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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

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South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

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Jamaica 2014

Kingston Jamaica 2014

Malawi 2015

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

Kingston Jamaica 2014

Malawi 2015

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

Kingston Jamaica 2014

Malawi 2015

News

    • Congrats Jena for booking back to back feature films!
    • 3-Headed Shark Attack coming to Sy Fy channel this summer and Minutes to Midnight out later this year.
    • Look for Jena in the Entourage Johnnie Walker Jimmy Kimmel promo out now.
    • Jena is currently filming an episode of USA’s drama, Satisfaction.
    • Look for Jena in Adult Swim’s “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” coming soon
    • Catch Jena also in “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters October 10th!
    • “American Beach House” ensemble cast including Mischa Barton, a fun summer comedy coming soon!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy also coming soon
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
      • Congrats to Jena Sims for booking a role in the 2015 thriller Down Angel, shooting later this month!

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


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California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

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Jamaica 2014

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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

Georgia Pageant 2012

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Meet the HBBQ’s

 

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

 

 

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

 

 

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

 

 

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

 

 

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year!

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

 

 

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year!

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

 

 

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

 

 

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

 

 

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

 

 

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

 

 

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HBBQ: JAMIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When Alexis from the Alabama Pageant of Hope grabbed the microphone and told us volunteers that that was the best day of her life. That really warmed my heart and has been the real reason why I keep coming back to every Pageant of Hope.

Occupation:
high school senior

Former title:
USA National Jr. Teen 2011

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means making children who are less fortunate than me, go through the same experience I go through being in pageants. Every person deserves to be pampered and put in the spotlight and to be treated like a Prince or Princess.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained memories to last forever and friends I will have the rest of my life. Also I have gained more of a want to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate. I will cherish this experience forever and hope to continue doing this with Jena.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
I would be Cinderella because she goes from rags to riches but stays the beautiful person she is from the inside and out.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream is to take a European cruise. Ive never been to Europe and Ive never been on a cruise. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Ever since I can remember, I have been extremely flexible and have been able to put my leg beside my head while standing of the other foot. That’s why I am a cheerleader!!!

What football team do you Support?
Definitely the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!!!

 

 

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HBBQ: ABIGAIL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When the children from the Pageant of Hope in Washington talked about their parents deployment, it touched my heart and allowed me to realize how blessed we are to have people fighting for our freedom.

Occupation:
Student/Model

Former title:
Miss East Georgia

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means children forgetting any challenge that they face throughout the day, it allows them to feel how special each of them are and to understand that they are kings and queens every day in life.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained friendships that will last forever, memories that will never fade, and the importance of understanding how blessed I am for everything I have.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Matthew McConaughy

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sherbert, because it’s colorful.. like me!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be the next Erin Andrews, the one who showed the boys that girls can do anything they can do.. and way better!

 

 

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HBBQ: LAUREN PRICE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope was from the very first Pageant held in Winder, Georgia. We crowned Lilly our Princess of Hope with a beautiful crown I had won in a previous pageant & crowned sweet Ryan our Prince of Hope.

Occupation:
Nurse

Former title:
Childhood Pageant Queen & 2005 Miss Red & Black for Winder-Barrow High School

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
I have gained a great deal of respect for all of the children we have helped facing any sort of disadvantages or difficulties. I have a great deal of pride in the service that we provide to these amazing kids, & it is such an honor to be a part of their happiness by touching them “one tiara at a time.”

What Football team do you support?
The Georgia Bulldogs—Football is a religion in the South!

Dream Travel Destination & why?
I would love to travel to Fiji & stay at the Poseidon Undersea Resort. I absolutely love visiting aquariums, so nothing would beat an exotic vacation plus a room situated on the ocean floor beneath the waves & amidst the sea life.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is a question I ask myself even today. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, & now I’m almost done with my nursing degree. I’d love to work in a private practice, be an amazing wife to my gorgeous husband, a great mother to my children (waiting another 5 years for that one!), the author of the great American novel, a professional cheerleader, & a world traveler. You never stop growing up.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
Easy—I would choose flying. We are currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma & the majority of my family & friends reside in Georgia. I could use this superpower to fly home every day, plus save about a thousand bucks in airfare—awesome & practical!

 

 

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HBBQ: HUNTER

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Walking the kids on stage.

Occupation:
Student

Former title:
Little Miss Red and Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It’s chance to help kids with an illness or disability feel happy and confident and it does the same for me. I get excited to see the excitement in everyone from the HBBQ’s, Judges, Fans and the kids on stage. I just love it.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Confidence and Compassion

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Strawberry

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Louis Tomlinson

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Open my own Orthodontic Practice

 

 

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HBBQ: ASHLEY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing how excited all the kids were to walk the runway with us!  So fullof energy and life!

Occupation:
Model

Former title:
Child pageant queen

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It means giving back. I went into it hoping to change kids lives. They ended up changing mine.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A sense of purpose.  Knowing that I’m helping to make the world a better and happier place, one tiara at a time!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel because I love the water and love her hair!!

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I’d love to be able to fly! So fun!

If you could travel in a Time Machine where would you go?
Louis Tomlinson

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I’d go back to London in the 90s and meet Princess Diana!

 

 

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HBBQ: ALY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing how happy the kids are and the smiles on their faces.

Occupation:
Student & Varsity Cheerleader at Spanish Fort High School.

Former title:
Miss Georgia National American and Miss and Little Miss Red & Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It’s always been dear to my heart getting to make a difference in the lives of young children

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope:
I’ve gained many friendships and met lots of new people.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Strawberry

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My Celebrity husband would be Channing Tatum.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now? 
If you looked in my refrigerator you would find Feta. Grapefruits & Sweet Tea.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Sour Skittles

 

 

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HBBQ: LIBBY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
My favorite memories of the past pageant of hope is doing the kids hair and makeup.

Occupation:
Student & Cheerleader at Spanish Fort Middle School.

Former title:
National Cover Miss and Tiny Miss Red & Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It has always been special to me to make a difference in kids lives.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope:
I’ve gained many friendships and met lots of new people.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
I’ve met a lot of new friends.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My Celebrity husband would be Tim Tebow.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be? 
If I were an Ice Cream flavor I would be Birthday Cake.

If you could be in any movie, what would it be?
If I could be in a movie, I would like to be in Teen Beach Movie.

 

Pageant of Hope: Memorable Contestants


Pageant of Hope: Memorable Contestants

Pageant of Hope: Bringing Joy to Ailing Kids


Pageant of Hope: Bringing Joy to Ailing Kids

Pageant of Hope: Changing Lives


Pageant of Hope: Changing Lives

Pageant of Hope: Crowning Moments


Pageant of Hope: Crowning Moments

Pageant of Hope: Bringing Joy to Ailing Kids

Pageant of Hope: Bringing Joy to Ailing Kids

News

    • Look for Jena in Adult Swim’s “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” coming soon
    • Catch Jena also in “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters October 10th!
    • “American Beach House” ensemble cast including Mischa Barton, a fun summer comedy coming soon!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy also coming soon
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
      • Congrats to Jena Sims for booking a role in the 2015 thriller Down Angel, shooting later this month!

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica Pageant of Hope in Kingston December 13th, 2014!

