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Waltham, MA--July 11, 2008-- After conducting a nationwide search for exceptional caregiver stories, the premier source of trustworthy family care options, today announced the two grand prize winners for the 1st Annual Care Hero contest. received entries from across the country, sharing stories about mothers, daughters, babysitters, nannies and other loved ones that have made a difference in the lives of their families and communities.

Mary O'Brien of Norton, MA and Brenda Banez of Raynham, MA were recognized as this year's grand prize Care Hero winners. Among other prizes, the two winners will be featured in an upcoming national television campaign.

Mary was selected for the selflessness she has displayed to so many people in her life. From caring for her 10 children and 16 grandchildren, to providing daily support for her aunt and uncle who she invited to live in her home in their old age, Mary exemplifies a Care Hero. Described as 'the most incredible mother, grandmother, wife and friend,' Mary has spent her life helping others and is truly a model caregiver.

Brenda was also chosen for her courageous parenting since the tragic loss of her husband in a car accident. As described by her sister, 'Brenda amazes me everyday. Her four children are her life and every decision made is in their best interest. She drives to and from school and takes care of nap time, potty training, breakfast-lunch-dinner, bath time, bible stories, prayer and memories of Dad all before bed.' Brenda's courage and constant commitment to her family in the face of adversity makes her a true Care Hero.

'We were amazed by the wonderful stories we received from families across the country about mothers, grandmothers, babysitters, nannies and more that have touched their lives,' said Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO of 'It was a challenge to pick just two grand prize winners, but Mary and Brenda both truly epitomize Care Heroes.'

In addition to the two grand prize winners, announced 10 runners-up. The runners-up included:

  • Barbi Bartholomew of Bradenton, FL
  • Jared Bogacz of Littleton, CO
  • Patricia Costa of Somerset, MA
  • Kathy Doherty of Stoneham, MA
  • Claire Lesser of Framingham, MA
  • Mark Mazzucco of Mesa, AZ
  • Geri Noyes of Littleton, CO
  • Daniele Ubanks of Hope Mills, NC
  • Pat Weeks of Goleta, CA
  • Audrey Yzaguirre of Mount Airy, MD

Nominations for the Care Hero contest were submitted through

Launched in May 2007, helps families to find babysitters, nannies, tutors, senior care providers, pet sitters and housekeepers through a national network of trusted providers. With local search options currently available in more than 40 major cities across the United States, provides members with provider profiles that have been reviewed by a team of experienced moms, free background checks, recorded reference and provider ratings.

For more information on how to find child care, tutoring, senior care, pet care and housekeeping using, visit

Founded in 2006, is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through-child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services. Through its for Recruiters service, also enables companies to find high-quality caregiving employees. For more information, visit

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