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...
Oak Ridge High School Reaches Out

Oak Ridge High School Reaches Out

Evening of Dreams is more than just a prom, it is place where communities come together and the lives of everyone who is involved are changed.  This is exactly what happened when Oak Ridge High School, specifically their athletic program, decided to get involved with Evening of Dreams.  It all started with one woman who heard about the prom from her daughter and then she took it to her son’s football coach and the rest is  history! Last year we had 120 students from Oak Ridge come and volunteer at Evening of Dreams and I think it’s safe to say that they were impacted by the night just as much as our guests were.  Today we had the chance to talk to a few of our escorts from last year and hear about how the night was to them. Yasmin is a cheerleader at ORHS and she has a special connection to Evening of Dreams because she has a sister, Yesenia, who is autistic.  Yasmin says she loves music, soda, and the Old Spaghetti Factory just like everyone else, the only difference is that Yesenia likes to stick to what she knows – a schedule.  Sometimes when Yesenia’s schedule gets out of order Yasmin has to change her plans to help her parents out, but she’s always willing to do so. Yasmin loves her sister and when we asked her if Evening of Dreams helped to raise awareness of autism to the students at ORHS she said, “I know one of my friends who came didn’t know anything about special needs, but now she has a heart for them-...

A New Day and A New Blog

Hi Everyone! I want to take a moment and welcome you to the  Evening of Dreams blog! This is going to be an outlet to share your thoughts, comments and stories about what Evening of Dreams has meant to you and your family over the past 5 years.  This is a blog that is for YOU!  It’s for the mother struggling through the day-to-day with her son who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.  It’s for the student who’s sister is getting picked on daily because of her Down Syndrome.  It’s for the high school quarter back that had his entire perspective changed on what autism is and how it affects people because of one night. One night that brings joy. One night that changes lives. One night that has transformed a community. One night that is an Evening of...

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