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Festival Queen contestant helps raise money for PKD Foundation

Mollie Ballantyne and Libby Oliver

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Mollie Ballantyne and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Libby Oliver, worked together to do their part in raising money for the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation. Each has loved ones with a kidney malfunction, and they believe every donation plays a huge role in giving someone a new kidney.

Ballantyne and Oliver hosted a Zumbathon on July 27. Tons of people from the community came out to support them by paying $10 to participate in doing the zumba exercises for three hours.

Ballantyne also went to the dialysis center in Gloucester to visit patients. She took them goodie bags filled with kidney-related items and doughnuts as a snack. The patients enjoyed having Ballantyne come and talk with them. One patient even left the center saying, “I’ve never felt so good! Today has been the best day at dialysis yet!” Ballantyne said seeing the warm smiles of the patients made her heart melt!

Ballantyne and Oliver created green kidney awareness ribbons and sold them to the public at their event and at local stores. Although PKD was something Ballantyne and her family knew nothing about at first, after attending several doctors’ appointments with her grandfather, Kenneth W. Williams, they quickly grew to understand how serious it is. 

Ballantyne is planning another event—a Chick-fil-a night—where people from Middlesex and surrounding communities will come to support PKD.

Ballantyne is a senior at Middlesex High School. During her career at MHS and Christchurch School, Ballantyne has been an active member in Future Business Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and National Honors Society, and was her junior class secretary. Ballantyne has played volleyball for both Christchurch School and Middlesex High, and was named to the all-academic team and was the most valuable player her freshman and sophomore year. She also rowed on the crew team and participated in the drama theatre at Christchurch School.

Ballantyne is a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church.

After graduation, Ballantyne plans to pursue a career in physical therapy and hopes to attend James Madison University.

Ballantyne is the daughter of Glenn and Tammy Ballantyne of Hartfield, and the granddaughter of Kenneth and Sissie Williams, and Gerald and the late Lois Ballantyne. She has a sister, Maggie Ballantyne, who was the 50th Oyster Festival Queen. 

Libby Oliver, Ballantyne’s Little Miss Spat contestant, is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School. She is the daughter of Chucky and Kate Oliver of Hartfield, and the granddaughter of Fred and Bettie Lee Gaskins of Urbanna, and Martha Oliver of Deltaville. Her sister Emma was second runner-up for Little Miss Spat in 2010.

Libby enjoys playing soccer, playing with her sister Emma, and hanging out with her Queen contestant Mollie.

posted 09.18.2013

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