2017- 2018 Gerber Baby Contest Winner!
The 2017-2018 Gerber Baby Contest Winner is an 18 month old named Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia. Lucas was selected from over 140,000 entries in Gerber’s nationwide search for the perfect Gerber Spokesbaby. Lucas is also the first Gerber Baby ever selected to have 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, Gerber’s president and CEO. “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.”
Read this article in the Huffington Post about this years Baby Contest Winner
Lucas’ mom Courtney Warren is thrilled that Lucas was selected as this year’s baby contest winner and hopes that Gerber’s platform will help spread the joy.
“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 opportunity to change the world – just like our Lucas!” she said.
Lucas’s father, Jason Warren, said he hopes this will bring more acceptance for people with conditions such as Down syndrome.
“We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” Jason Warren told “Today.” “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
Cortney Warren told “Today” she is excited for the honor, but she wants her son to be recognized as the funny, outgoing, music-loving child he is.
“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” she said. “He’s got an awesome personality, and he goes through the milestones of every child. . . . We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”
According to the family, Lucas loves music and has just started signing the word “more” in American Sign Language. His dad has been in the Georgia National Guard for six years helping repair helicopters, and his mom works part-time.
As the 2018 Gerber Baby Contest grand prize winner, Lucas will be named the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby and his family will receive $50,000, which his parents are going to put toward his education.
Courtney submitted the photo of Lucas on Instagram and deserves to be seen again. This time look at the photo as if you were a judge of a photo contest.
We think that Lucas’ winning photo is an exceptional photo for any baby photo contest, the subject is perfectly centered in the frame, the cloths and background are complementary, and most importantly Lucas is captured at just the right moment. He looks incredibly happy and healthy, it’s no wonder he was selected as the 2017-2018 Gerber Baby Contest Winner congratulations!