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December  2012

The Newest Face of Gerber is Native
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California: The newest face of Gerber is 8-month-old Mary Jane Montoya from Fresno, California. Mary is of mixed heritage. Her mother, Sara, has Mexican heritage, and her father is descended from the Yokut Mono Tribe.

They plan on raising Mary Jane with a mixture of those cultures too.

“We’re teaching her Spanish,” said her father, Billy Montoya.

Billy's sister and mother are very involved with the Yokut Mono tribe and will be getting Mary Jane involved as well. “We want her to know everything about her culture.”

Being the Gerber baby comes with a $50,000 prize. Mary Jane's parents have put it into a college fund for their daughter.

“Higher education is so important, and we see the value in that,” said Billy, who works full time and will graduate from Fresno State college next semester with a graphic design degree.

“I know first-hand how hard it is,” he said. “I’m so glad I’m going to be able to give her a chance to focus full-time on school.”

Mary Jane was chosen from more than 308,000 entries

The Montoyas traveled to New York City and appeared on the TODAY Show where they met the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, who is now 85.

“She [Ann Turner Cook] has that same look and that same twinkle in her eye.  She’s super sweet,” Sara said.

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