Miss Cayman contestants receive their sashes
The Miss Cayman contestants have their sashes and are ready for the pageant, which takes place at the Lions Centre on 24 September.
The young women were the centre of attention at the Platform Launch and Fashion Show fundraiser at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Saturday night, which recognised the 10 charities chosen by the contestants.
Featured at the elaborate bash hosted by the Miss Cayman Islands Committee were contestants Janelle Muttoo, sponsored by WestStar TV; Alyssa Christian, Island Air and Lobster Pot; Jera Ebanks, Kirk Office Equipment; Jadine Swanson, Brown’s Esso; Crystal Tomlinson, Tiffany’s Pre-School; Lindsay Japal, Cayman’s Finest; Hettie Ann Dunbar, Tikki Beach and Osetra Bay; Samantha Widmer, Kirk Freeport; Jessica Ebanks, Caribbean Plaza; and Cassianne Lawrence, Digicel.
The elegant evening began with guests enjoying a champagne reception.
During the event, contestants received their sashes from representatives of their individual sponsors, and each young woman spoke about their specific platform. Entertainment was provided by the group Dancers of the Universe.
A special addition to the night was the Fashion Show with Miss Cayman contestants accompanied by male models parading a number of outfits, sponsored by local retail stores Cayman Couture and Just Add Water.
Jadine’s charity of interest is one she listed as the Meg High Children’s Cancer Foundation. She wants to raise awareness of the organisation to help families with children who need financial assistance for treatment.
Hettie Ann Dunbar
Hettie Ann has chosen to work with the Sunrise Adult Training Centre to inform and educate people in Cayman about community members who face the challenges of being disabled.
Janelle is supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters in order to do her part to help future generations live up to and surpass our own in their personal and community achievements.
Lindsay wantsto support something for which she has a strong passion and has chosen the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
Cassianne has chosen the Cayman Islands Cancer Society as a result of her past experiences and knowledge of the fact that cancer does not discriminate in age, race or creed.
Alyssa has chosen to work with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre because the pain and long-term effects of domestic violence are something she has personally seen and wants to help prevent.
Jessica has chosen the Cayman Islands Red Cross because it gives back to the community and is a charity that exemplifies principles of and objectives for humanitarian aid.
Crystal’s charity is the AIDS Awareness Foundation to make more people aware of the disease and its effect on society.
Jera has chosen The New Self Help Community Foundation and plans to assist the organisation any way she can, including being a mentor to young people.
Samantha supports Cayman Hospice Care and through her work with the organisation, she has come to realise the importance of giving back to those who have done so much for others. She plans to help raise awareness and the need for increased funding.