For Regal Majesty International Petite Queen, Ginny Burgess, growing up with a sister with medical needs has been a challenge. But despite multiple surgeries at Primary Children’s Hospital the family is stronger than ever in their support of each other. The girls even compete together in pageants. Maybe all of those challenges is why Ginny loves giving back so much.
Ginny was crowned International Petite Queen in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2017. She said “Regal Majesty is such an amazing system for so many reasons, but I love that it promotes community service.”
Ginny enjoys being able to spend time in the community serving others. This last month Ginny, age 9, hosted a charity pageant to raise money for her sister, Gema's State Regal fees and to raise money and collect toys for Primary Children's Hospital. For every contestant who entered she donated one toy to Primary Children's Hospital. What started out to be small town pageant, quickly became a Tri-County pageant.
The pageant had 3 main categories of competition:
Optional categories included photogenic, pajamas, and People's Choice.
Regal Majesty Utah Director, Lori Christensen, stepped in last minute as a judge when someone couldn’t make it. Overall the pageant ran fairly smoothly and the girls all had fun. Each contestant walked away with at least one crown and a smile on their face.
Primary panda is a program that stems from Ginny’s sister Gema’s love of panda bears. As a frequent patient at Primary Children's Hospital, after every surgery Gema was allowed to pick out one new toy to try and make her feel better. Most of the time she chose a new panda bear. When the girls know a friend or family member who also has surgery Gema always wants to get them a panda bear as well. We all understand that going to the hospital is hard and scary for a lot of kids and being able to provide a new toy, a stuffed animal to snuggle with after surgery or long stay, can make a child's time in the hospital more comfortable. Through the primary Panda program Ginny and Gema have raised over $1,200 in toys for Primary Children's Hospital this year.
Ginny is not just a pageant queen, she is sharing her title with her sister and her heart for others in giving back to Primary Children’s Hospital through pageantry. What an amazing platform!
Way to go Ginny. You prove that Big Hearts can come in Small Packages.
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