DALTON, GA – Lucas Warren, this year’s Gerber Spokesbaby, from Dalton, enjoyed his second birthday Sunday. Lucas’ photo was chosen from among more than 140,000 entries to win the Spokesbaby contest in February. As the Grand Prize winner, Lucas’ family received $50,000, he was given the coveted title of 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby and took a front seat on Gerber’s social media channels throughout the year.
Lucas flashed a big, giggly smile during his farm-themed birthday party this week and Gerber, the historic baby food company, shared his picture on their Facebook page. The birthday bash was thrown by Gerber.
The Georgia baby was the first Gerber baby chosen with Down syndrome.
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby,” said Bill Partyka, President and CEO, Gerber. “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”
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Gerber has received countless photos over the past 90 years from parents who think of their little ones when they see Gerber’s iconic baby logo. In 2017, the logo was refreshed to pay homage to the original black-and-white sketch of the first Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, who just celebrated her 91st birthday. Inspired by the adorable baby photos received from proud parents, Gerber launched its first official Photo Search in 2010 and has continued celebrating babies and toddlers every year since, not only through Photo Search but through its real, delicious and nutritious food for babies and expert tools and services for parents.
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“This is such a proud moment for us as parents knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy, not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country,” said Lucas’ mom, Cortney Warren in February when Lucas received the honor. “We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world – just like our Lucas!”
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Photo courtesy of Gerber