Miss Cayman contestants introduced

Five stunning young women competing
for the title of Miss Cayman 2010 were the centre of attention at a charity
auction and platform launch at the Westin Casuarina Resort on Saturday, 21

This was the contestants’ first
official public introduction, and the Miss Cayman Committee’s first fundraising

The night began with guests
enjoying a champagne reception by the pool bar and casting bids on various
items, such as getaway packages, jewellery, art and paintings during a silent

Hosted by the Miss Cayman Islands
Committee, contestants received their sashes from representatives of the
individual sponsors.

Trudyann Duncan is sponsored by GMC
General Contractors; Shari Walton, Beyond Basics; Mysti Bush, Tiki Beach and Osetra
Bay; Venessa Ebanks, Brown’s Marine and Mobile Fuelling; and Cristin Alexander,
Island Air and Lobster Pot.

Contestants also had the
opportunity to speak at length about their chosen charities.

Mysti Bush shared her special
moments of being a participant in the Big Brother Big Sister charity, an
organisation that has proven successful in creating and nurturing one-on-one
relationships between adults and children around the world.

Venessa Ebanks chose the Lighthouse
School as her charity, a place dear to her heart that helps children with
challenging needs through individualised innovative programmes.

Cristin Alexander emotionally
identified with the Cayman Islands Cancer Society as her charity because of the
impact of the disease on a family member, and as an organisation that raises
awareness about cancer.

Trudyann Duncan spoke at length on
the Diabetes Support Group, a group of people in the community who are interested
in health and fitness, diabetes prevention and treatment.

Sharie Walton dedicated her night
to the Estella Roberts Foundation, a licensed non-profit organisation that
seeks to carry on the work Estella started in a life free of violence, promoting
gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Also recognised during the night
was official travel partner of the pageant, Cayman Airways, and corporate
sponsor DMS Broadcasting.

Guests also had the opportunity to
view contestants during a fashion show, which highlighted clothes from the Rack
and 1-345 Collections.

At the close of evening Super C
Disco provided some delightful music for guests to enjoy.

Leading up to the main event, the
contestants have an intense two months of preparation, including a vigorous
training and fitness programme with Ford Fitness, several photo sessions, the
Sister Islands trip and the Island Tour.

The Miss Cayman Island Pageant
takes place Saturday, 25 September at the Lions Centre.

Tickets are available from the
Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce. Contact Patricia
Ulett at 244-2420 or 244-2428, or email [email protected]

Another fund-raising highlight, the
Minister’s Black Tie Ball, is scheduled for Saturday, 18 September at the Grand
Cayman Marriott Resort, hosted by Minister of Tourism McKeeva Bush.

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