Baton Rouge, LA September 3, 2015 – Dayna Buri, single mom of one in Duvall, Washington received the surprise of a lifetime when she answered the phone. Jennifer Maggio, Chief Executive Officer of The Life of a Single Mom, was on the other end congratulating Buri on winning the 2015 National Single Mom of the Year. Buri’s close friend nominated her for the national award earlier in the year, but she never dreamed she would actually win.
Dayna Buri“I’m honored, stunned, and blessed,” said Buri. “This could not have come on a better day.”

The National Single Mom of the Year contest launched in June 2014 to recognize single mothers for the hard work they invest each day. Criteria included examples of courage and character, as well as a commitment to Christ.  Award package includes an all-expense paid trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an awards ceremony to be held on October 16, 2015 at Healing Place Church, $500 cash, a makeover, photo shoot, massage, gift cards, and various prizes.

As the organization’s founder and CEO, Maggio says, “It is a privilege to work with single mothers, such as Buri, to see them overcome life’s obstacles.”  Buri’s entry detailed that she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in January 2015 and endures countless procedures and treatment, all while raising her young daughter and repeatedly having an encouraging word for others in her life.

The Top 5 National Finalists for the 2015 National Single Mom of the Year Award include Linda Gensaw of Crown Point, Illinois; Laurie Payne of Asheboro, North Carolina; Lauran C. Bunting of Englewood, Ohio; and Veronica Correa of Chicago, Illinois – all of which received a prize package via mail and an official award certificate.


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The Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that exists to see that no single mom walks alone. To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches & community groups to start or improve a single mom’s support group in cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. We have a large array of books, curriculum, training materials, and online instructional videos to support ministry leaders who lead single moms. Our single mom programs focus on empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially, and parentally through a number of projects including: Single Mom University, Single Moms Across America, the National TLSM Single Moms Conference, and a variety of programs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit