The Sounder’s Mother’s Day contest not only gave Matthew Laslo-White and Donna Laslo a chance to appreciate each other, but also to see other mothers who love their children on the island.
“I really loved looking at the other pics in the competition,” said Donna. “They were all wonderful … ours was silly.”
Last month, the Sounder partnered with Rosario Resort for a “Most Amazing Mothers” photo contest. Islanders entered their favorite snapshots to win a Mother’s Day brunch for four at Rosario.
Donna and Matthew came in first with 192 votes, followed closely by Teresa and Tyra Greenway with 184 votes.
“You have been great competition,” posted Teresa to Matthew on the photo contest page. “It wouldn’t have been as fun!”
The winning picture went slightly against the grain, featuring Matthew and Donna using Photobooth, a computer program that comically distorts faces.
Donna said at first she resisted submitting such an unflattering photo, but she and her son laughed so hard looking at it that she couldn’t let her vanity get in the way. It’s a photo that reflects how much fun the two have together.
On the set of the upcoming musical “Oliver!” Matthew and Donna can be heard laughing through the halls of Orcas Center. It is their fourth play they have performed in together.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents and kids to share a community experience,” said Donna. “You get so close as a cast and get to share that.”
Matthew describes his mom as fun, supportive and an amazing mother all around.
For Donna, the upcoming holiday helps her appreciate her own mother, who passed away four years ago.
“Only if you are a mother do you know that feeling of how much you love your kids … it’s a special feeling you have for your kids,” she said. “I appreciate my mother and what all mothers do.”