WATCH: MOMinate winner Laurie Hodd receives full beauty makeover from Kimberly Caldwell

"It's nice to know someone wants you to be happy"

Laurie Hodd and her daughter Emily Russell won Whitecaps FC's first-ever MOMinate Mother's Day contest. They both received a full beauty makeover (see video) from Kimberly Caldwell, fiancee of Whitecaps FC defender Jordan Harvey, as well as a gift bag from Kim’s favourite haircair line, Thermafuse, a one-of-a-kind handmade leather handbag from her line Stage Presents, a KIND snack prize pack, a one-night stay at Hyatt Regency Vancouver with breakfast for two at Mosaic Restaurant, and last but not least, two tickets to a Whitecaps FC match at BC Place.

And as you can see from the winning submission from Emily, which received over 350 votes, Laurie was a well deserving recipient.

“My mother Laurie Hodd, deserves the ultimate prize pack and makeover because she is one of the strongest and the most loving person I know. 

Unfortunately for the last 3 years she has been battling with cancer. I have always shared a very special bond with my mom and I am proud to call her my best friend. Although she may not currently have any hair owing to chemotherapy (again), feeling beautiful on the outside means a lot to her because she doesn't always feel beautiful on the inside.

This year’s Mother’s Day is an important one because we may not have another one together. I have always been a fan of the Whitecaps and know that my mom has always wanted to attend a game at BC Place with me. This would be a happy and shared memory for my mother and I. Many thanks for considering my MOMination.”

Emily Russell