Lenore Folkes takes 'Ms Sandals' title
LENORE Folkes — junior sales executive at Beaches Ocho Rios — was crowned Miss Sandals/Beaches Ocho Rios 2013 at an inaugural pageant held at the Sandals Grande Riviera Resort, St Ann, last Sunday.
Folkes, 22, bettered 10 other contestants to wear the coveted crown.
"I feel excited," Folkes told the Jamaica Observer moments after being crowned. "I felt excited from the moment I entered the competition, but now I'm super, super excited."
In addition to Most Talented and Most Aware sectional prizes, Folkes won $20,000, a scholarship to Western Hospitality Institute and two tickets on Caribbean Airlines.
She had high praises for the competition dubbed Miss Sandals/Beaches Ocho Rios Talent and Awareness Pageant.
"The competition has provided me with the foundation and platform to even enter Miss Jamaica," she said.
Completing the top-three tier were first runner-up Latoya Brooks (Sandals Grande Rivera), who also took the Most Congenial Award, and Bernadine Miller (Sandals Grande Rivera).
Contestants were judged on stage appearance, talent and knowledge of the Sandals/Beaches product.
Ian Spencer, organising committee chairman and Sandals regional public relations manager, said he was satisfied with the event's production.
"All the girls did a fantastic job. I'm very happy with the level of crowd support, as all the people from the various properties came out in their numbers. The production was tight. All the organisation that went into the event was executed nicely," Spencer said.
The organising committee chairman said plans were in the pipeline for a 2014 staging.
"This will definitely become an annual event and we've start planning the next staging," Spencer added.