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Our Story

The Pageant of Hope™ aims to raise awareness and support in giving children and teenagers who face serious challenges the opportunity to shine and be celebrated for who they are. The main takeaway the participants receive is tremendous confidence, self-esteem, and appreciation of their own inner-beauty. The Pageant of Hope has been to 16 states as well as 6 international regions including Australia, Cape Town South Africa, Cuba, Nassau and already two cities in Jamaica, the most recent was in partnership with Digicel. 

Me and my team of former pageant winners, or “Has-Been Beauty Queens” (HBBQs), treat participants to an afternoon of pampering (which includes manicures, makeup, nails, hair accessories, walk and wave, and fun interview session). Then, each child has the opportunity to walk across the stage in the "spotlight" in front of their friends and relatives looking his or her best and feeling like a million dollars. Every participant is a winner and they all receive a special title such as best eyes, best hair, etc.  and a crown to wear.  Also two lucky contests receive the title of Prince of Hope and Princess of Hope. 

As President and CEO for 11 years of my charity, its been an honor to have received 10 national community service  awards and volunteer all over the world.  I am originally from Winder, GA where I graduated with honors, and attended college in Nashville for two years, and am currently residing in Los Angeles.  I have  been an actress now for 6 years, and truly believe in giving back.  It has been an honor to travel with my former queens touching so many lives across the states and internationally.  It is an event that’s very touching to the contestants as well as the volunteers. 

-Jena Sims