This connection was made possible by Hilary Grant, a former queen herself who was a guest judge at this year’s Posh Production’s pageants. Through her experience, she felt that Mrs. Rabess-Richardson and Posh Productions were capable of handling the international pageant system.
After the introduction and recommendation, Mrs. Mary Richardson and Mrs. Anna Rabess-Richardson held discussions and handled the paper work necessary to be a part of the pageant. Mr. Richardson also added that he took the time to "Google" Mrs. Rabess-Richardson.
The connection and excitement from both the International Pageants and Posh Productions is mutual.
Mrs. Mary Richardson, Executive Director of International Pageants stated “We are super excited, we feel that it’s a good fit. Anna’s passion for the scholarship and the importance of these young women growing is exactly what we are looking for when we are looking for a director plus we love the island, we have been coming to St. Maarten for over 10 years, it’s our second home. Anna has the vision that we have, she understands the importance of the platform, the importance of the microphone we are giving these women.”
“One of the beautiful things about this is that when we host our Miss Teen St. Maarten International pageant, the winner stands a chance, with a 3.2 GPA (equivalent to 80+ avg) to win a $17,500 annual tuition to the prestigious Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia in the United States for 4 years” elaborated Mrs. Rabess–Richardson on the scholarship opportunity.
International Pageant’s mission is to make a difference. At the end of the day, we all leave this place and the question is, did you leave it a better place?” Mr. Mel Richardson, CEO of International Pageants asked.
“Making a Difference” is in line with the mission and vision of Posh Productions which is to promote philanthropy through strong community-based services and to foster good-will ambassadors by encouraging individual growth, personal platforms and community involvement.
Following the induction, Posh Productions will be hosting the inaugural Miss Teen St. Maarten International Pageant in St. Maarten in Spring 2018 and the winner will go on to the USA to compete in the national competition.
Once launched, Posh Productions is seeking to have the pageant as a district pageant in comparison to the United States where various states compete for the crown.
“I would like to truly thank the Honorable Prime Minister William Marlin and Mrs. Marlin for their continued support of Posh Productions and our efforts to elevate St. Maarten on the pageant platform. I'm truly grateful that the Prime Minister sees the vision and supports the mission.
Thanks to Keoma Hamer, The Marketing Department at SXM Airport, DCOMM, The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Hilary Grant and Chiaira Bowers. Thank you to each of you for your role and support in making today possible and a success” said Mrs. Rabess – Richardson.
Mrs. Rabess–Richardson, reflecting on this milestone, concluded by saying, “This is a dream come true for me and I intend to take St. Maarten even further”.