Beauty Queens Donate Their Crowns to Children at Vanderbilt Hospital

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The ‘Crowns for a Cause’ organization partners with the TN State Fair Pageants on September 19th for a Crown Ceremony to help beauty queens give back.

Girls across the state ages birth to 20 are gathering again at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants on September 19th to compete and show their support for ‘Crowns For a Cause’ by donating their crowns and raise money for the terminally ill children of the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Donated proceeds from all nineteen pageants will help ensure that every sick child can be crowned ‘Queen for a Day’ or ‘Hero for a Day’. Last year, over 100 girls across the state of Tennessee came dressed to compete and give back to this great cause including a new pageant for girls with moderate to severe disabilities held on Friday, September 18th. Although pageants will begin early in the day, the public is invited to also attend the Crowns for a Cause Ceremony at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 19th at the Sports Arena Building at the Nashville State Fairgrounds.

“This small act of kindness brings huge smiles to the faces of these sick children. I am always so proud of every girl that donates one, or more, of their crowns to help someone they may never meet,” says Pageant Director, Shan Burklow, “With the donated crowns from this event, little girls at Monroe Carrell will be crowned ‘Queen for a Day’ along with little boys being ‘Hero for a Day’ (receiving a firefighter’s helmet). In addition, we would like to raise enough money to purchase a Rated G DVD for every child. These sweet kids spend so much time in bed and cannot go outside and play like healthy children. Giving them a new movie can help to brighten their day. The Crowns for a Cause organization allows beauty queens of all ages contribute to their community and give back in various ways throughout the year including this event.”

Coming back for 2015 – Last year, the Tennessee State Fair added a pageant just for girls with moderate to severe disabilities. The Miss Sparkle Pageant, for Tennessee girls ages 4 to adult, is free to all participants on Friday evening September 18th at 6pm. This pageant is run entirely of community volunteers and local business sponsors along with Metro Parks Disabilities. Any donated proceeds received will support Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville.

When asked about the partnership with Metro Parks Disabilities, Burklow responded by saying, “When Metro Parks came to us with the idea of a pageant devoted entirely to girls with special needs, we were so excited. We just couldn’t imagine why it hadn’t occurred to us before now,” Burklow smiled, “All of our pageants are open to any Tennessee girl ages birth to twenty, and now, we have a pageant devoted to girls with special needs of any kind. This has been such a blessing to work with these wonderful girls. True beauty comes from the inside first, and we want to give every girl an opportunity to feel beautiful, and have a great time making new friends. The Tennessee State Fair Pageants give all of our contestants an opportunity to do just that!”

For more information on how you can contribute, volunteer or compete at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants, go to or contact them on FaceBook at Tennessee State Fair Pageants.

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Pageant Director – Shan Burklow, please call or text 615-594-2792 or email Shan at

Pictures attached:

Queen For Day Recipient:
Donations and crowns received will help sick little girls and boys be ‘queen for a day’ and ‘hero for a day’ at Monroe Carrell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Miss Sparkle Winners:
Last year’s winning contestants of the Miss Sparkle Pageant proudly show off their crowns. This special needs pageant is coming Friday, September 18, 2015 to the Tennessee State Fair and is free to any girl age 4 to adult with moderate to severe disabilities. Every contestant will receive a mini-tiara for competing. Contact Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville for information.

Crowns For Cause Ceremony:
2014 Contestants gathered at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants to compete and donate their crowns to the children of Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

Crown Donations: Queen Sadie Prater:
Crowns for a Cause Queen Sadie Prater holds one of eighty-five crowns donated for hospitalized girls to be queen for a day during last year’s pageants at the Tennessee State Fair.

All press and news media are invited to come and cover either of the ceremonies:

Miss Sparkle Pageant for girls with disabilities
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:00pm (Girls ages 4 to Adult)
Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building

TN State Fair Crowns for a Cause Ceremony
Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:00pm
Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building