Pageant of Hope

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

This Article has 15 Comments

  1. My son Zachary does not get to go a lot of places and he had the best time at the pagent. Jena, the voluteers and all the Beauty Queens were absolutely wonderful! This is a great experience and wonderful event for both the families and the kids. Thank you to everyone with HBBQ and Everyday Health who made this an absolutely wonderful experience for my son and myself.. You ALL are truly wonderful!!

  2. My name is Zachary and I am 5 years old. I loved the pagent and all the girls! I also loved to talk into the microphone. I won Sparkliest Personality and had a wonderful time. Thank you to everyone for giving me a special day. I love you all!

  3. Fentris Lane says:

    Jena,

    Your doing big things! Keep up the gr8 work!

  4. Robin says:

    Jena – The world is such a remarkably better place because you are in it. You have beauty, brains and “THE IT” factor and you take NONE of those things for granted. Watching you over the years, be selfless and giving to others has been an incredible honor. Assisting you in the journey to do so has been an amazing privilege. Great things are in store for you in this world, but even greater things are in store for the world, because of youo. I know that your heart will remain giving and caring. Continue to be the change you want to see in the world! Sara and I love you and we are SO PROUD of you!

    Miss Robin

  5. Hi Jena!

    It has been such a pleasure watching you grow up and accomplish so much already! Keep up the good work and know that you have MANY fans all over the world watching to see what fun things and needed hope that is full filled just with you being a part of it.

    I am glad to know both your Mom and you Jena! I look forward to keeping up with your continuing exploits!

    Lamar!

  6. Hello Jena,

    Keep doing all the wonderful amazing work by keeping your HBBQ dream alive. Helping others to feel better about life isn’t always easy. However, your cause has put a lot of smiles on the faces that will stay with the family and them forever. Keep it up girl and never forget who you are inside and out. Always let your kindness shine bright in the name of mankind. Never stop being all you can be. As I always say: “Do what you love and always love what you do.” By doing so it will always be a Win Win.

    Peace, happiness, joy, hope, and love out to you and yours.

    All my best,

    Johnny Outrageous

    • Zeynep says:

      My son Zachary does not get to go a lot of places and he had the best time at the pnaget. Jena, the voluteers and all the Beauty Queens were absolutely wonderful! This is a great experience and wonderful event for both the families and the kids. Thank you to everyone with HBBQ and Everyday Health who made this an absolutely wonderful experience for my son and myself.. You ALL are truly wonderful!!

  7. AmazingKids says:

    Jena, you continue to be an inspiration and shining role model for our kids! It is a joy to be able to follow your successes and your continued charity work, first as one of our past “Amazing Kids! of the Month”, and now, as an “Amazing Adult.” Keep up the AMAZING work! With love and hugs, Miss Alyse :-)

    • Fiiet says:

      Jena The world is such a remarkably tbeter place because you are in it. You have beauty, brains and THE IT factor and you take NONE of those things for granted. Watching you over the years, be selfless and giving to others has been an incredible honor. Assisting you in the journey to do so has been an amazing privilege. Great things are in store for you in this world, but even greater things are in store for the world, because of youo. I know that your heart will remain giving and caring. Continue to be the change you want to see in the world! Sara and I love you and we are SO PROUD of you!Miss Robin

  8. Sai says:

    Jena,

    I’m so proud of you for all that you are accomplishing and making us GA folks proud of you out west:) Keep up the great work and hope to see you over the Christmas Holiday Season.

    Love,

    Sai

  9. CNCBEIER says:

    Thank you for taking part in the Arkansas Angels Pageant! It was so nice to meet you!! you are truly a wonderful person!!

  10. Kimmy says:

    Jena, you are doing some very amazing things! When can we can your episode for Everyday Health? Keep up the awesome job you’re doing! Much Love :)

  11. Jena, the work you do is so inspiring. It is so good to see the faces of these young girls. They truly know that people out there love them. Their lives matter. Anyone can see, how your participation in this project is a blessing to so many people. My hope for you is that the rewards are returned to you a hundred times over. I hope you inspire many more people to reach out and share some love in this very needy world. God bless, Tim

  12. Gracie says:

    Hi, I would very much like for my daughter to participate, She is 10 yrs old and has Leukemia and has been battling it since 2008. Please send me more info.
    Thanks, Gracie

  13. Hello Jena,
    My name is Wannessa, I live in Brazil and met her site today.
    I saw how much you are dedicated to helping people would like to congratulate you for this great initiative. I really want to work with an organization like that. View your site, its history, photos, your way of working only further encouraged me to invest it. Today you have become an inspiration.
    One day I hope to meet this work closely.
    I would like here in Brazil there was an organization like this …. is it possible to bring it here?
    If possible I would like to know what is required for this event happen here … I await answers!
    God bless you, kisses!


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