Top 3 Moms of Coachella Valley Announced at "Best Moms" Luncheon
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INDIAN WELLS - It's Mother’s Day weekend so Time Warner Cable is hosting their tenth annual "Best Moms" Luncheon. Hundreds of kids submitted either essays or videos explaining why they think their mom is the best mom in the Coachella Valley. Of those moms, 25 were picked. Today, the top three were announced. KMIR 6 morning anchor Anthony Alvarez co-emceed the event at the Miramonte Spa and Resort.
The submissions were judged on three different elements. "They're judged on content, creativity and style. It was a two tier judging system. Our employees judged the first round and then elected officials and media judged the next,” says Communications Specialist for Time Warner Cable Elli Tourje. Assemblyman Brian Nestande was one of those elected officials. He says he sees the hard work and dedication Coachella Valley moms make every day. "It's great to recognize not just mothers, but grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers. It's just a wonderful way to appreciate the work they do. I was raised by a wonderful mother who has passed now but I still have great memories of her so I know the hard work that mothers do,” says Nestande.
One of the mom's he's talking about is Lezly Clayton. Her daughter Morgan sent in an essay and judges say the mixture of intamacy and humour got her a spot in the top three. "You can just tell by their relationship together that they have a connection. A very healthy mother-daughter relationship and I love that about them,” says Tourje.
"It's important just to be a part of your child's life, to communicate with them, to share with them my experiences that I have had so they can learn from them and maybe they don't have to go through some of the same struggles,” says top three winner and mom Lezly Clayton. Morgan attends Palm Desert Charter Middle School and says her mom has taught her many life lessons, but there are some that stick out. "She always wants us to be kind and generous and help others,” says Morgan. The other two moms were Dina Possidon-Hildebrand, whose daughter Alexander Possidon attends Abraham Lincoln Elementary and Lisa Jiminez, whose daughter Abigail Smith attends La Quinta High School.
While this weekend is all about appreciating mom's, Clayton says it works just as well the other way around. "I just feel so lucky to have her and I am just so thankful every day for such a wonderful blessing,” says Clayton.
Highlights from their three essays, along with all the finalists, can be found at: