Western Union Mother of the Year Contest Winner Announced!

WESTERN UNION HONORS MOTHER OF THE YEAR

AWARDS $50,000 TO CONTEST WINNER!

A mother’s love is universal and the ways to honor her on Mother’s Day are virtually endless. In recognition of the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations throughout the world, The Western Union is honoring Beatriz Gamba, 72, a native of Colombia who lives in Boston, Mass. as the 2009 Western Union Mother of the Year.

Rodrigo Gamba, 49, a U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant stationed in Peoria, Illinois, explained in his Western Union Mother of the Year Contest entry how his mother raised him, his sister and a mentally disabled brother, making great sacrifices to ensure that in spite of their humble beginnings they would have a better life.

“My mother’s love and devotion makes her the most amazing woman and mother I know,” said Gamba. “She suffered and persevered through insurmountable obstacles to make my sister and I who we are today; a testimony to her. She insisted that her children be educated and have the opportunities unavailable to her.”

Hispanic TV personality Ana Maria Canseco served on the panel of judges that selected Rodrigo Gamba’s entry as the Mother of the Year Contest winner.

“Beatriz’ story represents the struggles and sacrifices of many of our Hispanic mothers,” said Ana Maria Canseco. “I hope this prize money helps fulfill the dreams of both Rodrigo and his family, and that this Mother’s Day is unforgettable for Beatriz.”

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