Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby Contest Opens March 1
[Bel Air, MD] February 28, 2013—Registration for the fourth annual “Celebree Presents Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby” contest, hosted by Harford Family House and SARC, opens on Friday, March 1, 2013 and will run through March 31. The winner will be announced at a live event on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Harford Mall and receive a prize package valued at more than $11,000.
This year, the period to submit entries is limited to one month only to ensure all entries receive equal voting time. To enter, parents must submit a non-professional photograph of their newborn through 18-month-old and a $25 entry fee between March 1 and March 31. Entries can be submitted online, at all Harford County Celebree Learning Centers or by mailing a photo, entry form and check to Harford Family House at 53 E. Bel Air Avenue, Suite 3, Aberdeen, MD, 21001. All checks should be made payable to Harford Family House. No entries will be accepted after March 31.
Voting will then open on April 1 and run through April 30. Once voting has closed, the top 10 highest vote-getters on the photo contest website will be announced, from which a group of judges will choose the Beautiful Baby contest winner at the Harford Mall on May 11. Returning judges from last year’s contest include Sandi Linkous of Merle Norman Salon and Spa; Debra McCollum of Jones Junction; Karen Hensley RNC-PEDS, BSN of Upper Chesapeake Health - Family Birthplace; and Lance Hersh of Saxon’s Diamond Centers.
The top vote-getters will be notified in advance and must be available to attend the award ceremony on May 11, at which the grand prize winner will be announced. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 donated by Susquehanna Bank in addition to a full year of pre-school, valued at $9,700, donated by title sponsor Celebree Learning Centers and more. New this year, generous prize packages will also be awarded to the second and third place Beautiful Baby contest winners. Other prizes include a gift membership to the Bel Air Athletic Club valued at $799 and gift certificates to My Gym and Kid’s First Swim Club.
WJZ TV’s Kristy Breslin will serve as the master of ceremonies for this year’s event. In addition to the Beautiful Baby Contest, the event will again feature a Mother/Daughter Look-a-Like Contest, a Father/Son Look-a-Like Contest and a Baby Crawl race and a new Parent/Child Look-a-Like event. These events will be held at the Center Court of Harford Mall with activities scheduled throughout the day, including a performance from Chung's Martial Arts.
According to Harford Family House executive director Joyce Duffy, the Beautiful Baby event relies entirely on support from local businesses, and organizers are currently soliciting sponsors and donations to make this year’s event as successful as last year’s. “We are especially grateful to Celebree for signing on for the second year in a row as our title sponsor for the event. They have been a fantastic partner and we look forward to working with them to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever,” says Duffy. “We would also like to thank our other sponsors who have signed on to support this year’s event, including Susquehanna Bank, Growing Smiles, Jones Junction, Upper Chesapeake Health - Family Birthplace, APGFCU, Merle Norman, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, GIRLEEgurlz, Kids First Swim Club, My Gym and Harford Mutual Insurance.”
To enter any of the contests, become a sponsor or find out more about Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby activities, visit the event website at www.harfordbaby.org.