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Abbott Awards Arizona Mother $135,000 in National Similac® Contest


nfant formula maker recognizes hard-working moms for the second consecutive year

Columbus, Ohio.— Amy Kaminski, a mom from Tucson, Arizona, is the grand prize winner of $135,000 in the second annual “Similac Mom’s Payday” contest, sponsored by Abbott. Kaminski earned the title after her entry was chosen from more than 30,000 photo essays.

According to a recent survey by, a typical mom like Kaminski should earn $135,000 per year based on her daily activities — a $5,000 raise over last year’s figure. The Similac Mom’s $135K Payday contest invited moms and moms-to-be to submit a photo showing their favorite “mom job,” along with a brief caption.

An early childhood educator and owner of the Tucson-based Whole Child Learning Co., Kaminski drew inspiration for her entry from the myriad of activities she performs every day while caring for her 7-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Kaminski’s entry won over the panel of mom-judges with its witty caption and humorous photo. Her winning caption reads:
All in a day’s work: Accountant, activities director, chef, chauffer, counselor, delivery service, dispatcher, emergency responder, financial planner, judge, life coach, maid, music instructor, nurse, personal shopper, photographer, record keeper, rent-a-techie, rodeo clown, secretary, set designer, teacher, travel agent; whatever you call it, this Mom’s favorite job is juggling!

“Undoubtedly there are few callings in life that are as admirable, or as challenging, as parenthood,” said Matt Harris, division vice president of U.S. pediatric nutrition brands, Abbott Nutrition. “With the Similac Mom’s Payday contest, we are proud to give back to moms who give so much every day.”

Kaminski plans to use her winnings to support her family’s expanding needs, and looks forward to paying down the mortgage on her family home.

“Motherhood is a never-ending duty, and it’s comforting to know a company like Abbott supports moms and recognizes all that we do,” Kaminski said. “To have a loving family and be honored with the Similac Mom’s $135K Payday, I feel like I’m the luckiest mom in the world!”

In addition to the grand prize winner, 10 first prize winners were chosen to receive a week’s salary, worth $3,000. First prize winners are:

* Minnie Freeman-Wreh, Carrolton, Virginia.
* Heather Leonard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
* Stacy Maxwell, Absecon, New Jersey
* Nancy Phan, Saginaw, Michigan
* Chris Connolly, Fort Worth, Texas
* Bridgette Shufford, Las Vegas, Nevada
* Erin Talbot, Charlotte, North Carolina
* Nicole Thrasher, West Columbia, Texas
* Kristen Wheatley, Chicago, Illinois
* Stacey Wood, Houston, Texas

Additionally, 20 second prize winners were selected to receive a case of Similac infant formula each. The complete list of this year’s contest winners is available at


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