Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap

We are so incredibly grateful for the partnership with not only Daniel Elnes of Edward Jones Financial but also the Glensheen. Without them, this event would not have been possible. Also, a special shout out to Amanda Cane of JaneCane Photography who captured our evening perfectly and provided us with these AMAZING pictures!

On the evening of April 13th, One Hundred guests along with their friends and/or partners gathered at the Glensheen for a fun night out to honor moms for our first annual Mommy Awards.  The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was amazing for our red carpet event.  

Due to construction in the basement of the Glensheen where our event would have normally taken place, we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to hold our event on the main level of the Glensheen and socialize like the Congdon’s would have years ago. 

Our guests were greeted by our Duluth Moms Blog owner and executive team, the sounds of Heartstrings, and our event photographer JaneCane Photography who snapped pictures of their arrival for them to download in the near future.  Guests brought donations to our partner, First Witness– a local organization that supports children and ends child abuse.  Together we collected over five full bags of non-perishable food items that we will be dropping off for them this week! 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

The Glensheen was open for our guests to leisurely wander around and take in the beautifully adorned spaces on the first and second level of the mansion. 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Our friends at Security Jewelers  lent a few lucky ladies some jewels from their store. What a special treat to wear such beautiful pieces for the evening!

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Black Woods provided us with delicious Hors d’Oeuvres for our social hour.

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Our friends over at Snazzy Cakes made us the MOST amazing and beautiful cake we had ever seen!  Seriously, just look at this creation! {and for the record.. it tasted just as amazing}! 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Bella Flora made sure we had plenty of color sprinkled everywhere when they provided us with not only amazing centerpieces, but the flowers on the cake, and a bouquet for the “mom of the year” award! 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Jane from the Glensheen made the announcement that those in attendance could come back in June to kick off their self-guided tours and claim their annual pass! {More details to follow on that}!

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Midway through the evening our cake from Snazzy Cakes was cut and served and our guests flooded the first floor corridor waiting for the awards ceremony to begin. 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Daniel Elnes, our sponsor and partner was the brain-child behind this event. He had a vision that all moms should receive an award for their hard work as a mom whether they are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home.  Dan stated that while he receives awards at his corporate job for his hard work, his wife labors tirelessly at home with their three little kids and it often goes unnoticed.  Dan wanted to honor ALL hard working moms on this evening and we were thrilled to have him as a partnering sponsor for our event. 

In the weeks leading up to the event as the nominations came in, they were printed off and names were whited out before handing them off to our nominations committee.  The committee was made up of three females, and one male.  Each winner received some chocolate, a bottle of wine, and a certificate with their name on it! 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

With bated breath, the “Mom of the Year” award was announced and Holly Elnes was chosen! Congratulations Holly on this well deserved award.  

Holly received a bottle of wine, chocolate, family mini session from JaneCane Photography, an engraved frame from Security Jewelers, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Bella Flora.

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

Congratulations again to all of our winners from this years Mommy Awards!

  • Sleepless in Duluth – Hannah Kurtz
  • Mother Nature – Ericka Olin
  • Spirit Award – Amber Coffman
  • I showered two days in a row – Sara Strand
  • Most Supportive Friend – Taylor LeMay
  • Best Supporting Partner – Megan Drevecky-Rees
  • Mother Theresa – Gina Skopinski
  • Best Cuddler – Ellie Just
  • Single Mom – Kelly Nelson
  • Mom of the Year – Holly Elnes

A special shout out to all the nominees from this years event! 

  • Sarah Herrick – Smisek
  • Amanda Leone
  • Hannah Lindstrom
  • Kelly Stainiger
  • Bekah Priest
  • Sharla Riutta
  • Christa Scheider
  • Sharon Sommerfeld
  • Anna Bailey
  • Ashley Klingsheim
  • Emily McCarthy
  • Jenelle Radermacher
  • Jena Evans
  • Kristen Kaas
Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

A very special thank you to the all the businesses who provided giveaways for the night. 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

…and to the businesses who provided our guests with swag! 

Mommy Awards 2017 Event Recap | Duluth Moms Blog

In case you missed it.. we made the news! 

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