Lions Beauty Queens, Inc.
PO Box 6425
Lee’s Summit MO 64064
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 500-7055
Mission Statement
The mission of the Lion’s Beauty Queens is to reach, empower, and provide hope and restoration for women in the sex industry and at risk of human trafficking by offering authentic love, faith-based support, and community resources.
 
In 2004, the US Department of Justice found 70 percent of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry. Victims of sex trafficking can thus be found forced and coerced to live and perform in porn films, massage parlors, and strip clubs. Melissa Farley, author of “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: an update on violence and PTSD,” discovered that 89 percent of women in the sex industry said they wanted out, but they had no means to do so. Part of this is due to the pimps and managers who control all aspects of their lives. Other reasons are due to the chains of alcohol and drugs which are used to cope with their reality. While women in the sex industry are not the only individuals who use drugs, their existence within that reality greatly increases their odds of using illegal substances which leads to the increased chance of permanent damage and death.
 
This is not a new problem to our home in the Greater Kansas City area. In 2013, a study conducted by the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention at Arizona State University monitored responses to sex advertisements in 15 cities over the United States. Within a span of two weeks, 106,624 Kansas City men responded to online sex ads causing Kansas City to have the second highest response out of the 15 cities monitored. Men were able to order women as if they were ordering pizza.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Board Chair Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lions Beauty Queens
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Lion’s Beauty Queens is to reach, empower, and provide hope and restoration for women in the sex industry and at risk of human trafficking by offering authentic love, faith-based support, and community resources.
 
In 2004, the US Department of Justice found 70 percent of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry. Victims of sex trafficking can thus be found forced and coerced to live and perform in porn films, massage parlors, and strip clubs. Melissa Farley, author of “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: an update on violence and PTSD,” discovered that 89 percent of women in the sex industry said they wanted out, but they had no means to do so. Part of this is due to the pimps and managers who control all aspects of their lives. Other reasons are due to the chains of alcohol and drugs which are used to cope with their reality. While women in the sex industry are not the only individuals who use drugs, their existence within that reality greatly increases their odds of using illegal substances which leads to the increased chance of permanent damage and death.
 
This is not a new problem to our home in the Greater Kansas City area. In 2013, a study conducted by the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention at Arizona State University monitored responses to sex advertisements in 15 cities over the United States. Within a span of two weeks, 106,624 Kansas City men responded to online sex ads causing Kansas City to have the second highest response out of the 15 cities monitored. Men were able to order women as if they were ordering pizza.
Background Statement
Founder and current President of Lion’s Beauty Queens, Dana McCartney-Candillo, began this organization in August 2011. As a survivor of the commercial sex industry, Mrs. McCartney-Candillo understands the false path towards human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Yet, she also experienced the path out of this darkness and into a life of empowerment and betterment. Her life experiences fire her passion to reach out to women in similar circumstances in commercial sex industry sites specifically strip clubs.
For women who have been trafficked into the commercial sex industry, there are not only external obstacles preventing their escape, but there are also personal obstacles which make the transition out seem impossible. As Mrs. McCartney-Candillo explained, young women are often trafficked at a young age. They are told that they will be happy as they are surrounded by men who have a lot of money. However, the young women are left without ownership of themselves or their money. They lack the confidence and self-worth to choose anything different. To cope with this struggle and the daily wear of abuse, the majority of women turn towards alcohol and drugs which also ensnares them and limits hope of anything different. Finally, since many women are trafficked into strip clubs, prostitution, and other coerced sexual lifestyles as minors, they lack the education and life-skills to live independently and successfully in mainstream society.
 
