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Evening of Dreams 2011
Evening of Dreams 2011

The Evening of Dreams Prom is a red carpet gala in Sacramento serving teens and young adults with disabilities and special needs, complete with formal wear, photographers and dancing.   Guest with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and other mental and physical challenges dance the evening away with area high school athletes and student leaders.

“Evening of Dreams is an exclusive one of a kind event where students with special needs are served as the kings and queens of prom where they experience their dreams,” said Michelle Purcell, prom founder. Each guest is asked at registration to list their dreams for the evening, and according to event organizers, most are able to be reached. “Our guests have dreams of walking a red carpet, being crowned queen/king, or attending with a star athlete.  Meeting dreams is doable.  Some dream of dancing to their favorite Justin Bieber song in a big circle of friends,” said Purcell.  Purcell continued, “We were amazed at the area businesses that wanted to help fulfill the dreams.”

Many teens and young adults face tough times in prom season because they don’t feel a high school prom is feasible.  Parents often fear that the environment will be too overwhelming or that their student won’t feel accepted. “Someday my special needs daughter will want to go to prom.  I want to serve now to assure Evening of Dreams is thriving when she reaches that age,” said Yvonne Thomas, an event volunteer.

More than 300 volunteers work for a year in advance to solidify sponsors, vendors, and  help get the word out to the special needs community.

Evening of Dreams is Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 6-9pm, at Capital Christian High School’s Performing Arts Center.  For more information, contact Michelle Purcell at 916-225-5692 or visit online at www.eveningofdreams.com.