The Tulip Queen serves as Albany's Ambassador for one full year of reign. She and her court will spend that year involved in volunteer projects, including the Mayor Jerry Jennings' Literacy Campaign, which strives to promote the value of reading to children. The 2008 Tulip Queen and Court have teamed up with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to create a trust fund for future Tulip Queens and Courts to award grants to local literacy organizations. Each Queen and Court develops initiatives to further their goals and attends numerous events throughout the year focusing on education and community awareness.

The nominees attend a series of interviews and finalists are announced in early May. The Queen is crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony on Tulip Festival Saturday. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship, and each Court member $1,500. The 61st Annual Albany Tulip Festival will be held May 8 - 10, 2009.

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The Albany Tulip Queen Fund

The 2008 Tulip Queen and Court have teamed up with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to create a trust fund for future Tulip Queens and Courts to award grants to local literacy organizations.

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Sarah Volk Request the Queen & Court

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Posted by: Sarah Volk, 2008 Tulip Queen

Wednesday April 29, 2009

A once in a lifetime opportunity

I was given something that was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity when I was crowned the 2008 Albany Tulip Queen. This is why it is somewhat bittersweet for me to have to say goodbye. It is sad because it is all coming to an end, but I am happy for all the wonderful things my court and I have been able to accomplish. We were able to successfully develop a new literacy program, attend over 80 events, and establish the new tulip fund.

I couldn’t have accomplished everything that I did without my brilliant court as well as the selection committee, the special events office, Marcus Pryor, Mayor Jerry Jennings and of course my family. My experiences over the past year are what inspired me to create the Tulip Fund, which will allow future Tulip Courts to come to have an even greater impact in our community. Today we established the creation of the "Tulip Fund" which is a field of interest fund at the community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Donations can be made to this fund so that the Tulip Queen and Court will have a resource to assist literacy programs in Albany, and to continue the legacy of Mayor Jennings Literacy Campaign. You can make a donation by clicking the link right on the homepage!

Thank you for allowing me to be an ambassador to the city of Albany over the past year and good luck to the 2009 Albany Tulip Queen and Court.

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