By staff reports
DELRAY BEACH – Mothers can play a multitude of roles — teacher, best friend, shoulder to cry on and protector, just to name a few. And according to a recent poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans also list mom as their most influential role model.
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network and the Delray Beach Tribune are asking Palm Beach County to honor special role models in the “Mom’s Making a Difference” essay contest. Through the contest, five deserving winners will receive prizes and recognition as Mothers of the Year.
“There are countless deserving mothers and role models out there,” said C. Ron Allen, founder and CEO of the mentoring program. “This is the perfect gift for them. They get to have a day to themselves and we want to treat them like the queens they are.”
This is the 20th year that the organization has been recognizing mothers on Mother’s Day, Allen said. They previously held a banquet, he said.
“With the economy the way it is today, we wanted to do something that was more relaxing and cost effective so more people could participate,” he said.
To nominate a deserving mother or mother figure, students between ages 7 and 20, may write a creative essay (between 100-300 words) describing how their mother or role model has been a positive influence in their life. The top 25 essays will be posted at DelrayBeachTribune.com starting May 1, and the public can then vote to determine the grand prize winners.
Deadline for submissions is April 15.
Winners will be recognized at a picnic on May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lake Ida Park.
Nominations must be sent to the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network, Attn. Mother’s Day recognition, 401 W. Atlantic Ave. Ste. 09, Delray Beach, FL 33444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact 561-665-0151 or email email@example.com.