It is these struggles and more that Mrs. McCartney-Candillo addresses through Lion’s Beauty Queens. To combat the isolation and lack of self-worth, volunteers with Lion’s Beauty Queens meet each young woman where they are—in the strip clubs. They befriend them; they mentor them. They let them know that they are not alone, and they invite them to opportunities to learn tools and skills that empower them to a more productive, self-worthy lifestyle. Lion’s Beauty Queens also meets the physical needs of the women they serve by providing monthly gifts of hygiene products and lotions, beauty products including perfume and nail products, clothing items, pregnancy tests and kits, and brochures for suicide and STI/HIV prevention.
Impact Statement To date, Lion’s Beauty Queens are present in 22 clubs and provide monthly gifts to approximately 300 individuals. Over the holidays, they provide between 450 to 500 gifts bags. In each active site, they also build relationships with the managers, so that they can also post sex trafficking hotline posters and brochures to both help the women employed there and to deter lurking pimps. There are currently no other organizations in the Greater Kansas City area that provides assistance to women directly at strip clubs and at-risk sites. Lion’s Beauty Clubs does partner with other agencies to find safe places and assistance once a woman does leave the sex industry, but Lion’s Beauty Queens certainly provides a unique and critical role within the Greater Kansas City area and the battle against human trafficking in our community.
Needs Statement
Top 5 needs for Lion’s Beauty Queens are:
  1. Administration expenses
  2. Transportation -- company vehicle to assist in transporting women to support groups and for staff/volunteers to meet with young women during monthly outreaches.
  3. Financial support for gift bag supplies. Lion’s Beauty Queens is able to buy personal and beauty supplies in bulk at a discounted rate. These items are distributed to the young women at the strip club sites.
  4. Roses – each young woman receives a rose with her gift bag to remind her she is worthy and valuable.
  5. An assistant to provide support to daily and monthly needs of this organization.
Service Categories
Victims' Services
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I was born to a teenage mother and raised by my grandmother until the age of 7. After that, I lived in a life full of chaos, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, poverty, and constant uncertainty.
 
When I was 15, I was approached to be a “model” and told how pretty and smart I was. I absorbed the attention and believed it to be love. I started in beauty and bikini contests but steadily led into trafficking through a tanning salon into the world of dancing. I drank and partied in order to cope. By 21, I had a one-year-old and had been abandoned by her father. I danced for 7 ½ years because as a single mother, I felt trapped to provide for us but had no education and nowhere to turn.
 
At the age of 24, I found salvation in God through a supportive community at church. I thought I had done too much wrong and was too bad to be saved. But I found love; I learned I was worthy. Since then, I have never looked back. I went back to college and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and my RN licensure.
 
Now, I work towards providing that ray of hope to others. It is my time to give back and share with women the greatness of God and plant seeds that they may discover a healthier and happier way of life. While it is still difficult to share my path, I invite you to join the journey to expose the hidden evil and extend grace and hope to women who believe they are not worthy. Join with me to extend a hand to the lost, so they can learn they are found.
 
In His service,
Dana
Programs
Description
Lion’s Beauty Queens focuses on the holistic needs of women who are living in the gateway of human trafficking. Through their monthly outreaches, Lion’s Beauty Queens provides tangible items, life-saving resources, and loving relationships to an at-risk population. These outreaches occur at the strip clubs where clients are employed.
 
On a single outreach event, gift bags and roses are distributed. Each month has a theme, so that different needs are met including health, hygiene, beauty, and personal safety. Every visit is approved by the manager of the club, and managers are included in the effort to protect the vulnerable women from trafficking predators and pimps.
 
Dream boards are also created within dressing rooms to empower young women that they are capable and worthy of more than what their physical bodies can offer other people. Resources are also posted for economic assistance, housing assistance, and domestic violence hotlines.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Females
Short-Term Success Short-term successes are visible through the change in clients’ demeanor and interaction during the monthly outreaches and meetings. Women, who can at first be skeptical, are receptive to positive, relationships. They accept resources, and they reach out for help.
Long-Term Success
Long term success can be difficult to measure considering the population is more transient. Women shift between clubs and cities as the profession demands.
 