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

Jena Sims Postcard and HBBQ


Jena Sims Postcard and HBBQ

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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa 2009

Cuba 2012

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

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Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica 2014

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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
Jamaica pageant

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

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Washington DC

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Jamaica pageant

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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013
 
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Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

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Washington DC

Alabama 2013

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013

Pageant of Hope: Lasting Impact


Pageant of Hope: Lasting Impact

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • “In theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
      • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!
    •  See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!
  •  See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!
  •  See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!

 

  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!
    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!

 

  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

    • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

    • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
    • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
    • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
    • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
    • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
    • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!

 

  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!
  • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
  • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Theatres October 10th!” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!
  • Next Pageant of Hope is July 19th in Montego Bay, Jamaica! Special thanks to our sponsor, (link) http://citycosmetics.com
  • Georgia Pageant of Hope coming to Winder November 30th, 2014!

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Jena with friends at the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation Fundraiser

Chipotle World Premiere Of Original Comedy Web Series “Farmed And Dangerous”

Chipotle World Premiere Of Original Comedy Web Series "Farmed And Dangerous"

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 11: Jena Sims arrives at the Chipotle world premiere of original comedy web series “Farmed And Dangerous” held at DGA Theater on February 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

About

Jena Sims is a full-time actress, model, world traveler, and award-winning philanthropist. This Georgia peach, born and bred in a small town, now calls Hollywood her home, taking her y’all-Southern-drawl, spitfire wit, and natural ability on both sides of the camera in tow. Jena also is the founder and president of the nationally-recognized nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc., which organizes noncompetitive pageants for children facing serious challenges.

Jena’s recent credits include Entourage, Dexter, Vampire Diaries, CSI, One Tree Hill, Leverage, and the lead in Roger Corman’s latest flick, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader. But it’s Jena’s sky-high legs that got her foot in the door. Today, those famous legs are featured on the cover of an iTunes album and in many swimsuit and lingerie campaigns.

Jena’s nonprofit organization, HBBQs, Inc., brings confidence and self-esteem to children facing cancer and other serious challenges through a non-competitive pageant she designed called Pageant of Hope™. Nearly 500 children have participated in Jena’s organization across eight states and two countries, and it was most recently featured in an episode of the ABC reality TV series Everyday Health.

Jena grew up in Winder, Georgia, and graduated from Winder-Barrow High School in 2007. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, where she studied marketing. She currently lives in Los Angeles, balancing her career, nonprofit work, and finding space to fit her impressive shoe collection.

Pageants

Armed with talent, drive, and a flair for competition, Jena hit the pageant circuit in local and state-wide competitions near Atlanta at the age of 15, capturing the judges attention with poise, style, and her longtime commitment to charity work.

In 2004, Jena won her first state-wide competition as the 2004 Miss Georgia Junior National Teenager. Later that year, she brought home the pageant’s national title of Miss Junior National Teenager, making her the organization’s national ambassador for 2005 and shining a light on her modeling career and charity work.

Jena’s drive and ambition kicked in once again in 2007, when she won the Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant. Jena’s year of service sparked a passion for travel and meeting new people and included mastering the skills of on-camera interviews, power sleeping on planes, and donning full wardrobe and makeup in 10 minutes. In August of 2007, Jena competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant, but did not place. Undeterred, Jena started college classes the next day at Belmont University and set her sights on taking her charity work to the next level through an organization she founded called the Has-Been Beauty Queens.

Charity work

Jena is founder and president of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. (“Has-Been Beauty Queens”), which she started in 2006 after nearly a decade of fundraising and organizing events as one of the youngest volunteers for the American Cancer Society. At the age of 10, Jena was so moved by the death of both her grandfathers from cancer that she took action and never looked back. Today, she has raised more than $88,000 for cancer research and has engaged nearly 800 people in charity and nonprofit work.

The HBBQs, Inc. team travels to cities across the country and abroad to organize a noncompetitive event, called Pageant of Hope™, that aims to raise the self-esteem of children facing cancer and other serious challenges. Jena’s mission for the organization is to give each child the opportunity to be a prince or a princess for the day—a moment to be celebrated for who they are and to take their mind off of endless hospital visits and treatments.

In 2011, Jena and her team of volunteers (HBBQs) were selected by EverydayHealth.com to be featured in the reality TV series Everyday Health on ABC, which spotlights the best of grassroots organizations giving back to the health community today.

Jena’s charity work has received numerous national awards from DoSomething.org, Nestle Very Best in Youth, CosmoGIRL! Magazine, Kohl’s Kids Who Care, the Caring Institute, Prudential Spirit of Community, Southern Heroes, Build-A-Bear Huggable Heroes, Kids Hall of Fame, Amazing Kids, Next Step Amazing, Teen Ink Magazine, and has been recognized by NFIB Georgia Young Entrepreneur, WXIA Kids Who Care, Barrow County Youth Volunteer of the Year, and many other state and local accolades.

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News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News


  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News


  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Last Vegas out on DVD and On Demand now!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked her first role of 2014! She will be shooting a live action comedy for an Adult Swim show on Cartoon Network! Congratulations!

  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Look for Last Vegas out on DVD coming soon!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News


  • “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner in theaters later this year!
  • Jena co-starring in the ensemble cast of “American Beach House” with Mischa Barton coming this summer!
  • Jena played a News Reporter in the comedy “Angel Investors” alongside Jamie Kennedy out August 14th, 2014!
  • Look for Last Vegas out on DVD coming soon!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!1

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Coming soon:
-Washington, DC
-Winder GA November 30th, 2014
-Jamaica

Pageant Photos: Georgia

Meet the HBBQ’s

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013

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News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • See Jena in Last Vegas in theaters now!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

My Reel

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Here is a link to Jena’s updated theatrical and television resume.

My Reel

Resume

JENA SIMSMavrick Artists Agency

323-382-0620TELEVISIONFILMTHEATREVIDEOCOMMERCIALS (List Available Upon Request) HOSTING    TRAININGSPECIAL SKILLS AND INTERESTSMiss Georgia Teen USA 2007, General Sports: Aerobics, Body Surfing, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Drive A Boat, Fishing, Football, Gymnastics,
Hiking, Ice Skate, Jet Skier, Mountain Climbing, Rollerblade, Running, Scuba Diver, Weight Lifter, Swimming: Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterfly,
Diving, Freestyle, Swimming, General Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Bollywood / Indian, Break, Clog, Club/Freestyle, Contra Dancing, Disco, Flamenco,
Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Jazz, Line, Modern, Pointe, Polka, Pop Locking, Salsa, Samba, Square, Swing, Tango, Tap, Waltz Languages: French, Spanish
Dialect: Standard American, Southern, Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Miscellaneous Skills: Crochet, Knit, Pilates, Sign Language, Stand-In Experience,
Teleprompter, Yoga, Stunts: Cheerleading, Gymnastics (Back-flips, foor, beam, etc.), Horseback riding General Weapons Training: Automatic Weapon,
Cross Bow, Handgun

