NBC’s “This Is Us Star” to attend the 8th Annual Prom

NBC’s “This Is Us Star” to attend the 8th Annual Prom

Jermel Nakia, who plays Young William on NBC’s hit show “This is Us,” flew from Los Angeles to give back to the students at the tux fitting. He is also returning this weekend to help host the event on May 20. We are grateful for special guests like Jermel, who look for ways to give to a cause bigger than themselves, and bring media attention and sponsorships to the Evening of Dreams Special Needs Prom.  You can view his interaction with our guests from a KCRA news highlight clip:  http://www.kcra.com/article/sacramento-students-get-prom-help-from-this-is-us-star/9562989 You won’t want to miss seeing behind-the-scenes clips of the event on Facebook Live, Snapchat, and our Instagram accounts.  A special THANK YOU to Jermel for making this weekend extra-special. ...
Athletic directors, principals and coaches are happy to lend their time, services and athletes for such a great cause.

Athletic directors, principals and coaches are happy to lend their time, services and athletes for such a great cause.

On Saturday, May 16 — after most of the year’s athletic events were memories — more than 450 volunteers, including athletes, cheerleaders and coaches, helped make dreams come true on a scale far more impactful than any game-winning touchdown pass. The Capital Christian Center saw scores of local athletes escorting 258 special needs guests to an extraordinary experience at the 6th Annual Evening of Dreams. The prom was founded and is still directed by Michelle Raby to reach out to the special needs community with a red carpet event for teens and young adults with disabilities. The goal was to create a prom experience complete with limousines, formal pictures, music and refreshments with the ability to provide for a variety of special needs. The event, which started in 2010 with 64 special needs guests and 178 volunteers, has seen its profile rise. The Evening of Dreams attracted stars like Folsom’s Jake Browning, Capital Christian’s Justice Shelton-Mosley and Paige Florio, and Oak Ridge’s Laurel Maunder and Ryan Sullivan as 42 local high schools and 22 colleges (including athletes returning from as far away as Ole Miss) were represented.   “The atmosphere that is created is amazing and it allows you to step into a comfort zone where you can be yourself and just laugh and dance around,” said Mosley, who attended for the first time in 2015. “My goal in life is to serve and give back, and it was a very humbling experience.” To read more Read More:...
Teen Talk: Prom with teens with Special Needs bring out the best!

Teen Talk: Prom with teens with Special Needs bring out the best!

The night was not about charity nor was it about parents forcing their teenagers to go. One peek at the excitement, the smiles and the laughter in the room and you knew that the teenagers chose to be there and it was a night they would never forget. In one word, the night represents joy. This year, 248 special-needs guests were paired up with teenage escorts for an evening that included food, dancing and a photo booth. There were more teenage escorts ready to volunteer than there were guests. Some teenagers doubled up as dates and others went to the dance alone to just be a part of the event. No teenagers complained, no one acted upset or angry, and no one let any disappointment ruin the evening. The teenagers, happy to be there and happy to be making others happy, shined that night. Read more here:...
Provision in the Form of Pizza and Chicken!

Provision in the Form of Pizza and Chicken!

Blessings came in the form of 1,600 pieces of chicken and 480 slices of pizza this past Thursday when Michelle Raby, (our founder) and Abbie Hartsell (her PIC- Partner In Crime) went out to begin asking for donations for this year’s Evening of Dreams dinner.  Now you may be wondering why we went to Chick-fil-a and Little Caesars when every year we work so hard to bring a fancy dinner to our guests, well as it turns out, that’s not what the guests want!  We asked our parents and students last year for feedback on the prom and almost every one of them said how amazing everything was, but that maybe we could scale back on the meal.  “It’s a really special event for my daughter, but her two favorite foods are chicken fingers and pizza! Maybe you guys could go with a meal like that in the future?”  We took that request and the countless others that were like it and set out to get the best chicken and pizza that we could find! Stop Number 1: First stop of the day was to visit the Chick-fil-a at Arden Fair.  We walked in the door with donation letter in hand and asked to speak to a manager. After a short conversation with the manager, we were quickly introduced to the store OWNER, Joshua Paul, who loved what we are doing with Evening of Dreams and was willing to donate whatever we needed!  We asked for chicken nuggets to feed everyone, and he said YES! We are getting 1,600 chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-a and Josh even said that the...

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