Elizabeth Beaty wins Ugly Stove contest

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 5/10/20

Elizabeth Beaty is celebrating not only Mother’s Day today, but also enjoying an unexpected gift: a new stove.

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Elizabeth Beaty wins Ugly Stove contest

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Elizabeth Beaty enjoying an unexpected gift  — a new stove — this Mother’s Day.

Beaty, of McDonald, was the winner in the Ugly Stove Contest sponsored by L&B Appliance and the Cleveland Daily Banner.

Beaty’s daughter, Patricia Holcomb, said her 82-year-old mother was very excited to win the contest.

“All four of her stove eyes are burned out and she’s been cooking on a hot plate,” Holcomb said. “This is an answered prayer.”

Holcomb and her sister, Gloria Beaty, had planned to buy their mother a new stove for Christmas, but unexpected expenses kept them from doing it. When they saw the Ugly Stove Contest in the Banner, they encouraged her to enter.

The family asked friends and fellow church members to vote for Beaty’s entry in the contest. They came through for her.

“My mom’s just tickled,” Holcomb said.

Beaty’s new stove is a glass-top model from Whirlpool, which is manufactured locally. She opted for a white finish rather than stainless steel, to match her other appliances.

Beaty said she was still deciding what she would cook first with her new stove.

“I’ve been wanting to make a pot of beef stew, so maybe that’s what I’ll make,” she said.

Sheena Meyer, the Banner’s advertising director, said she is delighted with local participation in the contest, and with how happy Beaty is to win the new stove.

“We had 452 votes in this contest, which is the most participation we’ve had in any contest,” Meyer said. “It was fun having someone win who really needed the stove.”

L&B Appliance owners Tim and Josh Taylor were also delighted to meet Beaty and help her choose her prize.

“We’ve done a couple of giveaways over the years and it’s always nice to see the winner excited — she was very excited,” Josh Taylor said. “It was a pleasure to get to meet Mrs. Beaty and her daughters and to be a part of this.”

Josh Taylor noted this is the first time L&B Appliance has partnered with the Banner on a contest.

“It’s been a wonderful experience, we’ve had a lot of feedback and a lot of participation,” he said.

Beaty said she wanted to thank the Taylors and the Banner for sponsoring the contest.

“I thank them so much,” she said. “I just want to thank everyone and thank the good Lord … it’s a blessing.”

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