On May 12th, Marcella Lee, weekend anchor for CBS 8, and I co-emceed San
Diego’s 50 Best Moms Awards yearly luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
La Jolla, California. This is the eleventh year Time Warner Cable has hosted this community program celebrating exceptional mothers.
This year’s contest was based on essay and, for the first time, also included
video submissions from approximately 2,000 elementary, middle school and high
school students from San Diego county. In their essays or videos, children from
4th to 12th grade explain why their mothers deserve the honor of Best Mom.
Winning moms are selected by a panel of volunteer judges which consists of
local print and television journalists like Jodi Kodesh of NBC 7/39, Tom
Jordan of KUSI and Nichelle Medina with KFMB among others. Elected officials
such as San Diego Council Member Marti Emerald, Solana Beach Council Member Dave Roberts and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer District Director Caridad Sanchez, along with yours truly, donate their time to read essays. As you might know, I have had the priviladge of being involved with this community program since 2006, the year I was awarded with the incredible honor of Best Mom.
Each essay is read and scored based on specific guidelines provided by Time
Warner Cable and Community Outreach Director, Pam Pantua. And, this year’s
winners were nothing short of inspirational!
Applause and cheers greeted announcements of several breast cancer survivors
as they walked the red carpet onto the stage to accept their awards. A
wheelchair-bound mother who, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis took
up playing wheelchair basketball , was later also diagnosed with breast cancer.
But, she hasn’t let these setbacks keep her from doing what she loves best:
being a mother to her son. The applause and tears of admiration for her were
abundant as she wheeled herself to the stage to accept her award.