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Metamorphosis: Miss World Bahamas 2017 Pageant Season Underway
Queen and contestants raise $5000 for Cancer Society of The Bahamas during fundraiser launch

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS “Just when the caterpillar thought her world was ending, she became a butterfly.” Under the theme “Metamorphosis”, the 2017 Miss World Bahamas Pageant season officially kicked off with a charity reception at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on July 7, at which this year’s nine contestants and the reigning queen Ashley Hamilton raised $5,000 for the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Contestants were challenged to raise money to help defray costs of the Society’s rebuilding effort in Grand Bahama following the destruction of its headquarters by the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Guest of honor at the event, former Miss Commonwealth Bahamas Lisa Strachan Turnquest - a cancer survivor and active member of the Society – described her own battle with cancer and how the Society helps her and others deal with the realities of the disease. Without financial support, the society runs the risk of closure on the island after more than 40 years in operation. Funds were raised during the Miss World Bahamas launch through a raffle which featured gifts donated by the contestants themselves as well as donations from Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) sponsors. In addition to the $1,400 raised by the contestants through raffle ticket sales, The Island Game Foundation made a donation on behalf of Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton to round off the total figure to $5,000.

Through this year’s theme, MBO - now in its 12th year of existence - is shedding light on its transformational program, as it aims to help the public understand that this is more than just a pageant.

“The pageant is the icing on the cake,” says MBO President Michelle Malcolm. “The actual cake is the journey our contestants take once they enter the competition, a journey that leads them on the road to self-discovery. That is what this is all about. This is truly for them a metamorphosis – a revealing of their true nature and hidden potential that was buried deep within.”

Contestants
Nine districts/islands are represented in this year’s Miss World Bahamas pageant, including:

Abaco – Sharonique Russell
Bimini – Tanisha Jones
Cat Island – Rotalya Williams
Exuma – October Johnson
Grand Bahama – Jerell Strachan
Long Island – Geena Thompson
New Providence – Galy Joseph
Paradise Island – Whitney Isaacs
University of The Bahamas – Nyisha Tilus

To learn more about this year’s contestants, visit www.missbahamas.net or download the Miss Bahamas app on Apple and Android devices.

The Competition A series of preliminary competitions will be held in the coming weeks, leading up to the Grand Finale which is set for July 30 at the Baha Mar Convention Center. The preliminary competitions serve as a means by which scores will be accumulated – coupled with public votes through the Miss Bahamas App – to determine the Top 6 semifinalists and eventually the new queen. The preliminary competitions are as follows:

Swimsuit and Top Model Competition
Monday July 10, 2017
Compass Point Resort
6 p.m.

Evening Gown & Talent Competitions
Sunday July 16, 2017
Sapodilla Restaurant
7 p.m.

National Costume Competition
Saturday July 22, 2017
Rooftop at The Pointe
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Show

State-of-the-art App
The popular Miss Bahamas App – introduced last year as one of top Apps in the region on both Apple and Android devices – is back again, only bigger and better. Developers 1magine have further enhanced the App to incorporate the Miss Bahamas Fan Club which members join through a subscription model; real time reporting of the public vote tally; synchronization with the Miss Bahamas website and social media platforms, and more interaction with the contestants. While the app is free to download, Fan Club members will get discounts and special offers from MBO sponsors, 5 free votes daily as well as exclusive access to voting on the final night of the competition. The App is now available for download on Apple and Android devices.

Worldwide Audience
For the first time in Bahamian pageant history, the Miss World Bahamas pageant will be seen live not just on Our TV within The Bahamas, but by an international audience of millions, thanks to partnerships with Missosology Pageant Portal, CaribVision and ComeSeeTV which will provide live streaming services for the event. Pageant fans that do not have access to either of those networks will also be able to watch the finale live on the new MBO TV Channel on the pageant’s website www.missbahamas.net.

Partnerships
All of this could not be possible without the amazing cadre of partners that have supported MBO’s vision financially or otherwise. These partners include The Island Game Foundation; ALIV, Resorts World Bimini, All Yours Virgin Remy; Apex Awards; Bahamas Orthodontic Center; Bahamian Brewery, distributors of Sands Beer; Bahari; BTVI; Cardell McClam; Caribbean Bottling Company, distributors of Dasani and Coca Cola Zero; Commonwealth Fabrics; Club One Fitness Center; graphic designer Shaquille Coleby; Cole’s of Nassau; Compass Point; Debonaire Boutique; Engima; Floridita Swimwear; Guardian Group of Companies; Grant Thornton; Haus of RVR; Mario’s Bowling & Entertainment Palace; Milo Butler & Sons, distributors of Soldanza and Twinings Tea; New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners; Our TV; Sapodilla; Sky Bahamas; The Collection; The Pointe; Venus.com; Wild Seed Designs; and Viva Delfina. The Miss Bahamas Organization is eternally grateful for their continued support.

Tickets
Tickets prices vary from $25 - $35 for preliminary events, and $75 General, $125 VIP for the Finale. Tickets for all events are now available for sale at Airbrush Junkies in the Mall at Marathon and from any contestant.

About MBO

The Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) is a company that advances and supports today's women through its Passion for Pageantry with a Purpose. Our mission is to bring out the personal bests women seek to achieve by cultivating their passions, self-image, and education in an environment that encourages the pursuit of purpose, promotes discipline, and supports the strengthening of character. The Miss Bahamas Organization will prepare them to take on the world as women who are aware of the power that derives from fulfilling their purpose, and who use that power to impact the welfare of humanity. MBO achieves its mission by training and unveiling the nation's finest women through an annual national beauty pageant system in The Bahamas. This system incorporates intensive grooming, coaching and preparation that culminate with the coronation of Miss World Bahamas.

More information about the Miss Bahamas Organization is available at www.missbahamas.net

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