problems.
During Christmas, her six-year-old son was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. Because of this, her days are spent making several trips to Seattle Autism Center and Children's Hospital, and many other cities for her children and their multiple doctor appointments and therapy sessions.
Because of how much her children need her, my mother has decided not to return to work but to instead give up her pride to ask for financial aid. This isn't easy. The paperwork and meetings are long and painful. And my mother, who has her Bachelor's Degree, often wishes there was a better way. But this is how she can be a 'stay-at-home mom' for her children. She loves her children, she loves us, absolutely and perfectly. Although she is not perfect; with her cranky days, moments of doubt, and times of craziness, she is always there for us. I can always count on her to listen to me, even when I am wrong. I can always know that when I need help, she'll be the first to be at my side.
This is my mother. She has taught me so much like honesty, virtue, courage, strength, personal integrity, benevolence, hope, faith, endurance, personal self-worth, and value. She has inspired me to be all I can be, and nothing less. She has more strength than anyone we know. This award would be our way of saying "Thank You for being our Mom, because no one could do it like you do.
"Rosemary doesn't have a computer and sent in a hand written entry letter," says Cathy Gusmano of Better Made. "We were so touched by her pure joy that we decided to make her our Mother of the Year winner, and deservedly so. Grandchildren are a true gift and we hope that Rosemary and her husband get to spend a lot of time with little Summer Rose."