Seventeen-month-old Caleb Williams was named 2014 Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby as part of the fifth annual “Celebree Presents Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby” contest which took place on Saturday, May 10, hosted by Harford Family House. As the winner of the contest, Caleb received more than $11,000 in cash and prizes, including a full year of pre-school valued at $9,000 donated by title sponsor Celebree Learning Centers.
The event raised a total of $16,000 to support the valuable work of Harford Family House, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. For a quarter of a century, Harford Family House has provided transitional housing and resources to families in need, to move them from homelessness and hopelessness to stability and hope. It costs just $25 to provide one night of housing to a parent or child in need. The funds raised through this event will provide 160 nights of shelter for a family of four.
Generous prize packages were also awarded to first runner up, 13-month-old Ella Cassell, and second runner up, 11-month-old Tillman Pollock. In addition to the Beautiful Baby contest, four other contests were held and the following winners selected:
- Mother/Daughter Look-a-Like: Cathy Koncurat and daughter, Megan, 17 years old.
- Father/Son Look-a-Like: Brandon Humphrey and son, Mason, one-and-a-half years old.
- Parent/Child Look-a-Like: Carl Kramer and daughter, Madison, eight months.
- Baby Crawl Race: Peyton Smoot, nine months.
The prizes and event were made possible by generous sponsorships from the following: Celebree Learning Centers, Jones Junction, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, APGFCU, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, Susquehanna Bank, Mars Supermarkets, My Gym, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Harford Mall, Bel Air Athletic Club, Anni Oh Photography, Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz and Klein’s ShopRite.
A panel of judges chose the winner from the 10 entries that had received the most pre-event online votes. This year’s judges were: Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz, Debra McCollum of Jones Junction, Tracy Piccolo of Saxon’s Diamond Center and Karen Hensley RNC, PEDS, BSN of Upper Chesapeake Health Family Birthplace. The grand prize winner was announced at an award ceremony on May 10 at the Center Court of Harford Mall as part of a day-long event.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend! Parents and children came out to enjoy a fun event that also supports the important work of Harford Family House in their community. We want to thank participants and local businesses for making this year’s Beautiful Baby contest a stunning success!” says Harford Family House Executive Director Joyce Duffy.
About Harford Family House
Harford Family House is the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. Other programs include Emergency Shelter for families and HUD Supportive Housing for homeless families where one family member has a disability. Clients are provided with a fully furnished apartment or house and receive case management services and referrals to partner agencies to move them from homelessness and hopelessness to hope and independence.
Celebree Learning Centers, headquartered in Forest Hill, Maryland, is a leader in quality child care, with the mission to protect, educate and nurture children from ages six weeks through school age and is comprised of twenty community-based centers throughout Maryland and Delaware. Celebree was established by Richard Huffman in 1994 with the goal to provide communities in need with high quality child care and preschool services. Currently Celebree serves the families of more than 2,000 children and employs over 600 teachers and support professionals.