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Schmalenbergers to reign as king & queen of Middlesex Mardi Gras

Carolyn and Ken Schmalenberger

February 25 at Bethpage

The Middlesex Family YMCA and Middlesex Kiwanis Club are pleased to announce that the king and queen of this year’s Middlesex Mardi Gras will be Carolyn and Ken Schmalenberger, who have deep roots in Middlesex County and are actively involved in numerous initiatives and organizations to improve the life of local residents.  

Carolyn grew up on the Norton Marina property on Broad Creek in Deltaville in the midst of the family boat business. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where she met her husband Ken. They moved to Deltaville in 1983 to work in yacht sales for the family business, and they purchased the business in 1995.  

Carolyn and Ken have received numerous awards in the marine industry and held various positions in business and civic associations. Carolyn was a founding board member of the Middlesex YMCA, and has been or is currently a member of numerous organizations to include the Deltaville Community Association, EVB Regional Advisory Board, Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta, VA Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board, VA Association of Marine Industries, VA Marine Trades Association, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and River Counties Community Foundation.

Ken has been actively involved in a number of organizations as well, including the Middlesex Youth Basketball League, Middlesex Little League softball, Bank of Lancaster Advisory Board, Board of Development of the Middlesex County YMCA, Deltaville Swim Team founder, and treasurer of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville. He is a recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for the successful rescue of a boater and his son.

With their extensive background in community service, both Carolyn and Ken are perfectly suited to preside over the Middlesex Mardi Gras—an event where all proceeds will go toward improving the lives of Middlesex County children. Kiwanis proceeds are used to support scholarships and programs in Middlesex Elementary School, St. Clare Walker Middle School, and Middlesex High School. Middlesex YMCA proceeds support the YMCA Guardian Program that offers every family and child opportunities, regardless of income or circumstances.

The 3rd annual Middlesex Mardi Gras event will take place on Saturday, February 25, at Bethpage Camp-Resort near Urbanna. All tables have been sold; however, members of both organizations are still recruiting sponsors and collecting donations if anyone would like to contribute to this worthwhile event. Sponsorships may be obtained and donations dropped off at the Middlesex YMCA on Route 33 in Hartfield. Call 804-316-9191 for more information.

posted 02.15.2017

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