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Imagine traveling to Las Vegas for a chance to win one million dollars! That dream became a reality for Hunter’s Green Country Club Member JoAnne Tucker and her mother Anna Zovko, when they were chosen out of thousands of people to compete in the Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest! What makes this mother-daughter story so special is that they both qualified as finalists on their own!

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The Bake-Off® contest is broken down into three categories: dinners, appetizers/sweets and breakfast. Each contestant had to submit an original recipe following the criteria given: no more than seven ingredients, 30 minutes or less of preparation, and two different eligible ingredients. Pillsbury narrowed down each category to 60 semi-finalists and then asked everyone to vote for their favorite. JoAnne and Anna marketed themselves together to try to get as many votes as possible. They passed out samples JoAnne’s breakfast bars with the slogan, “Vote for both and make a dream come true!” 

JoAnne and Anna really enjoy cooking and baking together. “Being finalists together is just icing on the cake,” JoAnne said. They want to thank all of their friends and family for support, but most of all the Hunter’s Green community. “We are truly appreciative of all their help and support throughout this process.” 

The top 33 finalists in each category will compete in the Bake-Off® in Las Vegas from November 10-12th for a chance to win one million dollars!

We love this story for two reasons: it shows how a mother's and daughter’s hobby turned into something great, as well as how the ClubCorp Tampa community stood behind their fellow Members to help them achieve their dream. 

After reading this post, we bet all of you are hungry; here are the links to JoAnne's and Anna’s recipes. Happy baking!

JoAnne — Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/chewy-oatmeal-raisin-breakfast-bars/231b4c75-642b-4411-bc64-ca371e72045f

Anna — Chicken Alfredo Brunch Pizza http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/chicken-alfredo-brunch-pizza/b819a82c-05b3-445e-8a04-e6e853d40770 

On December 4, 2012, Las Vegas Bride and Beautiful Bride magazines, two of the largest bridal magazines in Las Vegas, hosted the 2012 Las Vegas Wedding Awards.

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The awards are very prestigious and taken very seriously by brides-to-be. You can either be nominated by a vendor or a wedding party, and thousands of votes are cast before the final three are sent to a panel of experts.

Out of the sea of possible wedding reception sites in the city, the panel chose Bear's Best as the Best Reception Site for 2012.

"Obviously, there is a ton of competition for the awards and we are very excited because it is the first one we've received," said Club Private Events Director Gordon Parker, pictured here at the awards ceremony

According to Parker, reception bookings have increased dramatically since the Club recently remodeled their banquet room into the breath-taking, and now award-winning, venue it is today.

Additionally, as if winning Best Reception Site wasn't enough, three out of the four vendors the Club offers in their wedding package (the Club's disc jockey, photographer and baker) all won awards in their respective fields at the Las Vegas Wedding Awards.

You would have a hard time finding a more award-winning group of players for your big day!

Congratulations to the wonderful private events team at Bear's Best Las Vegas!

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