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Bon Secours Honors Richmond Mothers

“Magnificent Moms” Contest Results in 25 Honorees

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Richmond, Va. (May 11, 2006) Twenty-five women were honored tonight as part of the annual Magnificent Mom competition, sponsored by Bon Secours Richmond Health System, with co-sponsors Style Weekly, Children’s Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting.

The Magnificent Mom contest is held in honor of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated this year on May 14. The contest winners were selected by a panel of judges and the selection process was based on essays written on behalf of the nominees by family and friends.

The winners, 20 of them from across the metropolitan area and five who work within the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, were joined by their families and nominators at a ceremony and reception at the Children’s Museum.

“We are overwhelmed by the response we have received from family and friends who want to honor the mothers in their lives,” said Mary Anne Graf, vice president of women’s services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “What these women have accomplished for family and community is remarkable. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize some of Richmond’s unheralded heroes.”

The 2006 winners are Eva Davis Brinkley, Elizabeth Tacey, Cheryl Morris Sigmund, Deborah Ann Hatcher, Katherine Godin, Betty Lyons, Dawn Henderson, April Niamtu, Angela Ogden, Bertha Aiken, Shereen WaterLily, Monica Cort, Nellie League, Ra’Queal Covington, Dana Lynn Garone, Hillary Spiro Hawkins, MD, Talna Pettigrew Kirby, Millie Spevak, Gerry McCormack, Jennifer Turner, Geraldine Payne, Libby Meeks, Gloria Salvellano, Susan Schiavo and Margaret Baker.

Virginia First Lady Anne B. Holten served as a judge for the contest. Other judges included Colette Bernard, community leader, Dollie Mae Burrell, a 2005 Magnificent Mom award winner, Jeanine Harper, executive director of Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Sister Anne Marie Mack, CBS, vice president of mission for Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Karen Coltrane of the Children’s Museum.

Photos and biographies of the winners will be on display at the Children’s Museum and all Bon Secours hospitals during the month of May.

Other gifts given to winners include a one-year membership to the Children’s Museum, a gift package from Soak, a spa rejuvenation package, a silver charm bracelet and charm and an engraved crystal Bon Secours biscuit jar.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is a not-for-profit health system with four hospitals in the Richmond area.

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