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Festival Queen contestant raises over $3,000 for breast cancer foundation

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Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Sarah Ann Goodrich and her Little Miss Spat contestant Kayla Ann Wills.

As her community service project, Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Sarah Ann Goodrich chose to raise money for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

Her project played a special role in her life because she was personally affected by breast cancer. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012. “Having someone in my family being affected by cancer causes so many emotions. I’m just thankful every day that my mom is now cancer free,” she said.

Goodrich and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Kayla Ann Wills, teamed up to raise as much money as they could in three different ways. Her first fundraiser was a bake sale at the Urbanna Independence Day Celebration. They raised $200 and sold every baked good they had brought.

The second fundraiser was a 50/50 raffle at Virginia Motor Speedway, which brought in a gross total of $2,000. Half of the money went to the holder of the winning ticket, who was a 16-year breast cancer survivor.

The final and biggest fundraiser of all was a silent auction held at Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Crab Feast. Goodrich and Wills went to local businesses such as restaurants, salons, and boutiques to gather donations, whether it was an item or a gift card. Every item that was donated was bid on and sold.

Between all three fundraisers, Goodrich raised a little over $3,000, which was all donated to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

Goodrich is employed at J&W Seafood in Deltaville. She has played on the Middlesex volleyball team for 5 years. During her career at Middlesex High School, Goodrich was a part of the yearbook staff, Key Club, and the Student Government Association. She is a member of Hermitage Baptist Church.

After high school, Goodrich plans to attend Rappahannock Community College for two years then transfer and pursue her dream of being a pediatric nurse.

Goodrich, of Stormont, is the daughter of Carolyn Goodrich, and the granddaughter of the late William and Ruby Hogge. She has a brother, Mason.

Kayla Wills, Goodrich’s Little Miss Spat contestant, is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School. She is the daughter of Will and Emily Wills, and the granddaughter of JD and Mary Ann Davis, Hugh and Tommy Thompson, and William K. Wills and Lynn Kelley. She has a brother, Ethan. Kayla enjoys playing with her friends and horseback riding.

posted 10.23.2013

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