Love Our Children USA has announced the recipients of the Eighth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards.

May 12th is Mother’s Day. It’s a time we celebrate Mothers not just for their love and nurturing, but their selfless acts and their ability to give to others.

It’s also a time when violence against children affects over 3 million children and when bullying and suicides are at an all-time high.

Love Our Children USA takes pride in announcing the recipients of the Eighth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards, recognizing celebrity mothers for balancing motherhood, work and causes.

This year’s winners are celebrity moms Sandra Bullock, Sheryl Crow and Marie Osmond. These three incredible moms take on vital issues, giving of themselves to better the lives of others, still balancing their work and parenting!

Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA said "We are thrilled to honor three mothers who are not only noted celebrities, but they are three selfless and caring women who contribute so much to their children and families, their careers, society and to causes.

“At a time when our country’s youth are plagued by bullying, cyberbullying, Internet dangers, school violence and suicide; these mothers serve as role models to mothers everywhere — making children their first priority.”

The 2013 Mothers Who Make A Difference include:

  • Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after roles in such hit films such asSpeed, Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality and Crash to name a few. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress and a SAG Award for her role in the movie The Blind Side.

Bullock is the mother of Louis Bardo Bullock who she adopted in 2010. Sandra Bullock continues to balance life between being a mom, filming movies as one of the most popular actresses in our country and in her humanitarian efforts. Her philanthropic efforts include the adoption of the Warren Easton High School in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She has contributed funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors, band uniforms, athletic equipment and has helped fund the renovation to the auditorium and the construction of a school-based health clinic. Sandra Bullock has been a public supporter of the American Red Cross, the Liberty Disaster Relief Fund, the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunamis, the Haiti Earthquake, the 2011 Japan Earthquake and the oil spill in the 
Gulf of Mexico. She was awarded with the People’s Choice 2013 “Favorite Humanitarian Award.”

  • Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, mother and political activist. She has released seven studio albums, two compilations, a live album, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Having sold more than 17 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide, Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of thirty-two nominations).

Pursuing her dream of becoming a mother, she adopted Wyatt Steven Crow in May, 2007, and in June, 2010 adopted son Levi James Crow. Sheryl Crow and her sons live on a farm outside Nashville, Tennessee.

A breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow is no stranger to giving back. She supports numerous children’s and cancer organizations, and performed at a fundraiser to help build Canada’s largest Breast Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, as well as a fundraiser with Sting to support the hospital’s expanding High Risk Mothers and Babies centre. She has been inspired by the work of the World Food Programme and encourages her fans to make donations to this non-profit organization. She performed at a concert as part of the All-Star Game festivities, helping to raise money for the cancer charity, Stand Up To Cancer, and has continued to show her dedication to environmental causes. Politically active, Crow has supported Rock the Vote's youth registration drive. 

  • Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond a member of the show business family The Osmonds is a singer, actress, doll designer and mother.

She gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Beginning with her national debut at age three on The Andy Williams Show, Marie has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence recognized across generations. Entertaining for five continuous decades is a rare accomplishment, achieved by very few women. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad “Paper Roses.” From 1976 to 1979, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond hosted the TV variety show Donny & Marie. As a recording artist with over 35 albums and numerous gold records, a standout career highlight was a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” Award for “Meet Me In Montana.”

The mother of eight children, Marie Osmond has a lot to balance and does it well. She has written books, performed on Broadway and in television movies, performed on Dancing With The Stars, and for over 18 years has received the Dolls of Excellence and Doll of the Year Awards and nominations; making her one of the top doll designers in the world. Marie Osmond Dolls is the top selling line of dolls in QVC. Despite her fame, Marie remains devoted to her family.

Along with actor John Schneider, she co-founded the non-profit organization Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) in 1983. The CMN is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals around the world. She also supports the Gibson Girl Foundation, the MedicAlert Foundation and the Annual Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction. Marie also serves as a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and “Go Red for Women.”

The winners will receive crystal heart awards designed specifically for Love Our Children USA by the illustrious crystal designers We congratulate them and all mothers who make a difference and wish them a very Happy Mothers’ Day.

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