Staten Island resident Christine Degregorio might just become an official super mom! She’s one of many women from around the world competing in colossal.org‘s Super Mom contest, a friendly competition that celebrates motherhood while raising awareness for an important cause.
The winner of the contest will receive $20,000, a two-page feature in Woman’s World magazine and a weekend getaway to Palm Springs, Calif. The contest works to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit that aims to save and improve the lives of children.
Being a Super Mom to Her Kids
Degregorio, a Susan Wagner High School teacher who has two girls, Lily, age 8, and Sharon, age 6, came across the online contest while browsing digital parenting magazines in February.
As part of the Super Mom contest nominee submission process, the competition asks mothers: What is one memory of your kids that you will never forget?
For her answer, Degregorio described how her kids persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My daughter, Lily, loves science. She loves going to the science museum and the space museum, but they were closed during the pandemic. It broke my heart so much that I made our living room into a science museum,” the mom explained as she spoke about using aluminum foil and cardboard to make a kid-size rocket ship complete with planet designs and little windows.
Seeing her daughter’s face overcome with joy at the sight of the home-made “rocket” was priceless and made Degregorio feel like a real super hero.
Voting for Super Mom
The 35-year-old mom also wrote about some of her favorite things about being a mom, which includes guiding her kids and helping them become their own person.
When the Super Mom contest organizers told Degregorio she was chosen to be a finalist, she was thrilled.
“I was very flattered,” she said. “I love talking about my kids and my viewpoints about motherhood, and coming up with things to do together with other moms. I was excited about it”
At first, Degregorio thought it was a long shot to get this far into the competition, mostly because she doesn’t have a strong social media following, she explained.
“I saw it was a social media contest and thought, ‘I’ll just see how this plays out,’” she said. “In the beginning I didn’t promote it, but people just came across the link. They started voting and I thought, ‘Wow, Im actually doing pretty well.’”
Finalists for the Super Mom contest still have to go through final rounds over the next few weeks. The public votes each week, usually supporting the mother they can relate to the most. The grand prize winner will be announced on or around June 15, 2023.
Colossal, a fundraising company, raises money for a variety of causes through friendly online competitions. The competitions work by promotion through social media and word-of-mouth advertising to collect votes.
Voting for Super Mom is open to the public. Anyone interested in supporting Degregorio or learning more about the contest can do so here.
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