WEST LIBERTY - A group of former homecoming queens and friends is holding a tea Sunday to raise money for a scholarship for this year's West Liberty University homecoming queen.
The tea will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the R. Emmett Boyle Conference Center at the university's Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex and will include a fashion show and silent auction for a variety of gift baskets.
Admission is $10, and reservations should be made by calling (304) 281-6468. The event began as a mother-daughter tea but is open to sisters, cousins and friends also, said Ingrid Loy of Wellsburg, a 1995 homecoming queen of what was then West Liberty State College. She is coordinating the event with 2007 WLU homecoming queen Christine Warco and others.
Food will be provided by Sodexo, the university's food service, and casual and formal wear will be modeled by children, teens and young women.
The clothing is being supplied by T.J. Maxx. Also sponsoring the event are Main Street Bank, Kroger, Subway, Generations Restaurant and Pub, River City Ale Works, C.S. Loy Construction and Lollipops and Gumdrops.
Loy said many others have provided support and assistance.
WLU's 2012 homecoming queen will be crowned during the school's homecoming game on Sept. 15.
The tea is among a series of fundraisers organized by the West Liberty University Homecoming Queen Alumni Group, which was formed last year by former WLU homecoming queens and has expanded to include friends and fellow classmates.
The group also has been conducting "flamingo flockings," which involve numerous flamingos being planted at the homes of unsuspecting "victims," who are asked to make a $10 donation to the scholarship fund to have them removed.
Loy hopes the scholarship will become an annual tradition. She noted scholarships helped her to complete her studies at WLU, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. She since has gone on to earn a master's degree in business administration.