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. He was driven by the desire to utilize all his talents, skills and experience as one common movement that would help in developing young men and women into talented and cultural individuals, in order to enhance their lives with poise, self-confidence charm, and etiquette. He formed Anthony Baker Startime Incorporated (ABI) which focused on the total development of young people through training that would assist them in becoming confident, well-adjusted individuals, aware of their society and their role in it. Classes included modern etiquette, social awareness skills, public speaking and personal & professional decorum. Out of the training operations of the company there developed the staging of the annual Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant.
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 than a decade, the organization has proudly honored a promising young lady enrolled in college or university with an annual non-renewable cash donation to the Anthony Baker Scholarship Fund as well as 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.
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.
Founder, Bernard Anthony Baker
Founder and President Marcia Rigg- Baker
Orkisha Wright- Edmond, CEO and Director of the Miss Jamaica Pageant Organization is no stranger to the stage. Orkisha was one of Anthony Baker’s very first charm and dance school students in the early nineteen-nineties. She subsequently went on to win the Miss Jamaica Florida title in 1991. As a teen and young woman, Ms Kisha as she is affectionately called by the contestants, continued her run at pageantry and went on to win many more local, state and national titles including Miss Broward County and Miss Florida American.
Ms. Kisha's passion for young people and the impact she can have on their futures translated into a career as a literacy educator with Florida's public school system and now as an instructional content writer, specializing in online adult learning, for a leading educational research and professional development company.
As a former dancer, model and pageant girl, Kisha, truly embodies our organization’s core values of grace, poise, and cultural appreciation. She is a true manifestation of our deepest goals and for over 15 years has invested her time in cultivating hundreds of pageant contestants as the organization's training coach and contestant coordinator. She led the adoption of the pageant’s “Crowned with a Purpose” mantra, which reminds contestants, queens and the community that the Miss Jamaica Florida crown provides a valuable platform from which young ladies can positively influence their community.
Orkisha, works alongside a dedicated planning committee and Mrs. Marcia Rigg-Baker, pageant President and wife of the late Anthony Baker.
"I have had many great accomplishments in my life; topping that list is being a wife and mother but coming in a close second is the opportunity to lead an organization that teaches the young women of our community the importance of dreaming big, rising high and being their own kind of beautiful."
Pageant Director, Orkisha Wright- Edmond
The Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant Organization is not only a pageant; it is a way of life. Once becoming a contestant, our ladies are blessed with a team of individuals who are committed to their futures and continued success. The family environment that is fostered through our advisory committee extends beyond the pageant. Our team of past winners, contestants, and pageant moms and dads dedicate countless hours of their time to the grooming of contestants, marketings of our brands, and the productuction of a spectacular show.
2018 Advisory Committee Members
Collin Waite, Talent Coordinator
Flavia Christopher, Speech and Diction Coach
Paulette MacMahon, Contestant Liaison
Noelle McMahon, Judges Coordinator
Ann Blake, Catering
LeToya Boyne, Technical Production
Tanya Holmes, Records and Financials
Monet McFarlane, Community Coordinator
Marjorie Foster, Marketing
Dahlia Steele Huie, Partnerships
Amaya Lewis, Special Assignment
Antonia Garrick, Special Assignment
Marla Phidd, Special Assignment
Caline Dulcio, Make Up Artist
Jackie Vernon-Thompson, Etiquette Coach
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