Queen’s Banquet approaches

Published 10:17 pm Thursday, September 21, 2017

There are only a few days left to snag a ticket to the Pilot Club of Suffolk’s annual Queen’s Banquet on Sept. 28.

The event will feature 10 young ladies — two from each public and private high school in Suffolk — one of whom will be crowned the Peanut Fest Queen during the event. The competition is based on a creative writing essay, school activities, achievements and community involvement, and the queen will be crowned by Peanut Fest chairman Jody Cadwell.

The Peanut Fest handles the princess aspect of the evening, but the event is produced by the Pilot Club of Suffolk as a fundraiser.

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“The proceeds from this go back to the community,” said Leah Powell of the Pilot Club of Suffolk.

In the past, the club has donated to Western Tidewater Free Clinic, ForKids, Suffolk Crime Line and the Suffolk Literacy Council, among other groups. It also awards scholarships, recognizes local first responders and does educational events on preventing brain injuries and illnesses.

A silent auction will also be a part of the event.

“We’ve had some really nice donations for that,” said Cathy Richards of the Pilot Club of Suffolk. “There are some very nice, valuable items.”

Gift certificates, baskets and more will be among the items up for bid during the silent auction.

In addition, the club will sell peanut door decorations that have been embellished in different ways. Decorative table boxes will also be sold.

Erica Greenway, anchor at NewsChannel 3, will be the mistress of ceremonies for the event.

The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E. Constance Road. The program begins at 7 p.m., with the silent auction starting at 6 p.m.

No tickets will be sold at the door. The deadline to obtain tickets is Monday. Tickets will be for sale through 5 p.m. Monday at the Suffolk Visitor Center, 524 N. Main St.