One Tree Hill Episode 816 Guest Star/Tracy Dir. Steven Goldfried
Vampire Diaries Episode 121 “Isobel” Guest Star/Cherie Dir. J. Miller Tobin
Defenders Episode 101 “Pilot” Co-Star/Mandy Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Entourage Episode 702 Co-Star/Flight Attendant Dir. Tucker Gates
True Jackson, Ep. 203
“My Boss Ate My Homework” Co-Star/Cheerleader 2 Dir. Roger Christiansen
Leverage Episode 213 Co-Star/Waitress Dir. Dean Delvin
Whipped Reoccurring/Flag Girl Dir. Rick Pendleton
People’s Choice Awards Trophy Presenter Dir. Novera King
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Lead/Cassie Stratford Prod. Roger Corman
It’s Just Sex Supporting (Amanda) Two Roads Theatre (LA)
K Swiss Content Video with Kenny Powers Principal/Bikini Girl Dir. Jody Hill
E!/Style Network Promo Principal Dir. Sarah Hamilton
Mark McKinney Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Luke Bryan Principal Dir. Sean Silva/ Tacklebox
James Otto Principal Dir. Ryan Smith/ Tacklebox
Tantric Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Framing Hanley Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Brad Paisley Principal, Summer Tour 2009 Dir. Scott Scovil, MooTV
iQuote Express Corporate Presentation Video Dir. Keith Holland
CafeTV Featured Guest 3 times Dir. Conn Jackson
WXIA Channel 11 News Assisted with weather forecast Dir. Paul Osman
Amazing Kids Penpal Program SpokesModel/ Ambassador Dir. Alyse Rome
Build-A-Bear Workshop Spokesmodel/ Radio Personality Dir. Maxine Clark – Disney Radio
American Cancer Society Teen Spokesmodel/ Ambassador Dir. Victoria Patrick
America’s National Teenager Scholarship Pageant Emcee Dir. Jenny Telwar
24 different state pageants and Nationals
Jeffrey Marcus Scene Study, Private Training Los Angeles- Current
Michael Woolson Studio Adult Technique On-Camera Los Angeles- Current
Steve Cardwell Office Procedures, Commercials Los Angeles
Tony Boldi Intensive Scene Study Los Angeles
Braden Lynch Accent Reduction and Dialects Los Angeles
Regina Moore Improv Nashville
Van Mar Academy of Motion
Picture & Television Acting Acting Technique, Business of Acting Graduate

My Reel

Resume

JENA SIMSMavrick Artists Agency

323-382-0620TELEVISIONFILMTHEATREVIDEOCOMMERCIALS (List Available Upon Request) HOSTING    TRAININGSPECIAL SKILLS AND INTERESTSMiss Georgia Teen USA 2007, General Sports: Aerobics, Body Surfing, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Drive A Boat, Fishing, Football, Gymnastics,
Hiking, Ice Skate, Jet Skier, Mountain Climbing, Rollerblade, Running, Scuba Diver, Weight Lifter, Swimming: Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterfly,
Diving, Freestyle, Swimming, General Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Bollywood / Indian, Break, Clog, Club/Freestyle, Contra Dancing, Disco, Flamenco,
Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Jazz, Line, Modern, Pointe, Polka, Pop Locking, Salsa, Samba, Square, Swing, Tango, Tap, Waltz Languages: French, Spanish
Dialect: Standard American, Southern, Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Miscellaneous Skills: Crochet, Knit, Pilates, Sign Language, Stand-In Experience,
Teleprompter, Yoga, Stunts: Cheerleading, Gymnastics (Back-flips, foor, beam, etc.), Horseback riding General Weapons Training: Automatic Weapon,
Cross Bow, Handgun

One Tree Hill Episode 816 Guest Star/Tracy Dir. Steven Goldfried
Vampire Diaries Episode 121 “Isobel” Guest Star/Cherie Dir. J. Miller Tobin
Defenders Episode 101 “Pilot” Co-Star/Mandy Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Entourage Episode 702 Co-Star/Flight Attendant Dir. Tucker Gates
True Jackson, Ep. 203
“My Boss Ate My Homework” Co-Star/Cheerleader 2 Dir. Roger Christiansen
Leverage Episode 213 Co-Star/Waitress Dir. Dean Delvin
Whipped Reoccurring/Flag Girl Dir. Rick Pendleton
People’s Choice Awards Trophy Presenter Dir. Novera King
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Lead/Cassie Stratford Prod. Roger Corman
It’s Just Sex Supporting (Amanda) Two Roads Theatre (LA)
K Swiss Content Video with Kenny Powers Principal/Bikini Girl Dir. Jody Hill
E!/Style Network Promo Principal Dir. Sarah Hamilton
Mark McKinney Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Luke Bryan Principal Dir. Sean Silva/ Tacklebox
James Otto Principal Dir. Ryan Smith/ Tacklebox
Tantric Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Framing Hanley Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Brad Paisley Principal, Summer Tour 2009 Dir. Scott Scovil, MooTV
iQuote Express Corporate Presentation Video Dir. Keith Holland
CafeTV Featured Guest 3 times Dir. Conn Jackson
WXIA Channel 11 News Assisted with weather forecast Dir. Paul Osman
Amazing Kids Penpal Program SpokesModel/ Ambassador Dir. Alyse Rome
Build-A-Bear Workshop Spokesmodel/ Radio Personality Dir. Maxine Clark – Disney Radio
American Cancer Society Teen Spokesmodel/ Ambassador Dir. Victoria Patrick
America’s National Teenager Scholarship Pageant Emcee Dir. Jenny Telwar
24 different state pageants and Nationals
Jeffrey Marcus Scene Study, Private Training Los Angeles- Current
Michael Woolson Studio Adult Technique On-Camera Los Angeles- Current
Steve Cardwell Office Procedures, Commercials Los Angeles
Tony Boldi Intensive Scene Study Los Angeles
Braden Lynch Accent Reduction and Dialects Los Angeles
Regina Moore Improv Nashville
Van Mar Academy of Motion
Picture & Television Acting Acting Technique, Business of Acting Graduate

My Reel

Resume

JENA SIMSMavrick Artists Agency

323-382-0620TELEVISIONFILMTHEATREVIDEOCOMMERCIALS (List Available Upon Request) HOSTING    TRAININGSPECIAL SKILLS AND INTERESTSMiss Georgia Teen USA 2007, General Sports: Aerobics, Body Surfing, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Drive A Boat, Fishing, Football, Gymnastics,
Hiking, Ice Skate, Jet Skier, Mountain Climbing, Rollerblade, Running, Scuba Diver, Weight Lifter, Swimming: Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterfly,
Diving, Freestyle, Swimming, General Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Bollywood / Indian, Break, Clog, Club/Freestyle, Contra Dancing, Disco, Flamenco,
Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Jazz, Line, Modern, Pointe, Polka, Pop Locking, Salsa, Samba, Square, Swing, Tango, Tap, Waltz Languages: French, Spanish
Dialect: Standard American, Southern, Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Miscellaneous Skills: Crochet, Knit, Pilates, Sign Language, Stand-In Experience,
Teleprompter, Yoga, Stunts: Cheerleading, Gymnastics (Back-flips, foor, beam, etc.), Horseback riding General Weapons Training: Automatic Weapon,
Cross Bow, Handgun

