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May 4, 2012

The awesome Miss Y pageant brings decades of entertainment on stage

It’s that time of the year again for the eighteenth annual Miss Y pageant. The pageant, sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Belize (YWCA) is specifically designed for ‘seenagers’; women over the age of sixty with an extra spunk in their step and the bell of the ball. Six ladies from across the country will vie for the coveted title in various segments. It’s a fun-filled family event that will feature a variety of entertainment from the Belize Dance Company, the YWCA’s seniors and more. Freelance Reporter Duane Moody caught up with them on the island during their final rehearsal.


{Women introducing themselves…}


Duane Moody, Reporting

Six vibrant women are ready to take to the stage at Bird’s Isle this Saturday night at seven-thirty p.m. Their goal—to be crown Miss Y 2012 -2013. Former Miss Y 2008, Joyce Flowers says it will be a night for these dynamic ladies to showcase their talents and that age is but a number.


Joyce Flowers, Pageant Trainer/Organizer, Miss Y Pageant

Joyce Flowers

“It is clean fun and I am telling you, these ladies are dynamic. People need to come out and be at this pageant tomorrow night. They will be missing out if they don’t come out.”


Duane Moody

“What all can they expect to see?”


Joyce Flowers

“The ladies will be doing their opening dance, they’ll do their introductions, they all have their talents and the evening gown. So it is something to be seen by all the members of the family.”


It’s the eighteenth of its kind and it is being held under the theme: “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap”. Lurleen Betson-Gamboa, who is also one of the organizers, says the YWCA caters to persons of various age ranges.


Duane Moody

“Bringing the intergenerational gap; how fitting is that for the theme for this pageant this year?”


Lurleen Betson-Gamboa

Lurleen Betson-Gamboa, Organizer, Miss Y Pageant

“It is very fitting for the theme for this pageant because as the theme says, “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap,” if you really look at the YWCA, there is a variety of people—we have the preschoolers, we have the early help ages and we have the seenagers. So this year the theme blends right in, in terms of when you look at the pageant we are going to see all those different age ranges within the pageant itself.”


Duane Moody

“And even more so with the fact that it’s you and your mother that is actually putting it together?”


Lurleen Betson-Gamboa

“That’s right. We are a duo team and we also work along with the staff and the members of Miss Y and more so Miss Linares.”


The Miss Y pageant is one of the most important fundraising events for the organization.


Joyce Flowers

“It’s a fundraiser for the Y—it is one of our biggest fundraisers. It helps with the several programs that the Y does.”


Lurleen Betson-Gamboa

“All the funds raised is being given to the help group which comprises of girls from thirteen to eighteen years. So all the funds raised from Miss Y pageant goes right back and again that goes right back to bridging the gap. So we have the seenagers working to provide that finance for the younger generation. And another thing that comes to mind is 15:23 how many times do we really get our seenagers to get out there and showcase their talents? They are getting up in age, but a lot of time, the younger ones we can learn a lot from them.”


Iris Sankey Lewis

There will also be a special performance from Miss Y New York, Iris Sankey Lewis whose team is also lending support to this year’s show.


Iris Sankey Lewis, Miss Y New York 2012

“They will be wonderfully pleased. I am here to represent because of the wonderful work that the Y is doing. And I intend to so delight the audience that they will never want to miss another Miss Y Pageant.”


Duane Moody for New Five.


The pageant starts at seventy-thirty p.m. on Saturday night. Admission for reserved seats is twenty dollars in advance, and twenty-five at the door.  General admission is fifteen dollars for adults and five dollars for children under the age of twelve.

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