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Miss Jamaica Florida to honor the Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee Year

Ft. Lauderdale – The Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant is set to toast to its 23rd year with a celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence through the Arts – song, dance and drama, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Coral Springs, Florida.

Contestants ages 5- 21, will compete in four age categories (Little Miss, Junior Miss, Miss Teen, and Miss) for a coveted title at the Coronation Ceremony at which some 19 young ladies will showcase their talents through a creative expression which venerate song, dance and drama, followed by a question and answer segment during live interview.

Tickets to the show are adults $30 (advance) and $35 (at gate), and children (under 12) $15.

This year, is especially significant as the event themed “Jamaica 50 and Fabulous” is honoring the Nation’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

During the program, special tribute will also be paid in memory of the Pageant’s founder, the late Anthony Bernard Baker, for his work in the arts, and the development of youth programs through the establishment of Anthony Baker, Incorporated, (ABI) which has served as an inspiration to our young women in the Jamaican Diaspora.

The Pageant was started in 1990 and has since been sustained by Mrs. Marcia Rigg-Baker and the Board of Directors for The Partners for Youth Foundation, a charitable, non-profit organization.

This pageant is the annual fundraiser for The Partners for Youth Foundation. The Foundation is committed to the enhancement of children internationally, and recognition of young women in the area of the performing arts in the tri-county area of Broward, Dade and Palm Beach, through scholarships offered to students enrolled in a US tertiary institution majoring in theater or music.

Reigning ambassador Miss Jamaica Florida, Miss Tiana Henry (left) sharing a moment with Lady Patricia Allen, wife of the Governor General (right) at Kings House, during a her recent prize trip to Jamaica.

The crowned ambassadors will receive a four-day all expense paid trip to Jamaica, where they will meet with government officials and participate in humanitarian projects adopted by the Partners for Youth Foundation. The trip will also include visits to famous tourist attractions and national landmarks across the island.

The Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant is a great experience for young women of Jamaican descent, who are residents of the State Florida to become involved in their community through networking opportunities, local cultural activities, and educational and charitable programs. The contestants are empowered through leadership and social interaction skills to improve areas of self-development.

The reigning ambassadors of Miss Jamaica Florida 2011 – Miss Crystal Robinson, Miss Teen Jamaica (2nd right) and Miss Tiana Henry, Miss Jamaica Florida (extreme right) making a presentation to staff of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston during their recent prize trip to Jamaica.

For more information about the Partners for Youth Foundation and the Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant, visit www.MissJamaicaFlorida.com

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