One Tree Hill Episode 816 Guest Star/Tracy Dir. Steven Goldfried
Vampire Diaries Episode 121 “Isobel” Guest Star/Cherie Dir. J. Miller Tobin
Defenders Episode 101 “Pilot” Co-Star/Mandy Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Entourage Episode 702 Co-Star/Flight Attendant Dir. Tucker Gates
True Jackson, Ep. 203
“My Boss Ate My Homework” Co-Star/Cheerleader 2 Dir. Roger Christiansen
Leverage Episode 213 Co-Star/Waitress Dir. Dean Delvin
Whipped Reoccurring/Flag Girl Dir. Rick Pendleton
People’s Choice Awards Trophy Presenter Dir. Novera King
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Lead/Cassie Stratford Prod. Roger Corman
It’s Just Sex Supporting (Amanda) Two Roads Theatre (LA)
K Swiss Content Video with Kenny Powers Principal/Bikini Girl Dir. Jody Hill
E!/Style Network Promo Principal Dir. Sarah Hamilton
Mark McKinney Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Luke Bryan Principal Dir. Sean Silva/ Tacklebox
James Otto Principal Dir. Ryan Smith/ Tacklebox
Tantric Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Framing Hanley Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Brad Paisley Principal, Summer Tour 2009 Dir. Scott Scovil, MooTV
iQuote Express Corporate Presentation Video Dir. Keith Holland
CafeTV Featured Guest 3 times Dir. Conn Jackson
WXIA Channel 11 News Assisted with weather forecast Dir. Paul Osman
Amazing Kids Penpal Program SpokesModel/ Ambassador Dir. Alyse Rome
Build-A-Bear Workshop Spokesmodel/ Radio Personality Dir. Maxine Clark – Disney Radio
American Cancer Society Teen Spokesmodel/ Ambassador Dir. Victoria Patrick
America’s National Teenager Scholarship Pageant Emcee Dir. Jenny Telwar
24 different state pageants and Nationals
Jeffrey Marcus Scene Study, Private Training Los Angeles- Current
Michael Woolson Studio Adult Technique On-Camera Los Angeles- Current
Steve Cardwell Office Procedures, Commercials Los Angeles
Tony Boldi Intensive Scene Study Los Angeles
Braden Lynch Accent Reduction and Dialects Los Angeles
Regina Moore Improv Nashville
Van Mar Academy of Motion
Picture & Television Acting Acting Technique, Business of Acting Graduate

My Reel

Resume

JENA SIMSMavrick Artists Agency

323-382-0620TELEVISIONFILMTHEATREVIDEOCOMMERCIALS (List Available Upon Request) HOSTING    TRAININGSPECIAL SKILLS AND INTERESTSMiss Georgia Teen USA 2007, General Sports: Aerobics, Body Surfing, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Drive A Boat, Fishing, Football, Gymnastics,
Hiking, Ice Skate, Jet Skier, Mountain Climbing, Rollerblade, Running, Scuba Diver, Weight Lifter, Swimming: Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterfly,
Diving, Freestyle, Swimming, General Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Bollywood / Indian, Break, Clog, Club/Freestyle, Contra Dancing, Disco, Flamenco,
Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Jazz, Line, Modern, Pointe, Polka, Pop Locking, Salsa, Samba, Square, Swing, Tango, Tap, Waltz Languages: French, Spanish
Dialect: Standard American, Southern, Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Miscellaneous Skills: Crochet, Knit, Pilates, Sign Language, Stand-In Experience,
Teleprompter, Yoga, Stunts: Cheerleading, Gymnastics (Back-flips, foor, beam, etc.), Horseback riding General Weapons Training: Automatic Weapon,
Cross Bow, Handgun

One Tree Hill Episode 816 Guest Star/Tracy Dir. Steven Goldfried
Vampire Diaries Episode 121 “Isobel” Guest Star/Cherie Dir. J. Miller Tobin
Defenders Episode 101 “Pilot” Co-Star/Mandy Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Entourage Episode 702 Co-Star/Flight Attendant Dir. Tucker Gates
True Jackson, Ep. 203
“My Boss Ate My Homework” Co-Star/Cheerleader 2 Dir. Roger Christiansen
Leverage Episode 213 Co-Star/Waitress Dir. Dean Delvin
Whipped Reoccurring/Flag Girl Dir. Rick Pendleton
People’s Choice Awards Trophy Presenter Dir. Novera King
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Lead/Cassie Stratford Prod. Roger Corman
It’s Just Sex Supporting (Amanda) Two Roads Theatre (LA)
K Swiss Content Video with Kenny Powers Principal/Bikini Girl Dir. Jody Hill
E!/Style Network Promo Principal Dir. Sarah Hamilton
Mark McKinney Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Luke Bryan Principal Dir. Sean Silva/ Tacklebox
James Otto Principal Dir. Ryan Smith/ Tacklebox
Tantric Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Framing Hanley Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Brad Paisley Principal, Summer Tour 2009 Dir. Scott Scovil, MooTV
iQuote Express Corporate Presentation Video Dir. Keith Holland
CafeTV Featured Guest 3 times Dir. Conn Jackson
WXIA Channel 11 News Assisted with weather forecast Dir. Paul Osman
Amazing Kids Penpal Program SpokesModel/ Ambassador Dir. Alyse Rome
Build-A-Bear Workshop Spokesmodel/ Radio Personality Dir. Maxine Clark – Disney Radio
American Cancer Society Teen Spokesmodel/ Ambassador Dir. Victoria Patrick
America’s National Teenager Scholarship Pageant Emcee Dir. Jenny Telwar
24 different state pageants and Nationals
Jeffrey Marcus Scene Study, Private Training Los Angeles- Current
Michael Woolson Studio Adult Technique On-Camera Los Angeles- Current
Steve Cardwell Office Procedures, Commercials Los Angeles
Tony Boldi Intensive Scene Study Los Angeles
Braden Lynch Accent Reduction and Dialects Los Angeles
Regina Moore Improv Nashville
Van Mar Academy of Motion
Picture & Television Acting Acting Technique, Business of Acting Graduate

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323-382-0620TELEVISIONFILMTHEATREVIDEOCOMMERCIALS (List Available Upon Request) HOSTING    TRAININGSPECIAL SKILLS AND INTERESTSMiss Georgia Teen USA 2007, General Sports: Aerobics, Body Surfing, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Drive A Boat, Fishing, Football, Gymnastics,
Hiking, Ice Skate, Jet Skier, Mountain Climbing, Rollerblade, Running, Scuba Diver, Weight Lifter, Swimming: Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterfly,
Diving, Freestyle, Swimming, General Dance: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Bollywood / Indian, Break, Clog, Club/Freestyle, Contra Dancing, Disco, Flamenco,
Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Jazz, Line, Modern, Pointe, Polka, Pop Locking, Salsa, Samba, Square, Swing, Tango, Tap, Waltz Languages: French, Spanish
Dialect: Standard American, Southern, Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Miscellaneous Skills: Crochet, Knit, Pilates, Sign Language, Stand-In Experience,
Teleprompter, Yoga, Stunts: Cheerleading, Gymnastics (Back-flips, foor, beam, etc.), Horseback riding General Weapons Training: Automatic Weapon,
Cross Bow, Handgun

