Winners Announced in 2023 Cutest Kids Contest by BABE of Whitley County

More than $12,400 raised in annual photo contest for Whitley County Families

[COLUMBIA CITY, IN] – BABE of Whitley County, a non-profit organization that provides resources and a community for Whitley County families, raised more than $12,400 in its annual Cutest Kid Contest.

The contest included six age categories for children, newborns through age six and one grand prize winner. This online contest and fundraiser allowed families to upload a photo of their child, and then ask friends and families to vote for one dollar per vote.

According to Executive Director Laura Tucker, since switching to an online contest, this has become one of BABE’s most successful fundraising events in the past few years. Before 2020, this contest included in-person voting only at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

“The online voting makes it so easy for families to participate. Once you’ve entered your child, you can easily share the voting link to social media,” said Tucker. “It also helps us get more exposure to families in Whitley County so they’ll become familiar with the services we provide,” Tucker added.

The winners of the 2023 Cutest Kid Contest by BABE of Whitley County are as follows:

The grand prize winner of the 2023 BABE’s Cutest Kid Contest is Lainey, entered by Cole Hinen! Lainey will receive 100 diapers, a $100 Target gift card, a photo session, five BABE coupons, a $20 Dairy Queen gift card, and a special trophy. The 0 – 1 year old category winner is also Lainey entered by Cole Hinen. The runner-up is Swayzee, entered by Katy Kuckuk.

The 1 – 2 years old category winner is Claire, entered by Laura Leffler. The runner-up is Bradley, entered by Kaitlyn Sproles.

The 2 – 3 years old category winner is Harlan, entered by Michaela McIntosh. The runner-up is Cora, entered by Amy Johnston.

The 3 – 4 years old category winner is Maeva, entered by Alex Martin. The runner-up is Laylah, entered by Shala Richardson.

The 4-5  years old category winner is Jesse, entered by Amy Johnston. The runner-up is Hudson, entered by Danielle Smethers

The 5 – 6 years old category winner is Rebecca, entered by Emily Day. The runner-up is Annabelle, entered by Ramona Goldwood.

To learn more about the services provided by BABE of Whitley County, please visit babewc.org. You can also visit BABE on Wednesdays and Thursdays from Noon – 5:30pm at 533 N. Line Street in Columbia City.



BABE of Whitley County is a non-profit organization in Whitley County that serves over 1200 people. BABE provides quality incentives to parents who participate in preventive and prenatal care, including parenting, educational and nutritional classes to promote a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth outcomes, and early childhood development. In exchange for participating in preventive and prenatal care, participants are given a BABE Coupon that can be used to “purchase” diapers, wipes, clothes, strollers, and more at BABE’s store located on Line Street in Columbia City. BABE also hosts various mom groups and activities, and programs to support the families who need it most. Learn more at www.babewc.org.

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