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Queen contestant raises funds to fight blood cancers

Kelly Revere and Bailey Fairheart

For her community service project, Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kelly Revere of Hartfield, a senior at Middlesex High School, worked with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Chapter Office in Richmond.

The chapter office in Richmond offers support to Middlesex County residents diagnosed with blood cancers. Revere chose to work with the LLS because she wanted to honor her dad, who is a blood cancer survivor.

One of the biggest fundraisers is the Leukemia Cup Regatta that is held in Middlesex County each year. Revere took on the Paper Sailboat Initiative to raise money for the Leukemia Cup Regatta. She placed paper sailboats in area businesses to sell for $1, $5, or a donation, and the money was sent to the LLS. She sold sailboats in front of Hurd’s Hardware, had a bake sale for LLS, and also volunteered at the LLS Chapter Office in Richmond.

Revere and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Bailey Fairheart, also volunteered at the Leukemia Cup Regatta on July 7 at the Stingray Point Marina in Deltaville. On August 12, the two presented a check in the amount of $3,063 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Revere is employed in the summer months at the Ricky Taylor Memorial Community Swimming Pool in Deltaville. After high school, she plans to attend Longwood University, or Rappahannock Community College and then transfer to Longwood to major in elementary education.

Revere is the daughter of Joseph (Joey) and Becky Revere of Hartfield, and the granddaughter of Kelly and Charlotte Slaughter of Deltaville and the late Luther Sr. and late Amelia Jo Revere of Topping. She has a younger sister, Haley.

During her career at MHS, Revere has been a member of the LEO Club, The Future Educators Association, concert choir and was secretary of her freshmen class. She enjoys working with the yearbook staff at MHS as a photographer. She also participated in the Teacher Cadet Program last year and interned with first grade teacher Kelly Thomas at Middlesex Elementary School. Revere attends Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville.

Revere also swims year around with the South Eastern Virginia Aquatics swim team based in Newport News under coach Dave Henderson.

Bailey Fairheart is Revere’s Little Miss Spat contestant. Bailey is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School and the daughter of Donald “Rusty” and Traci Fairheart of Hartfield. Bailey loves horses, gymnastics and ballet. She likes to bake, play with her friends and sister, Emma Rose. Since Bailey has a passion for gymnastics, she wants to be a professional gymnast when she grows up.

posted 09.26.2012

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