One Tree Hill Episode 816 Guest Star/Tracy Dir. Steven Goldfried
Vampire Diaries Episode 121 “Isobel” Guest Star/Cherie Dir. J. Miller Tobin
Defenders Episode 101 “Pilot” Co-Star/Mandy Dir. Davis Guggenheim
Entourage Episode 702 Co-Star/Flight Attendant Dir. Tucker Gates
True Jackson, Ep. 203
“My Boss Ate My Homework” Co-Star/Cheerleader 2 Dir. Roger Christiansen
Leverage Episode 213 Co-Star/Waitress Dir. Dean Delvin
Whipped Reoccurring/Flag Girl Dir. Rick Pendleton
People’s Choice Awards Trophy Presenter Dir. Novera King
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader Lead/Cassie Stratford Prod. Roger Corman
It’s Just Sex Supporting (Amanda) Two Roads Theatre (LA)
K Swiss Content Video with Kenny Powers Principal/Bikini Girl Dir. Jody Hill
E!/Style Network Promo Principal Dir. Sarah Hamilton
Mark McKinney Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Luke Bryan Principal Dir. Sean Silva/ Tacklebox
James Otto Principal Dir. Ryan Smith/ Tacklebox
Tantric Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Framing Hanley Principal Dir. Mason Dixon/ Tacklebox
Brad Paisley Principal, Summer Tour 2009 Dir. Scott Scovil, MooTV
iQuote Express Corporate Presentation Video Dir. Keith Holland
CafeTV Featured Guest 3 times Dir. Conn Jackson
WXIA Channel 11 News Assisted with weather forecast Dir. Paul Osman
Amazing Kids Penpal Program SpokesModel/ Ambassador Dir. Alyse Rome
Build-A-Bear Workshop Spokesmodel/ Radio Personality Dir. Maxine Clark – Disney Radio
American Cancer Society Teen Spokesmodel/ Ambassador Dir. Victoria Patrick
America’s National Teenager Scholarship Pageant Emcee Dir. Jenny Telwar
24 different state pageants and Nationals
Jeffrey Marcus Scene Study, Private Training Los Angeles- Current
Michael Woolson Studio Adult Technique On-Camera Los Angeles- Current
Steve Cardwell Office Procedures, Commercials Los Angeles
Tony Boldi Intensive Scene Study Los Angeles
Braden Lynch Accent Reduction and Dialects Los Angeles
Regina Moore Improv Nashville
Van Mar Academy of Motion
Picture & Television Acting Acting Technique, Business of Acting Graduate

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia

Meet the HBBQ’s

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013

Pageant of Hope

 

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia

Meet the HBBQ’s

 


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Jena is heading to New York in January to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Jena is heading to New York in January to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Jena is heading to New York in January to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Jena is heading to New York in January to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in January to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

 

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

 

News

Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!

Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!

Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters

Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!

We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!
 

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

 

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!
  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

 

News

  • Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
  • Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!

 

  • Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
  • Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
  • Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
  • We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

 

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I AM ENTERTAINMENT

It’s That Time Of The Year Again… Every Day

Summer is right around the corner, so it’s that time of year when the clothes come off and tan lines are welcome! I want to stress the importance of the one potion that could potentially save your life- SUNSCREEN! Los Angeles is definitely known for it’s Vanity, and that in itself is a double edged sword. Everyone wants to look younger and sunscreen is one way to protect from future wrinkles and the dreaded lobster look. Most importantly, it reduces your chances of getting skin cancer. It is imperative to use a daily SPF because we don’t realize how many times a day we come in contact with the sun’s rays without realizing it. I encourage each of you to layer on an SPF under your makeup foundation (or use one with an SPF like myself!) That being said, I want to show you some products that I use to keep my skin feeling soft and youthful.
Right when I step out of the shower I apply Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream underneath my eyes. It is important not to use your index finger because it’s the strongest one, and you can accidentally apply too much pressure which negates the anti-aging benefits. Be gentle to your face! I use my ring fingers. Next, I use Hydrating Gel Cream. It is’t oily like most moisturizers, and it really make your foundation smoother. I don’t know the science behind what it guarantees exactly, but my mom uses it and has yet to get wrinkles! She swears by both of these! Once these sink into your pores, I use philosophy hope in a tinted moisturizer with an spf of 20. It isn’t heavy or cakey, plus it really evens skin tone all the while feeling light and it also doesn’t have that bad “sunscreen smell”. It’s wonderful! You may want to use a powder to set this at the end as well.
Please, please practice safe sunning this swim season, and every day! You and your dermatologist can thank me later!

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama 2012

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Alabama 2013

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Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

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HBBQ: JAMIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When Alexis from the Alabama Pageant of Hope grabbed the microphone and told us volunteers that that was the best day of her life. That really warmed my heart and has been the real reason why I keep coming back to every Pageant of Hope.

Occupation:
high school senior

Former title:
USA National Jr. Teen 2011

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means making children who are less fortunate than me, go through the same experience I go through being in pageants. Every person deserves to be pampered and put in the spotlight and to be treated like a Prince or Princess.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained memories to last forever and friends I will have the rest of my life. Also I have gained more of a want to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate. I will cherish this experience forever and hope to continue doing this with Jena.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
I would be Cinderella because she goes from rags to riches but stays the beautiful person she is from the inside and out.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream is to take a European cruise. Ive never been to Europe and Ive never been on a cruise. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Ever since I can remember, I have been extremely flexible and have been able to put my leg beside my head while standing of the other foot. That’s why I am a cheerleader!!!

What football team do you Support?
Definitely the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!!!

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HBBQ: ABIGAIL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When the children from the Pageant of Hope in Washington talked about their parents deployment, it touched my heart and allowed me to realize how blessed we are to have people fighting for our freedom.

Occupation:
Student/Model

Former title:
Miss East Georgia

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means children forgetting any challenge that they face throughout the day, it allows them to feel how special each of them are and to understand that they are kings and queens every day in life.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained friendships that will last forever, memories that will never fade, and the importance of understanding how blessed I am for everything I have.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Matthew McConaughy

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sherbert, because it’s colorful.. like me!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be the next Erin Andrews, the one who showed the boys that girls can do anything they can do.. and way better!

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HBBQ: LAUREN PRICE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope was from the very first Pageant held in Winder, Georgia. We crowned Lilly our Princess of Hope with a beautiful crown I had won in a previous pageant & crowned sweet Ryan our Prince of Hope.

Occupation:
Nurse

Former title:
Childhood Pageant Queen & 2005 Miss Red & Black for Winder-Barrow High School

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
I have gained a great deal of respect for all of the children we have helped facing any sort of disadvantages or difficulties. I have a great deal of pride in the service that we provide to these amazing kids, & it is such an honor to be a part of their happiness by touching them “one tiara at a time.”

What Football team do you support?
The Georgia Bulldogs—Football is a religion in the South!

Dream Travel Destination & why?
I would love to travel to Fiji & stay at the Poseidon Undersea Resort. I absolutely love visiting aquariums, so nothing would beat an exotic vacation plus a room situated on the ocean floor beneath the waves & amidst the sea life.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is a question I ask myself even today. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, & now I’m almost done with my nursing degree. I’d love to work in a private practice, be an amazing wife to my gorgeous husband, a great mother to my children (waiting another 5 years for that one!), the author of the great American novel, a professional cheerleader, & a world traveler. You never stop growing up.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
Easy—I would choose flying. We are currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma & the majority of my family & friends reside in Georgia. I could use this superpower to fly home every day, plus save about a thousand bucks in airfare—awesome & practical!

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HBBQ: HUNTER

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Walking the kids on stage.

Occupation:
Student

Former title:
Little Miss Red and Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It’s chance to help kids with an illness or disability feel happy and confident and it does the same for me. I get excited to see the excitement in everyone from the HBBQ’s, Judges, Fans and the kids on stage. I just love it.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Confidence and Compassion

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Strawberry

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Louis Tomlinson

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Open my own Orthodontic Practice

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HBBQ: ASHLEY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing how excited all the kids were to walk the runway with us!  So fullof energy and life!

Occupation:
Model

Former title:
Child pageant queen

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It means giving back. I went into it hoping to change kids lives. They ended up changing mine.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A sense of purpose.  Knowing that I’m helping to make the world a better and happier place, one tiara at a time!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel because I love the water and love her hair!!

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I’d love to be able to fly! So fun!

If you could travel in a Time Machine where would you go?
Louis Tomlinson

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I’d go back to London in the 90s and meet Princess Diana!

