Tonight Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers' Angels, was voted America's Favorite Mom. It was the grand finale (Patti won a prize in a preliminary event) and the big prize was $250k plus other gifts!
I'm not sure what others plan(ned) to do with their winnings (each of 5 semifinalists won $25k), but Patti had promised her winnings to support Soldiers' Angels, which is why she had so much support in the voting, especially among milbloggers as you can see here, here, here, and here.
The prizes are really wonderful for SA. Donations help fund all those first care packages that get sent to each troop that gets submitted to SA for a deployment adoption. They help fund airfare for families needing to get to injured troops. Special events and BBQs for our wounded in our military hospitals. Cheer and care items for our more senior veterans in VA hospitals. Sponsorships for events like Face of America Bike Ride. The list goes on and on. Every dollar helps.
PLUS. What an awesome Mother's Day for Patti: Army son #1, Brandon, nominated her for the prize, and Army son #2, Brett, was live via satellite from Iraq when she was announced as a semi-finalist and then as the grand prize winner. Pretty terrific all around.
So, wouldn't you like to join the party and adopt one of those 800+ troops waiting for an Angel?
That number went up above 1000, so we need more help to get it down - adopt a troop today!