Junior Orange Bowl accepting applications for Royal Court

The Junior Orange Bowl is getting ready for a night of glamour, fun and royalty. The search for three young ladies to represent the Junior Orange Bowl as goodwill ambassadors for the 2013-14 Festival Season has begun.

The Royal Court Search is much more than a beauty pageant as the queen and princesses are chosen based on personality, poise, and desire to be involved in their community. The queen and princesses also will ride on the Royal Court Float at the most anticipated Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. All girls that participate in the search will be invited to “The Queens Ball” at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

“Our goal is to encourage these young ladies to be future leaders and role models in our community,” said Isa Goenaga, chair of the Royal Court Search. “The Royal Court Search is a wonderful opportunity for all young girls to experience. Not only do they gain self-esteem, confidence, and compassion; they learn the importance of selflessly serving the community.

This year, the Junior Orange Bowl is excited to announce the title for “Little Sister,” which will include girls age 11.

“This title will give our younger girls the opportunity to gain the experience and confidence that will prepare them to become a queen or princess for the following festival season,” Goenaga said.

Registration is open for girls between the ages of 11 and 14. Contestants must participate in a preliminary to be eligible for the final on Saturday, May 18, at the Rebeca Sosa Theater in Miami Springs. Contestants must be registered prior to their respective preliminary events.

There will be four preliminary dates across South Florida — Apr. 20 in Miami Springs, May 4 in Broward, May 5 in the Keys, and a date to be announced for Miami-Dade. Visit <www.jrorangebowl.org/royal-court-seach> for more information on the preliminary dates and locations and to download the application.

The queen and two princesses will be eligible for a sponsorship to compete in the Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant, provided by Tel-Air Interest.

Sponsors for the Royal Court Search include: Rebeca Sosa Theater, The City of Miami Springs, The Biltmore Hotel, Snow Jewelers, Tel-Aire Interest, Chi Sigma Sorority, Vera Bradley Designs, Cookies for Jani, GBS Beauty Supply, Miami’s Community Newspapers, Miami Elks Lodge #948, The Giving Tree, Field of Flowers, and Awesome Embroidery.

The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Orange Bowl Committee, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, tCultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences.

For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at www.jrorangebowl.org

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