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The Former Queens are grateful for the support of  our alumni, enabling the efforts of our organization to support the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation and philanthropic work.

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As a Minnesota 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Former Queens engage in many fundraising activities in service to the community.  Each year two local charities are selected that are meaningful to our members and the community to receive a donation from the Former Queens.  We encourage you to learn about and consider supporting these organizations that have been selected for 2023:

The Ann Bancroft Foundation

Ann Bancroft is a native Minnesotan, and is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and is  an internationally recognized leader dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Ann holds the distinction of being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles! A true queen of winter and snow! The Ann Bancroft Foundation focuses on honoring and encouraging girls and women to reach, explore, and discover their own dreams by offering tools through grants, mentorship, and ongoing development opportunities.  

360 Communities Lewis House program

360 Communities Lewis house shelters provide emergency housing and assistance to individuals and families escaping domestic or sexual violence.  2022 Queen of the Snows Effie shares that she has volunteered for 360 communities in her personal and professional life by collecting and delivering food shelf items and school supplies, partook in their pie-in-the-face challenge to raise funds, and attended their annual Fire and Ice Gala to support the Lewis House. Effie believes everyone deserves a safe place to start thriving and hopes this donation will contribute to providing safety and shelter.


2023 Active Former Queen Members

Thank you to Former Queen alumni who reinstate their membership with annual dues, financially supporting the efforts of the organization.

1955- Dorothy Furlong

1965- Carla LeVander

1969- Mary Medved

1978- Marlene Killa

1979- Kris Stearley

1993- Julie West

1994- Joyce Lacey

1995- Kim Jung

1996- Maureen Damman

1997- Kari Boe Schmitdz

2000- Juliette Francis

2001- Misty Daleiden

2002- Jennifer Wallace

2006- Jessica Costello

2008- Brooke Whaylen

2009- Sarah Skillrud

2010- Gretchen Spier

2011- Madalyn Dosch

2012- Ashleigh Farrell

2013- Melissa Hoffbeck

2014- Abby Hoglin

2015- Krystle Igbo-Ogbonna

2016- Alyssa Sigafus

2018- Jilla Nadimi

2019- Alison Gunter

2020-21- Kirstin Maslowski

2022- Effie Barnes

Active Queens
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