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HBBQ: ALY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing how happy the kids are and the smiles on their faces.

Occupation:
Student & Varsity Cheerleader at Spanish Fort High School.

Former title:
Miss Georgia National American and Miss and Little Miss Red & Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It’s always been dear to my heart getting to make a difference in the lives of young children

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope:
I’ve gained many friendships and met lots of new people.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Strawberry

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My Celebrity husband would be Channing Tatum.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now? 
If you looked in my refrigerator you would find Feta. Grapefruits & Sweet Tea.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Sour Skittles

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HBBQ: LIBBY

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
My favorite memories of the past pageant of hope is doing the kids hair and makeup.

Occupation:
Student & Cheerleader at Spanish Fort Middle School.

Former title:
National Cover Miss and Tiny Miss Red & Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It has always been special to me to make a difference in kids lives.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope:
I’ve gained many friendships and met lots of new people.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
I’ve met a lot of new friends.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My Celebrity husband would be Tim Tebow.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be? 
If I were an Ice Cream flavor I would be Birthday Cake.

If you could be in any movie, what would it be?
If I could be in a movie, I would like to be in Teen Beach Movie.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

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HBBQ: JAMIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When Alexis from the Alabama Pageant of Hope grabbed the microphone and told us volunteers that that was the best day of her life. That really warmed my heart and has been the real reason why I keep coming back to every Pageant of Hope.

Occupation:
high school senior

Former title:
USA National Jr. Teen 2011

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means making children who are less fortunate than me, go through the same experience I go through being in pageants. Every person deserves to be pampered and put in the spotlight and to be treated like a Prince or Princess.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained memories to last forever and friends I will have the rest of my life. Also I have gained more of a want to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate. I will cherish this experience forever and hope to continue doing this with Jena.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
I would be Cinderella because she goes from rags to riches but stays the beautiful person she is from the inside and out.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream is to take a European cruise. Ive never been to Europe and Ive never been on a cruise. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Ever since I can remember, I have been extremely flexible and have been able to put my leg beside my head while standing of the other foot. That’s why I am a cheerleader!!!

What football team do you Support?
Definitely the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!!!

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HBBQ: ABIGAIL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When the children from the Pageant of Hope in Washington talked about their parents deployment, it touched my heart and allowed me to realize how blessed we are to have people fighting for our freedom.

Occupation:
Student/Model

Former title:
Miss East Georgia

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means children forgetting any challenge that they face throughout the day, it allows them to feel how special each of them are and to understand that they are kings and queens every day in life.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained friendships that will last forever, memories that will never fade, and the importance of understanding how blessed I am for everything I have.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Matthew McConaughy

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sherbert, because it’s colorful.. like me!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be the next Erin Andrews, the one who showed the boys that girls can do anything they can do.. and way better!

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HBBQ: LAUREN PRICE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope was from the very first Pageant held in Winder, Georgia. We crowned Lilly our Princess of Hope with a beautiful crown I had won in a previous pageant & crowned sweet Ryan our Prince of Hope.

Occupation:
Nurse

Former title:
Childhood Pageant Queen & 2005 Miss Red & Black for Winder-Barrow High School

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
I have gained a great deal of respect for all of the children we have helped facing any sort of disadvantages or difficulties. I have a great deal of pride in the service that we provide to these amazing kids, & it is such an honor to be a part of their happiness by touching them “one tiara at a time.”

What Football team do you support?
The Georgia Bulldogs—Football is a religion in the South!

Dream Travel Destination & why?
I would love to travel to Fiji & stay at the Poseidon Undersea Resort. I absolutely love visiting aquariums, so nothing would beat an exotic vacation plus a room situated on the ocean floor beneath the waves & amidst the sea life.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is a question I ask myself even today. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, & now I’m almost done with my nursing degree. I’d love to work in a private practice, be an amazing wife to my gorgeous husband, a great mother to my children (waiting another 5 years for that one!), the author of the great American novel, a professional cheerleader, & a world traveler. You never stop growing up.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
Easy—I would choose flying. We are currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma & the majority of my family & friends reside in Georgia. I could use this superpower to fly home every day, plus save about a thousand bucks in airfare—awesome & practical!

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HBBQ: HUNTER

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Walking the kids on stage.

Occupation:
Student

Former title:
Little Miss Red and Black

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It’s chance to help kids with an illness or disability feel happy and confident and it does the same for me. I get excited to see the excitement in everyone from the HBBQ’s, Judges, Fans and the kids on stage. I just love it.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Confidence and Compassion

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Strawberry

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Louis Tomlinson

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Open my own Orthodontic Practice

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

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HBBQ: JAMIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When Alexis from the Alabama Pageant of Hope grabbed the microphone and told us volunteers that that was the best day of her life. That really warmed my heart and has been the real reason why I keep coming back to every Pageant of Hope.

Occupation:
high school senior

Former title:
USA National Jr. Teen 2011

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means making children who are less fortunate than me, go through the same experience I go through being in pageants. Every person deserves to be pampered and put in the spotlight and to be treated like a Prince or Princess.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained memories to last forever and friends I will have the rest of my life. Also I have gained more of a want to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate. I will cherish this experience forever and hope to continue doing this with Jena.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
I would be Cinderella because she goes from rags to riches but stays the beautiful person she is from the inside and out.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream is to take a European cruise. Ive never been to Europe and Ive never been on a cruise. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Ever since I can remember, I have been extremely flexible and have been able to put my leg beside my head while standing of the other foot. That’s why I am a cheerleader!!!

What football team do you Support?
Definitely the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!!!

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HBBQ: ABIGAIL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When the children from the Pageant of Hope in Washington talked about their parents deployment, it touched my heart and allowed me to realize how blessed we are to have people fighting for our freedom.

Occupation:
Student/Model

Former title:
Miss East Georgia

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means children forgetting any challenge that they face throughout the day, it allows them to feel how special each of them are and to understand that they are kings and queens every day in life.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained friendships that will last forever, memories that will never fade, and the importance of understanding how blessed I am for everything I have.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Matthew McConaughy

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sherbert, because it’s colorful.. like me!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be the next Erin Andrews, the one who showed the boys that girls can do anything they can do.. and way better!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

News

Jena booked a supporting role in “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner, a crime thriller, shooting in Atlanta this month!
Jena just wrapped up shooting “American Beach House” a romantic comedy with Mischa Barton. Jena played Lola, one of the leads in this exciting ensemble cast!

Promo Life, a pilot Jena booked will be shooting this summer in LA!
Jena is heading to New York in August to film a leading role in House of the Blood Sisters
Last Vegas in theaters November 1st!
We are heading to Moore, Oklahoma November 30th! Stay tuned for more info!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours

HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.
Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my
pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur
Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my
pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my
pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my
pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants;
I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.
It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.
It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.
It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.
It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.
It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Meet the HBBQ’s

Getting_creative_with_colours
HBBQ: Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.”

It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy. It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Pageant of Hope

The Pageant of Hope™ gives children and teens who face serious illnesses and challenges the opportunity to be Prince or Princess for a day. Started in 2006 by former Miss Georgia Teen USA winner Jena Sims, this noncompetitive pageant invites kids of all ages to shine in the spotlight in front of family and friends and be celebrated for who they are.

