The 29th Annual Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in Lauderhill, Florida. Contestants between the ages of 5 and 26 will showcase their talents, achievements and cultural awareness through this year’s theme, “Hands Up for Your Colors: A Tribute to the Next Generation of Jamaican Icons.”, as a dedication to members of the Jamaican Diaspora that are making remarkable contributions to their respective crafts and as a result are making their mark in the Jamaican culture. The ladies will grace the stage with self-confidence, beauty, grace and poise. At the end of this magical night, 4 queens will be crowned Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen and Miss Jamaica Florida.
This star studded evening will include notable figures from the political, entertainment and social arenas. Live performances will include singer, songwriter and producer Blade Martin; tenor, song stylist and singer Steve Higgins; and songwriter, pianist and vocalist Chinyere Taylor. The highlight of the evening will be an inspiring tribute honoring the lifetime achievements of Co-founder and President of the Miss Jamaica Florida Organization, Marcia Rigg- Baker.
The first Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant was held in 1990, and was a culmination of the dreams and efforts of its founder, the late Bernard Anthony Baker and his wife, Marcia Rigg-Baker. The Pageant has served as an avenue to build self-confidence, showcase the talents and achievements of the beautiful young women of our community. During the pageant, contestants have the opportunity to enhance their depth of cultural awareness through each year’s annual theme. In preparation for their on-stage debut, contestants participate in personal development and pageantry workshops, an etiquette and cultural decorum course, as well as health, wellness and beauty coaching.
Over the past 29 years, dozens of young ladies have worn the crown of Miss Jamaica Florida. Pageant Ambassadors have enjoyed celebrity status in the United States, Canada and in Jamaica. Many have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers – academia, corporate leadership, modeling, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. Following their crowning, titleholders will dedicate the next twelve months of their reign to promoting their individual platforms of community service, social awareness and the empowerment of the young women.
Additionally, the Miss Jamaica Florida Organization, 501(c) (3) hosts free workshops targeted at the young women of our community. The program is designed to offer a platform where ladies can be authentic, honest and candid when expressing feelings about their self-image, self-efficacy, and community belonging. By instilling the values of integrity, self-discipline, and respect we aim to create an environment that is dedicated to the enhancement and advancement of young women locally and internationally.
For more almost three decades, the organization has consistently contributed our time, efforts and money to organizations such as the Jamaica National Children’s home, SOS Children’s Village and the Bustamante Children’s Hospital. Most recently, the Miss Jamaica Florida Organization has committed itself to joined forces with Food for the Poor, Shak’s Hope Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of America.
The pageant’s mission statement, “Crowned with a Purpose” reminds participants that as a member of the Jamaican Diaspora and an ambassador for other young women, we must stay committed to the fulfilment of our philanthropic duties, remain steadfast in our mission, and represent our heritage with purpose, poise and elegance.Celebrating 29 years since inception, The Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant Organization continues to instill a tradition providing young people with the tools to believe in themselves, define their self-image and write their own success stories.
Purchase tickets to this year’s coronation showcase at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center Box Office or online at www.lpacfl.com. For more information about the Miss Jamaica Florida Organization visit www.missjamaicaflorida.com or call 754.444.1819