2012 International Mothers of the Year event

At the 2012 International Mothers of the Year event, that was held in Austin, Texas on the 4th May, ten great women were announced to be inducted into the Mothers Hall of Fame.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and actress Reese Witherspoon have been named International Mothers of the Year for 2012

Also enshrined in the Hall of Fame this year are Victoria Beckham, a singer and fashion designer; Lisa Belkin, a Huffington Post journalist; Stephanie Decker, an Indiana housewife and tornado survivor; Betty DeGeneres, author, activist and mother of talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres; Meredith Olafson, a North Dakota nurse and surrogate mother; Holly Robinson Peete, an actress and television host; Ann Romney, philanthropist and wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; and Summer Sanders, an Olympic medalist.

And what better way to express the enduring love of motherhood than through the beauty and splendour of the Waterford Crystal Fleurology Rose. The crystal flower is a stunning life-like replica of the classic beloved blossom that has come to signify eternal love and devotion worldwide. This year each of the inductees was presented with this beautiful commemorative gift.

“We are thrilled to partner with Waterford Crystal to honor our Hall of Fame inductees” says IMHOF Executive Director Mitch Mortimer. “The Waterford brand is synonymous with tradition, prestige, and timeless elegance and beauty, traits we feel embody the spirit of each and every one of the deserving women we honor.”

The 45-year old Texas-based non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting positive messages of motherhood worldwide. Advocating respect, recognition, support and solidarity, the International Mothers Hall of Fame seeks to bring a unified voice to issues and concerns of mothers from all cultures, faiths, political and socio-economic backgrounds. The organization honors and pays tribute to the integral role that mothers play in the lives of their children, and the significant contributions their tireless and selfless efforts make to the greater good of society.