- December 25, 2014
For several years, a group of women, all holding the Miss Florida title, have tried to organize something as a way to acknowledge that once you leave the role of Miss Florida, you still have a connection. What came from this was the formation of The Forever's Foundation, a new nonprofit with a mission to connect former Miss Floridas while supporting the current Miss Florida in her endeavors throughout the year. The organization was formed by former Miss Floridas, including four who reside in Sarasota and Manatee counties — Jamie Becker, Dana Judge, Ellen Meade and Lisa Saba.
"As far as scholarships go, the best we could help was to support the current Miss Florida with her expenses, to help her accomplish want she wants as Miss Florida," says Judge, ’90.
"A lot of what Miss Florida has to do is not covered, and it can be a burden if she doesn't have the financial support," says Saba, ’84.
The official debut of the organization will be this weekend at the 80th Miss Florida pageant, in St. Petersburg. They have recruited more than 30 former Miss Floridas to gather at the weekend's events, including 25 who will be participate in The Forever's Foundation first talent show fundraising event. The ladies will also have enjoy brunch Sunday morning after the new Miss Florida is crowned, as a way to officially welcome her into the Miss Florida sisterhood.
In addition to whis weekend's full schedule of events, The Forever's Foundation has published a book with all of the profits going toward the new foundation. The book, titled, "Thirty-four Paths to the Crown and the Life Thereafter," is a collection of stories from 34 former Miss Floridas.