In 2012, Jena and the Pageant of Hope™ was featured on ABC’s new television series, Everyday Health, which highlights people who have made significant contributions to the health and well being of those less fortunate. Today, more than 800 kids in cities across the country – as well as in South Africa and Cuba – have participated in the Pageant of Hope™, organized by Jena’s nonprofit organization HBBQs, Inc. The event continues to reach children all over the world, bringing light into their lives and smiles to their faces.

Everyone is a winner in the Pageant of Hope™. Jena and her team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering, followed by each child having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the spotlight, looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant receives a special pageant title and a crown to wear, and two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope.

At HBBQs, Inc., our motto is to “Touch each child… one tiara at a time.” We work with hospitals, community centers, parents, local organizers, pageant industry leaders, and celebrities to personalize each Pageant of Hope™ to the communities we serve and the children and teens who participate. Our priority is to make each Pageant of Hope™ a safe, fun, and positive environment that celebrates kids for being just who they are.

Pageant Photos: Georgia      
Meet the HBBQ’s


Georgia 2006 Pageant

Michigan Pageant

Wisconsin Pageant

NYC Pageant

California 2007 Pageant

California 2011

South Africa Pageant

Cuba Pageant

Georgia 2008 Pageant

Australia 2012

Alabama

Georgia Pageant 2012

Washington DC

Meet the HBBQ’s

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HBBQ:Jena Sims, creator of Pageant of Hope™, and founder of HBBQ’s, Inc.

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
There are always a few standouts from each of the events. Once, we had a guy in Alabama who was in a wheelchair, and didn’t speak. He had a device where he could type and talk. He said, “You know I haven’t always been like this.” And I asked, “What do you mean?” He replid, “I was a star quarterback in high school and I had an accident playing football and that’s why I’m in this wheelchair.” It just hits home. It definitely puts everything into perspective. Our issues are so small compared to a life-changing injury or chemotheraphy.It’s incredibly life-changing. Another one is the reason why I’m still doing my

pageants; I used to mentor a kid named Ryan, who was 7 years old when I met him. He had a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He was crowned Prince in my very first Pageant of Hope in 2005. Right before the pageant started, he tugged on my dress and asked, “Jena, how does my hair look?” And of course, he didn’t have any hair so it was really funny and uplifting to see his sense of humor. After that pageant, I was so touched, I continued to mentor him. I would go over to his house and swim with him in the summer and bring him presents during the holidays. In 2008, he ended up passing away, so that’s who I dedicate my service to, Ryan.

Occupation:
Actress, Non-profit founder, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Connoisseur

Former title:
Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope is my baby! To me, it’s more than just watching these special kids gain self-confidence and self-esteem. It is watching my best friend’s life’s change at each of these events. I think we all go in to the pageants with our expectations and each and every one of my volunteer HBBQ’s leave having gained so much more than they had planned. It’s humbling to see lives change as a result of something I created right in front of my own eyes.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Humility, gratefulness, and perspective. Every day I am so thankful to be alive and healthy because I have witnessed kids facing real challenges, and even death.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
An oldie- “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” by the Cowsills. You can’t listen to it without feeling happy and carefree. I first heard it in my all-time favorite movie, “Dumb & Dumber” during the dream sequence with Mary Swanson. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the band live and meet the lead singer at a charity event in LA and it was amazing! I was on cloud 9!

What’s your spirit animal?
The peacock- It has always been my favorite animal since childhood. I remember visiting the Atlanta Zoo in elementary school and being so transfixed on them because they were the only un-caged animal there. The vivid colors in the feathers were also captivating. I have since decorated my apartment in Los Angeles with a peacock theme, and my room in Georgia as well. The peacock is also a symbol of renewal, since the male peacocks replace their feathers naturally, annually.

What’s your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people leave their windshield wipers on and it isn’t raining anymore. It’s such an unexplained bugaboo of mine when the wipers aren’t wiping anything!

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HBBQ:CANDEN

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Zachary

Occupation:
On-Camera Host/Actress

Former title:
Miss Alabama Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The pageant means a place where beauty is embraced and celebrated from the inside out…where just being yourself inspires others.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have learned to embrace who I am, with all my flaws and shortcomings, and have been able to see through a child’s eyes how powerful love and compassion can be.

What’s your spirit animal?
Horse

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Chips. Salsa. Guac.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Skittles!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel

HBBQ:LISA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
Seeing the joy on the contestants faces when they are crowned queens and kings. They really truly feel on top of the world and in my opinion, that’s the best part.

Occupation:
I work as a television personality, actress and model.

Former title:
Miss Georgia USA 2006

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope is an opportunity to sprinkle a little rhinestone fairy dust on children who would ordinarily never be able to participate in a pageant. As a former titleholder, I know what that feels like and it’s an honor for me to be able to share that joy with the children participating.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I’ve learned to be incredibly grateful for everything. We meet children who have life threatening or life altering situations and they are joyful, grateful and some of the most wonderful people to be around. It’s an eye opener.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Jasmine – I want my own flying carpet and genie.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would be able to fly like superman, be invisible like that kid from the Incredibles and I would be able to rock the Wonder Woman costume like it was made for me.

Dream travel destination and why?
I would do an Eat Pray Love trip and go to Italy, eat a ton of pasta and gain like 15 pounds, then go to India and find my inner child while dropping the 15 lbs I gained in Italy then I’d head off to Bali and frolic on the beach with the locals.

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HBBQ:LAUREN TANGARD

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
After crowning Addison in Georgia, she gave me a hug and then tried to crown me. She is so adorable and has such a great spirit – despite everything she has endured at such a young age, she is one of the happiest little girls I have ever met. She taught me a lot in a short amount of time!

Occupation:
Full-time nerd. Market Analyst for a commercial real estate development company

Former title:
Miss National Sweetheart

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?

The Pageant of Hope means sharing happiness and encouraging children and young adults to have hope and to dream, despite anything that may be going on in their lives. The pageants give children and teens an experience that allows them to have fun, be carefree, make new friends, and be recognized for the princes and princesses they are.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
Participating in Pageants of Hope has been incredibly rewarding! Aside from spending time with some amazing HBBQs and making new friends, I have learned the true definition of hope and joy. These children are amazing, courageous, and inspiring; we try to give them hope and joy and at the end of each POH, we get the same from them. It has been such an amazing experience so far!

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Ariel! She gets to be in the ocean all the time AND gets Prince Charming. Best of both worlds!

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can pack like it’s nobody’s business. I went to South Africa for 3 weeks recently and packed enough clothes for entire trip in a carry-on bag and a back pack J

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be a kid again!

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HBBQ:LEXI

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
would have to be when my mom wanted to take a picture of me, and a little girl named Lillie. She wrapped her arms around me, and lets just say. It made the cutest picture, and she had my heart from then on.

Occupation:
school, wish there was more!

Former title:
Miss Red and Black 09′ – 12′

What he Pageant of Hope is to ?
you is so much more than just a pageant or something to help out with. It opens up your eyes to see that no matter how bad some of the children and adults have it, that they still have a smile on their face. They are all beautiful, and when they get out on that stage, they show it. They don’t hold back, and they should. They are all Princesses and princes today.

What have you gained from this experience?
After my first one in Alabama, I have had a whole different perspective of life, and I have also gained a whole lot of respect for the Pageant of Hope contestants. You never know what’s gonna come at you. You never know what God’s going to put on your plate. You have to take whatever you get, and run with it. Don’t think about what you don’t have, think about the people that care about you and love you. Think about what you do have.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream destination would have to be Alaska. Being from Georgia, I haven’t really seen a lot of snow, much less a place with huge glaciers made of ice. Also, what better place to have giant snow crab legs, than Alaska!?

