The winners of Huron Regional Medical Center’s Cutest Baby Contest were introduced on Sunday, May 17, during a Huron Community Foundation fundraiser tailgate at the Plains, according to Kim Rieger, VP of marketing and communications for HRMC.
Receiving the most votes to earn the “2015 Cutest Baby” title was Kellen James Solem, son of Alex and Sara Solem of Huron. In his entry, Sara wrote “Kellen is the happiest little guy, always smiling. Pair that with big blue eyes and chubby cheeks and your heart melts.” Kellen, Alex and Sara sported Cutest Baby t-shirts at the event and also received a personalized, framed certificate, an embroidered keepsake blanket, a $100 photo studio credit, a $200 savings bond and an opportunity to star in an HRMC television commercial.
First runner-up in the contest was Kinley Jean Fitzgerald, daughter of Keith and Brandi of Huron. Interestingly, Kinley’s older sister Cora was voted Cutest Baby in 2013. According to Kinley’s entry, she is the cutest because “when she smiles, her big blue eyes just shine. And, with cheeks like that how can she be anything but cute!” As runner-up, Kinley received an embroidered keepsake blanket, a personalized, framed certificate and a $100 savings bond.
A total of 42 entries were submitted to HRMC’s website during the month of March. During April, 1,436 people voted from 36 states, as well as Nova Scotia, Canada and Puerto Rico. The winners were chosen via a People’s Choice vote. To view all the babies, visit the hospital’s website at www.huronregional.org, and click on “Cutest Baby.”