America's Favorite Celebrity Siblings, Donny & Marie, to Host Teleflora's Mother's Day NBC Special
Osmonds Will Crown Winner of America's Favorite Mom Search
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2008 -- Teleflora and NBC today
announced that America's favorite celebrity siblings, Donny & Marie Osmond,
will host the "Teleflora Presents America's Favorite Mom" Mother's Day
special on May 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. EDT. During the primetime special, the
Osmonds will perform together and at the end of the broadcast, they will
crown one lucky winner "America's Favorite Mom" based on the results of
Americans voting online the week of May 5-9, 2008.
"Donny and I grew up in a large family under the tender care of an
exceptional mother," said Marie Osmond, mother of eight children herself.
"She was the perfect 'stage mother.' She was there for us every stage of
our lives. On this 100-year anniversary of Mother's Day, we want to
recognize and applaud the women who create the future for every community
through their dedication to raising children."
"Mothers are the cornerstone of every family," added Donny Osmond.
"They give so much of themselves everyday and Marie and I are looking
forward to play a part in honoring America's real treasures."
The iconic brother-sister singing sensations were the youngest
primetime hosts in television history when "The Donny & Marie Show" debuted
in 1976. The two reconnected in 1998, when they co-hosted the "Donny &
Marie" talk show. Most recently, Marie danced her way back into America's
heart during last season's "Dancing with the Stars" and Donny is currently
appearing on the big screen in the Disney comedy, "College Road Trip." The
pair will also be performing live this summer in Las Vegas for the first
time in over 25 years at the MGM Grand Hotel (the run has been sold out for
Their own mother, Olive Osmond, who passed away in 2004, started the
Osmond Foundation which later became the Children's Miracle Network, a
nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of
children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America.
Since its inception, the Children's Miracle Network has raised $3.4
billion, contributing critical funding to 170 children's hospitals so they
can provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative
education to help children overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.
"America has embraced Donny and Marie as if they were a part of their
own family, watching them grow from young singing sensations to
inspirational parents," said Lynda Resnick, chairman, Teleflora. "Their own
mother created such a lasting legacy that has helped millions of sick and
injured children across the country. They were a perfect fit to help
Teleflora pay tribute to America's incredible moms who are making a
difference everyday in the lives of their families, communities and the
"We are so pleased to have the great American brother and sister team
Donny and Marie join NBC in celebrating a time honored tradition," said
Doug Vaughan, Senior Vice President, Special Programs and Alternative
Development, NBC Entertainment. "NBC is once again the destination for
holiday-themed programming, as we salute influential Mothers from all
around the country on their special day."
Thousands of moms have already been nominated online at
http://www.AmericasFavoriteMom.com, representing amazing examples of
dedicated and caring moms from all walks of life. Nominations are being
accepted in the categories of single moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms,
unconventional moms and military moms through April 25, 2008, when a panel
of experts will narrow the pool to the top three semi-finalists in each
category. Fifteen semi-finalists will appear on NBC's award-winning "Today"
show the week before Mother's Day. Each day, viewers will be able to cast
their vote online for their favorite mom.
Five finalists will be vying for the title of "America's Favorite Mom"
on the NBC primetime special on Mother's Day at 7 p.m. EDT. The winning mom
will be crowned in front of an audience of millions of people by Donny &
Marie and take home thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, including an
18k gold heart-shaped "America's Favorite Mom" pendant trimmed with
Teleflora is the world's leading floral service offering the best
choice in floral arrangements and convenient local delivery. Headquartered
in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has over 20,000 member florists
throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated
florists outside North America. Teleflora offers industry-leading floral
arrangements and gifts, technology, marketing and education services.
Through its extensive member florists' network, Web sites including
http://www.teleflora.com and http://www.findaflorist.com, and its toll-free
line 1-800-TELEFLORA, the company offers consumers fast, convenient and
high-quality flowers and keepsake products.
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network's
primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC's quality programs and
balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, ratings success,
particularly among young, upscale viewers, and numerous awards, including
more Emmy Awards than any network in television history.