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Queen of Hearts is crowned at Hilton; Festival of States Junior Sungoddess named


Longtime community volunteer Joan Jaicks was crowned the 2010 Queen of Hearts during the 52nd annual Queen of Hearts Ball at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

Now president of the St. Petersburg Woman's Club, she has led numerous charitable and social organizations, including the St. Anthony's Hospital auxiliary, foundation and board of trustees; the Women's Chamber of Commerce; Christmas Toy Shop; Delta Gamma alumnae of St. Petersburg; and the St. Petersburg Panhellenic Association. Sponsored by the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary and the Florida Orchestra Guild, she was escorted by her husband, Don.

The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the community and benefits cultural, charitable and civic projects in St. Petersburg. In 2010, proceeds from the ball, sponsored by the Queen's Court, go to Boley Centers and the Museum of Fine Arts.

It is an evening of pomp and pageantry that honors the retiring queen and her court: The 2009 crown went to Sally Poynter, whose "princesses" were Martha Mohn, Sparky Ierna, Precella Wallace, Anny Taylor, Kathleen Guckenberger and Teresa Wittstruck.

The 2010 court: Mary Ellen Conte, sponsored by the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary, escorted by her son-in-law Frank; Janice Brinkley, sponsored by the Women's Chamber of Commerce; escorted by her son Lin; Debbie Barnes, sponsored by Infinity, the Woman's Service League and the Women's Chamber of Commerce, escorted by her husband, Verne; Bettye Black, sponsored by the All Children's Hospital Guild, escorted by Robert Sherman; Noreen Hodges, sponsored by Boley Angels, escorted by her husband, Steve; and Tracey Keim, sponsored by Boley Angels, escorted by her husband, Cliff.

Caroline Atkins, Mrs. Jaicks' granddaughter, and Savannah Whitehead were pages.

Mary Shuh is president of the Queen's Court and Diane Fair led the event committee, which included Maggi McQueen, Hugh Ann Cason-Kelly, Sheila Tempelmann, Lorraine Danna, Diane Winning, Brandi Winans, Mozelle Bell, Sparky Ierna, Joyce Larson, Shirley O'Sullivan, Claire Mazella, Pat Howells, Roseanna Costa, Joann Barger, Margaret Dawson, Maritza Smith, Ann Vickstrom, Teresa Hartley, Fern Clayton, Beth Wardrum, Alice Radcliffe, Andrea Winning, Edie Spies, Connie Whitehead, Beth Timberlake, Bernice McCune and Donna Gaffney.


Avery Fox, a student at East Lake High, is the 2010 Festival of States Junior Sungoddess, chosen from a group of 20 women who participated in the scholarship program.

She is president of the Student Government Association, news editor of the school newspaper, a news anchor for the student broadcasting station, secretary of the National Honor Society, a founding member of the Young Republicans of America club at East Lake and a representative on the Pinellas County School Board Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She has played on the varsity soccer and flag football teams and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of Tarpon Springs and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

First runner-up is Lydia Franzek of St. Petersburg High School; second runner-up is Shamarrri Hartzog of Lakewood High.

The young women receive a total of $7,500 in scholarships and awards and will participate in Festival of States events.

Sponsors for the fashion show and finals event, held in the Gibbs High School auditorium, were Regions Bank, Bruce Watters Jewelers, All Children's Hospital and JCPenney.

Queen of Hearts is crowned at Hilton; Festival of States Junior Sungoddess named 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 3:31am]
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