Friday, March 27, 2009 | 3:59 p.m.
Adoptive and foster mothers will receive a special honor at the sixth annual Mother's Day Tea at the JW Marriott resort in Summerlin.
Children of adoptive or foster mothers are invited to nominate their mothers for the My Special Mom contest for a chance to win $1,000 prize packages. The five winners will be announced at the May 9 Hats off to Child Focus tea. Each prize package includes a laptop computer.
"Children from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade are required to enter a photo or drawing and a paragraph about what makes their mom so special," said Lisa Roughley, spokeswoman for the event. "Sixth graders to those who are college-aged can enter a picture or drawing and an essay that's up to 500 words."
The 11 a.m. event in the Valencia Ballroom benefits Child Focus, a nonprofit organization assisting the state's foster care system.
Don't forget your spring hat — it's traditional attire at the annual event.
Last year, it raised about $15,000. This year, the goal is $20,000. About 500 people are expected to attend.
Raffle and silent auction prizes include entertainment packages, gift baskets, show tickets, restaurant certificates, jewelry, artwork, health and wellness packages and a luxury weekend getaway at JW Marriott.
The balloon draw will include mother-daughter matching pendants at a value of more than $3,000 donated by event sponsor M.J. Christensen.
Zowie Bowie will be headlining. An arts and crafts area will be set up for children. Teens will receive makeovers and skin-care tips from makeup artists.
JW Marriott Executive Chef Bruce Knapik designed the menu of Devonshire cream scones, finger sandwiches, French pastries, along with a formal tea service.
Call 436-1624 for a special mother-daughter ticket priced at $75, available until April 24. Adult tickets are $55 and children are $35. For information, visit www.childfocusnv.org.
Children must mail their nomination essays or pictures by April 17 to the Child Focus office at 4310 S. Cameron St., suite 13, Las Vegas, 89103. The contest is sponsored by Cox Communications.
Becky Bosshart can be reached at 990-7748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.