Hanna's 2019 Pageant of Hope Speech
Good Evening Everyone,
My name is Hanna Lynn Maslowski and I am so excited to welcome you to our 10th Annual Pageant of Hope!
Tonight we celebrate a milestone for the Pageant but more importantly, we honor the 50 young ladies who will bless this stage. These Princesses are nothing short of amazing. Each one of these girls has overcome so much and tonight you will see their true grace and beauty.
I want to thank all the parents, families, friends, volunteers, and sponsors for believing in the Pageant of Hope and supporting us for the past 10 years. We needed all of you to trust in our journey and because you did, we made dreams come true.
So please sit back, relax and enjoy the 2019 Pageant of Hope.
Thank you again, and I love you all!
Hanna Lynn Maslowski
Inspiration for the Pageant of Hope
Hanna has Cerebral Palsy being born 8 weeks pre-mature. She has endured many surgeries and challenges but does so with such grace. Hanna's road has not been easy, however, you would never know it when seeing her contagious smile and positive attitude.
Hanna was crowned the "2009 Minnesota Miss You Can Do It" and went on to the National Competition where Hanna was crowned "2009 National Miss You Can Do It Runner-up". While the pageants she participated in brought her to a new level of confidence, motivation, and determination, it also inspired Hanna to create the non-profit organization Pageant of Hope. In March of 2010 the first annual "Pageant of Hope" evolved with 28 princesses and over 300 guests.
Hanna's goal is to have each Princess leave their year-long journey with empowerment and confidence to approach every day with a new independence. Hanna gives them the inspiration to keep trying.
Hanna volunteers and raises money for many organizations such as Wishes & More, Gillette Children's Hospital, Safe Families for Children, Eagle Brook Church, and of course the Pageant of Hope.
Hanna was the recipient of the "Outstanding Person with Developmental Challenges" award by the Minnesota Women of Today. Hanna was also awarded the "Commodores Award" from the Minneapolis Aquatennial as well as the "Allina Health Systems Rehabilitation Patient of the Year" award from Allina Health Systems.
Hanna enjoys baking in her custom kitchen, coordinating bake sales, camping, spending time with family, playing games, and traveling. Her love for life is inspiring and her smile is infectious. She sets her goals high and works so hard to achieve them.
Hanna truly exemplifies how challenges and disabilities can be a catalyst to amazing opportunities and experiences, if you follow your dreams!