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Festival queen contestant plans fundraising dinner to benefit sheriff’s office

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Hailey Walton of Urbanna and her Little Miss Spat contestant Hannah Lambert of Hartfield are raising funds for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office while also honoring those who keep us safe. Above, along with deputy sheriff Clayton Colley, the two girls display one of the “Ballistic Blankets" they hope can be purchased with proceeds collected at their August 7 fundraising supper.

Hailey Walton of Urbanna is participating in the Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen Competition, and for her community service project she is raising public awareness for all the positive things police do for communities such as Middlesex County. 

“Police officers do great things for us. They leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to help protect us,” said Hailey. 

Because policemen do not get enough credit for what they do, Hailey has decided to hold a dinner at Piankatank River Golf Club in Hartfield on Sunday, August 7, from 5-7 p.m. to honor the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. 

“I would like to thank them for all they do to keep us safe and for going out of their way to promote great things in our county,” said Hailey. 

Dinner tickets are $25. “To go” dinners are also available. Also, Hailey is accepting donations from those who cannot attend the supper but would like to support her project. 

All of the profit will go toward “Ballistic Blankets” for the Middlesex County Public Schools. Ballistic Blankets are large bulletproof shields that are placed in the front office of the elementary, middle, and high schools. There is currently no funding in the sheriff’s budget for these blankets and currently there is only one in each school. The sheriff’s office would like to have one in every classroom for safety purposes. 

“Come out and support our local sheriff’s department as a thank-you for all it does while also helping a very worthy cause!” said Hailey.

Hailey can be contacted directly on Facebook and by email at , and tickets also are available at Harrow’s Home Center at Cooks Corner, River Birch Gifts in Locust Hill, Urbanna Pool, Middlesex YMCA in Hartfield, and J&W Seafood in Deltaville.

posted 07.20.2016

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