Lion’s Beauty Queens, therefore, measures long-term success by the relationships that are built. Through those relationships, Lion’s Beauty Queens can provide resources and track how those resources are used. There is success each time a young woman utilizes community resources to better her life and aids in her movement away from human trafficking traps.
Program Success Monitored By
The first measure of success is each time Lion’s Beauty Queens is allowed and able to walk through the doors of each strip club each month. Management’s participation has also been a significant sign of success.
 
Other marks of the success, like our long-term goals, are difficult to measure because of the transient population served. Lion’s Beauty Queens has witnessed women leaving the strip club lifestyle, but it is always the choice of the woman to accept help and take steps towards a different life. It is not easy. Therefore, Lion’s Beauty Queens monitors its success through relationships built and maintained and through empowerment and education given.
Examples of Program Success
Two success stories are about Sarah* and Becca* (*names changed).
 
In early 2017, Sarah left the strip club industry. She utilized the resources given and posted by Lion’s Beauty Queens. She found transitional housing for herself and her family. Sarah is maintaining a healthy, life-giving job, and she has attended support groups held by Lion’s Beauty Queens. In fact, she also brings her sister to Lion’s Beauty Queens gatherings, so she can also benefit from loving relationships with others and receive vital resources.
 
Lion’s Beauty Queens met Becca when she was a dancer at a strip club. Becca has been free from the strip club scene for about three years. In that time, she has earned her bachelor’s degree. She has maintained a strong relationship with Lion’s Beauty Queens over the years, and she has started giving back by being a support and resource for women at the support groups hosted by Lion’s Beauty Queens.
Description
Outside of the strip clubs, Lion’s Beauty Queens hosts support groups for all women who are currently affected or have been affected by the sex industry- specifically the strip club industry. All of the women who receive the monthly gift bags are invited to attend. Childcare is provided, so there are no hindrances to their attending. The support group meetings also offer opportunities to gain life-skills and interview tips.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Females
Short-Term Success Short-term success for our support groups is regular attendance. While everyone is welcome no matter the number of times they attend, Lion’s Beauty Queens recognizes that regular attendance is enable relationships to become stronger and encourage women to endure the difficult transition out of the strip club industry.
Long-Term Success
Long-term success for our support groups is similar to our monthly outreaches and mission. Lion’s Beauty Queens seeks to empower and educate women. When clients begin to understand their worth and utilize community resources, success has occurred.
Program Success Monitored By Lion’s Beauty Queens knows the support groups are successful by the growth of the groups. We also recognize success in that past clients are now becoming volunteers.
Examples of Program Success Sarah’s* (name changed) success continue as she has rooted herself in a church community who supports her and her family. Sarah also regularly attends support groups to continue to expand her skills, so that she can support her family outside of the sex industry. It has not been an easy road for her because she has four children to raise, but her regular attendance is a sign of success in her drive and determination. Lion’s Beauty Queens is so happy to continue to love and empower her to further greatness.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Term Start Jan 2012
Experience
Dana McCartney-Candillo, RN is a survivor of the commercial sex industry. Mrs. McCartney-Candillo understands the false path towards human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Yet, she also experienced the path out of this darkness and into a life of empowerment and betterment. Her life experiences fire her passion to reach out to women in similar circumstances in commercial sex industry sites specifically strip clubs. Mrs. McCartney-Candillo, RN is an ordained minister and registered nurse.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Company Affiliation Lions Beauty Queens
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Richard Candillo
Mr. Dan Cotterman
Ms. Brenda Lax
Pastor Kelly LohrkePraise Chapel Christian Fellowship
Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RNLions Beauty Queens
Pastor Jon PurkeyNexus Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $35,000
Projected Expenses $35,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$43,300$30,660$31,393
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.120.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,132$5,540$7,469
Current Assets$3,132$5,540$1,147
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,147$1,462$5,629
Total Net Assets($5,015)$4,078$1,840
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.383.790.20
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Lions Beauty Queens, Inc.
Address PO Box 6425
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Primary Phone (816) 500-7055
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Board Chair Ms. Dana McCartney-Candillo RN
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lions Beauty Queens
Year of Incorporation 2012