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a super hero. I would want my power to be super strength. With being a cheerleader, strength is key in most of the things you do, if I’m stronger, I can tumble better, stunt better, and jump better. Also, if I had super strength, my boyfriend could never beat me in an arm wrestle again, and I could always say I was stronger- and it actually be true. 

Who would be your celebrity husband?
My celebrity husband would be Zac Efron. From watching him as a little kid on high school musical, to watching him in all my favorite movies now, I’ve always had the biggest crush on him, and I always will.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
My biggest Pet Peeve would have to be when people call someone a dumb blonde. I, especially get called a dumb blonde a lot. It’s okay a couple of times, but saying it in every class, every day, every year. It gets old and it gets annoying. Blondes have ” blonde moments ” but other people have those moments too… They just don’t have a name for it. It’s fine to say it a couple times a week, but don’t over use the joke. It’s taking it too far, and when you take it too far, people take it offensively.

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HBBQ:AMANDA

What is your favorite memory from a past Pageant of Hope:
With Lillie from the Alabama of Hope last year! 

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope:
DC Pageant of Hope. A little girl said she wanted me to help her make a craft to send to her Daddy who was deployed in Afghanistan.

Occupation:
Government Contractor

Former title:
Miss Lynchburg USA, 2nd runner-up to Miss Virginia USA

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Bringing joy to young girls lives and showing them the true meaning of beauty.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
A greater sense of purpose for competing in pageants.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Snow White, I love animals :)  

What’s your spirit animal?
Giraffe. 

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Bottled water and veggies.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum.

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HBBQ:LILLIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
Being able to see all of the already princesses and princes getting ready for the show.

Occupation:
High School Senior and HBBQ of course.

Former title:
Princess of Hope 2006 or Teen Miss Columbus Stars and Stripes 2012

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means to me that these children and their families can see how bright their child shines on stage and throughout their life because of the hope that they have inside them.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained from these pageants, one, an opportunity for myself to come out of the shell I used to hide in and two, the chance to help other kids who fel the same way come out of their shells too.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Sleeping beauty, because I really like to sleep and because she finds love in the most unexpected place.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Birthday Cake

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be a clinical child psychologist for a childrens hospital

What’s your spirit animal?
I would be a giraffe

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HBBQ:DAKOTA

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
I had a family who has continued to contact me and I have enjoyed staying in touch with. You meet life time friends all becuase of a good cause. Its defintiely my favorite to really bond with the kids!

Occupation:
I am a Commission Specialist at Transamerica

Former title:
Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained so many memories, I have had such a wonderful time meeting new people and being able to help with such a great cause!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, cheese, water, and a lot of left overs that I never eat!!!

What’s your spirit animal?
Squirrel…. I think they are just the cutest things!

Who would be your celebrity husband?
CHANNING TATUM!!! HE WILL BE MY HUSBAND SOMEDAY!!! ;) !

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to be able to snap my fingers and be anywhere in an instant. Im not a very patient person, so this would soo be the best super power!!

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HBBQ: ARIEL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
For the DC USO Pageant of Hope, listening to the girls stories of their parents being deployed and how much they missed having them home was something that will stick with me forever.

Occupation:
Healthcare Administrator in Plastic Surgery

Former title:
Miss Teen Arizona World 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
It is a pathway to give these little girls and boys the chance to be proud of themselves. They have all gone through tough times, so to see them smiling and laughing while gaining more self confidence and letting lose is wonderful.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

Biggest pet peeve and why?
I cannot stand it when people (or things) make repetitive noises, especially when high pitched or off-key. My brother used to make these noises so frequently that it stuck with me as a pet peeve.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a former Pannist, meaning I played the steel drums! I was trained to play 6 out of the 14 different instruments in the pan family. I am also a classically trained Pianist.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Gene Kelly…or Fred Astaire

What do you want to do when you grow up? 
I want to obtain my medical degree and be the CEO of a hospital

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HBBQ: ANNE ELISE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
My favorite memory is from the Mobile pageant in 2012 where I met a precious little girl named Alexis.  Alexis had such excitement and joy throughout the weekend and never stopped smiling.  I was fortunate enough to walk with her during the pageant.  I’ll never forget waiting back stage as we were about to walk out.  She sparkled as she could not wait to get on stage and strut her stuff.  She was crowned with one of the top awards, and I’ll never forget how thrilled she was.

Occupation:
Meteorologist

Former title:
Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2007

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
Pageant of Hope means putting things into perspective.  Every event I’ve helped with has been life-changing because it stops me in my tracks and makes me consider what is truly important.  I go in hoping to touch these children in some small way and leave having been blessed ten-fold.  They’re ability to smile, laugh, and enjoy their lives regardless of their circumstances is inspiring.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained the opportunity to participate with future Pageant’s of Hope, letting the children experience the joy and excitement of being center stage, along with the satisfaction that we have made a difference in these children’s lives.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
Most definitely Belle!  I would be Belle because she is intelligent, tender-hearted, beautiful, and she sees the best in people.  She’s even able to melt the heart of the mean, cold-hearted Beast and turn him into her warm, loving prince.

If you could have any song playing behind a video montage of your life’s happiest moments, what would it be?
Either Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” or U2’s song “Beautiful Day”

Skittles or M&Ms?
This is a tough one but I have to go with the chocolate option, so M&Ms it is!  So many yummy kinds: it’s a toss up between plain, pretzel, and peanut butter M&Ms.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Channing Tatum of course!  And we would do lots of dancing together

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HBBQ: JAMIE

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When Alexis from the Alabama Pageant of Hope grabbed the microphone and told us volunteers that that was the best day of her life. That really warmed my heart and has been the real reason why I keep coming back to every Pageant of Hope.

Occupation:
high school senior

Former title:
USA National Jr. Teen 2011

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means making children who are less fortunate than me, go through the same experience I go through being in pageants. Every person deserves to be pampered and put in the spotlight and to be treated like a Prince or Princess.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained memories to last forever and friends I will have the rest of my life. Also I have gained more of a want to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate. I will cherish this experience forever and hope to continue doing this with Jena.

If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
I would be Cinderella because she goes from rags to riches but stays the beautiful person she is from the inside and out.

Dream travel destination and why?
My dream is to take a European cruise. Ive never been to Europe and Ive never been on a cruise. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Ever since I can remember, I have been extremely flexible and have been able to put my leg beside my head while standing of the other foot. That’s why I am a cheerleader!!!

What football team do you Support?
Definitely the GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!!!

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HBBQ: ABIGAIL

Favorite memory from a Past Pageant of Hope?
When the children from the Pageant of Hope in Washington talked about their parents deployment, it touched my heart and allowed me to realize how blessed we are to have people fighting for our freedom.

Occupation:
Student/Model

Former title:
Miss East Georgia

What does the Pageant of Hope mean to you?
The Pageant of Hope means children forgetting any challenge that they face throughout the day, it allows them to feel how special each of them are and to understand that they are kings and queens every day in life.

What have you gained from the Pageant of Hope?
I have gained friendships that will last forever, memories that will never fade, and the importance of understanding how blessed I am for everything I have.

Who would be your celebrity husband?
Matthew McConaughy

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Sherbert, because it’s colorful.. like me!

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be the next Erin Andrews, the one who showed the boys that girls can do anything they can do.. and way better!