The Newest Face of Gerber is Native
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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
“We’re teaching her Spanish,” said her father, Billy
Billy's sister and mother are very involved with the Yokut
and will be getting Mary Jane involved as well. “We want
her to know everything about her
Being the Gerber baby comes with a $50,000 prize.
Mary Jane's parents have put it into a college fund for
education is so important, and we see the value in that,”
said Billy, who works full time and will graduate
Fresno State college next semester with a graphic design
“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
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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