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Weather Channel Crews In Mahwah Decorating Contest Winner's Home For Christmas

Vote for Mahwah Elves founder Suzy Godding to be the grand prize winner

Weather Channel trailers, lights cameras and crews are parked on Hines Ave. in Mahwah for what is preparing to be a big holiday present for a resident who many around the township are calling a hero.

Suzy Godding, the stay-at-home mom who started the ‘,’ a group of volunteers who helped residents hit by Hurricane Irene, is one of five finalists in The Weather Channel’s “Epic Christmas Contest.” Godding was nominated by a neighbor.

The show is about recognizing “weather heroes” who stepped up to help in their communities during times of natural disaster, according to Jennifer Davidson, one of the owners of Pie Town, the production company behind the contest.

“It’s been a very strange year with so many weather disasters across the country, and the Weather Channel had the idea to honor these heroes,” Davidson, who came to Mahwah this week with a crew of 35 from North Hollywood, California, said.

As one of five finalists across the country, Godding and her family are having their house decked out with $60,000 worth of Christmas decorations. A la ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, the Goddings were whisked away to the Tuesday, not allowed to return home until the big reveal Wednesday evening. The Goddings have no idea what their house is going to look like once it’s done, and the whole process is being filmed for the special, which is airing on TWC on December 19.

In addition to the décor, Suzy and her family picked up a $2,000 gift card and an iPad.

Though her fellow Elves Paige Wehran and Greg Dolecki, who are pitching in to help redecorate the house, say Suzy is more than deserving of the recognition, Godding credits her team of dedicated Elves.

“I had an amazing team behind me, and they really made this whole thing possible. What can I say? People in Mahwah really kick butt,” Godding, who was chosen as a finalist out of about 200 online entries this summer, said.

Suzy is also in the running to be the grand prize winner, which will be chosen by fan votes on The Weather Channel’s Facebook page. Videos of Suzy and the other four finalists explaining their weather heroism are posted on TWC’s site. Fans are being encouraged to vote for the story that they find the most moving. The winner will get $1 per vote, up to $5000, donated to the charity of his or her choice.

“Is it bad to say that I really, really want to be the grand prize winner? I just want to win the money to donate,” Suzy, who said she would split the money between RBARI (the no-kill animal shelter in Oakland) and . “I am a total animal lover, and the rescue team did such an amazing job during the storm, I really think they deserve the money,” she said of her choices.

Suzy is asking Mahwah residents to “vote as often as you can” for her, as the contest is open until December 19.

Check Patch Thursday morning for photos from the $60,000 Christmas transformation.

Debby Nelson November 09, 2011 at 04:20 PM
As one of the many flood victims of Mahwah, we would like to thank Suzy for all her endless efforts. It will never be forgotten, nor will Suzy and her entire crew of volunteers. I am truly happy that someone took the initiative to nominate her for this gift. She deserves it. Thank you to all, Debby & Allen Nelson
T-Bird 148 November 09, 2011 at 07:36 PM
A much deserved honor! If you are on Facebook don't forget to vote for Suzy as she is one of the national finalists.
Mercedes1 November 09, 2011 at 09:08 PM
You have my vote for sure and the love of many Mahwah residents!!!
Tom Murphy November 09, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Well deserved - I voted will get my facebook friends in Mahwah and FD to also vote for you!!!
George Ervin November 09, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Way to go Suzy!!
Suzanne Curry November 10, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Good luck and thanks for all you do Suzy!
Suzy November 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Thanks everyone! I am still in disbelief of this amazing gift I received! Please come by and see it if you haven't - I want everyone to enjoy it!!! If you can, please vote for me on fb. I have a 1 in 5 chance of winning. If I do, I get up to $5000 to donate to charity. I have asked, and I would be allowed to split it between two charities. I have picked RBARI (the no kill animal shelter in Oakland) and Mahwah FD Co 1 - as they did such a great job with boat rescues during the flooding (especially the man who dove in to save the dog the jumped of the boat during the rescue on Strysko. If anyone knows who that was, please let me know!) Again, thanks for all the kind words and if you see an Elf, say hi to them! There are a lot out there!!! : )
Tom Murphy November 11, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Suzy - those of us at Co 1 will be supporting you. Thanks for the shout out!
Mike Scott November 11, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Thanks for the support Suzy!

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