Jeff Woessner, owner of Jeff's Gems, 906-F Kennedy Drive will create the royal rings again this year. Jeff wants everyone to remember why we do this, why we have this great contest every year … to raise money for Monroe County's largest AIDS Service organization.
Neptune Designs is owned and operated by Jay and Carmenza Pfahl. They have been a part of the Duval Street scene since 1977. Handmaking and casting most of their own designs, they are a full-service jewelry store with on site repairs and custom design creations.
Donated by 2004 Fantasy Fest Queen Ginger King and King Jean Claude Gosselin, the Royal Sashes can be worn for those "less formal" events the King and Queen have to attend during the year. More importantly, Ginger and Jean Claude wanted to show their appreciation for all the hard work and money raised for AIDS Help.
When Bill Heller and Leigha Fox were crowned in 2002, they received a King and Queen pin as a gift from Donnie and Sonia Kozicki. Bill and Leigha decided to continue bestowing pins to future Kings and Queens of Fantasy Fest. Bill and Leigha will present them again this year to the newly crowned King and Queen of Fantasy Fest 2010 at the Coronation Ball on Friday, October 22nd at the Southernmost Beach Café.
When the Bitch Sisters (Scott Fuhriman and Kelly Summers) became Queen and LA Meyers (aka La La Belle) became King of Fantasy Fest, they came up with the idea to present Royal Scepters to all future Kings and Queens of Fantasy Fest. They have been donated by Local Awards & Engraving. They started this in 2001 and have continued since. LA was also the Queen of Fantasy Fest in 1997…the first male to win that title and also the first to hold both titles.
When Frank Cicalese of Hot Cuts was crowned King of Fantasy Fest 1995, he felt there was something missing. They had rings and crowns, but Frank along with his lifetime partner, Bob Conti, wanted more. Thus the capes were born (Prior to that the capes had to be given back). They start almost immediately after Fantasy Fest collecting appliqués for the next year's capes.
Richard Dennison of Gourmet Nibbles & Baskets became the Royal Florist in 2008. He supplies the centerpieces for the candidates for Kickoff. He will also create the royal bouquets for the Coronation Ball.
Originally, the race for King and Queen only had two winners. Ten years ago, J.T. Thompson (of One Human Family and Solares Hill Design Group), invented the Duke and Duchess Awards to include them into the Royal Family as well. "All the candidates who worked hard to raise vital funds for AIDS Help should be honored by the community," explains J.T. "Each and every one of them are selfless heroes and true Key West royalty."
Dennis Beaver of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit at the Tennessee Williams Center, reward the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest with engraved Royal Chalices for their hard work raising the most money for AIDS Help. What better way to lead a toast…or better yet, simply get toasted, than with a pair of gold and silver chalices in "The Lost City of Atlantis".
In 2010, partners Derrick Traylor and Terry Paulson will begin the tradition of providing the Duke and Duchess Royal Sashes. "We felt that all the candidates work so hard during the Coronation campaign and should continue to be honored throughout the following year as Dukes and Duchesses," Derrick explains. Terry added, "We wanted to provide sashes for the Dukes and Duchesses to wear at AHI events, parades, and other functions in recognition of their hard work and dedication to AIDS Help."
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