And RVA’s Mom of the Year is…

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to nominate a mother in your life who deserves a night on the town, courtesy of the Omni. Come see which special, Richmond mom gets the honors.

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to nominate a mother in your life who deserves a special night on the town. We requested sweetness, sentiment, and stories that would tug at our heartstrings. And boy, did you deliver. Many tissues were hurt during this process.

So, without further ado, RVA’s Mother of the Year is…

Laura Meyer Hamilton

Congratulations, Laura! You are the winner of a gift certificate good for a weekend night stay at the Omni, including dinner and breakfast for two!

Laura was nominated by her friend Karen who had this to say…

If you visit you’d understand fully why I am submitting this entry. Laura and her husband find their strength through their faith, their family, and their friends. Laura has become a voice for her son’s disease while raising three other children. She never finds time for herself. Her nights out consist of support group meetings and planning meetings to get the word out about her son’s disease. Through it all she still smiles, uncertain what the future brings for her son. It’s stressful enough worrying about your children but knowing that you may face a day where your child may leave this world be before you do would put me in a tail spin. I cannot image what her days/nights are like. I hope you’ll take a minute to read her blog. It tells you more about who she is and why she is and should be your Mother of the Year.

Just this March, Laura’s sweet baby boy Ethan (born on December 5, 2008) was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease. Since then, in addition to the demands of raising a family, Laura has started her crusade of raising awareness for her son’s disease. When you get a minute, take a look at her blog. Her positive attitude, determination, and complete and utter love for her children will take your breath away. We are thrilled to be able to give her the chance to take some time for herself — she deserves it so much. And a special thanks to the Omni for giving us the opportunity to be a part of honoring Laura.

And while we’ve got your attention, we’d also like to take a minute to introduce you to our other finalists (and to rat out the people who nominated them):

  • Jeanne Gibson, nominated by her son, Brandon
  • Sarah Clifford, nominated by her fiance, Kent Jennings Brockwell
  • Susan Witt, nominated by her future daughter-in-law, Tina Elam
  • Sarah Bonkovsky, nominated by her friend, Matt Fisher
  • Jackie Cosner, nominated by her daughter, Traci Mir
  • Mary T. Munton, nominated by her son, Christopher
  • Claudette Baker, nominated by her daughter, Carol Anne Baker-Lajoie

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. We loved reading about the wonderful mothers in your lives.

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