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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Dianne Garvis

Dianne Garvis provides children with disabilities, cancer patients, elderly, hospital patients, and more, with their own special Cinderella moment.

If there was a Guinness World Record for the person who has purchased the most tiaras, Clermont’s Dianne Garvis would probably win. She has purchased nearly 4,000 (and counting) pretty crowns as the founder of Tiaras of Hope, all part of her mission to provide others with a little joy and inspiration.

Dianne remembers the thrill of being crowned with a tiara. At age 23, she was Miss Montverde and represented Florida in Nashville; she later wore the tiara as Mrs. Central Florida, and she represented the Sunshine State at the 2016 American Dream National Pageant and was crowned Mrs. Elite American Dream. 

Tiaras of Hope has a team of 22 ambassadors around the U.S., U.K., and Canada, who provide special coronations and deliver messages of hope to those battling life altering and life-threatening illnesses.

The crowning moments often generate tears and smiles. 

“We are simply a group of individuals who believe that in one’s darkest hour, if someone speaks hope it can make a real difference,” says Dianne, recalling the scripture Isaiah 61:3 gave her comfort when she was grieving her father’s death. The scripture also became catalyst in starting Tiaras of Hope.  

“It tells us God will trade our ashes for a crown of beauty, and it was something that just came to my heart and my mind,” Dianne says. “God promises to trade our ashes for a crown of beauty, and even though we feel shattered now, he will pick up every piece of glass and make us stronger and more beautiful than before.’”

Her first crowning took place at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee. She also has taken tiaras to numerous children’s hospitals, including St. Jude’s, and she delights in giving “tiaras of honor” to elderly in nursing homes and patients of Cornerstone Hospice.

“We literally could be sharing tiaras of hope and honor, 24 hours a day around the world,” says Dianne, who would love to have more ambassadors. 

In May 2021, Cornerstone Christian University in Orlando presented Dianne with an honorary doctorate of humanities for her work. And she recently appeared on the “700 Club,” sharing her story about losing her voice, how if affected her ministry, and how through prayer, got it back, thankfully, since Dianne is also a gifted singer and founder of the Good Neighbor Program, an organization that helps people with various needs. 

Dianne lives her motto: “No day should ever be about me; rather how can I be a blessing to one person each day.” 

About the Author

Originally from Anderson, Ind., Theresa worked for The Herald-Bulletin for many years. After experiencing a winter with 53 inches of snow, her late husband asked her to get a job in Florida, and they headed south. Well known in the area, Theresa worked with The Daily Sun and The Daily Commercial prior to joining Akers. “I finally have my dream job. I’ve wanted to work for a magazine since I was a teenager, and I’m very excited to be here,” Theresa says. “There is such positive energy at Akers that it’s infectious.” Theresa has three grown daughters—Julia lives in San Francisco, Emily is in Seattle, and Maria in Orlando.

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