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Welcome to Evening of Dreams . . .

Where we love to make dreams come true! If you are someone with special needs or if you know a loved one that would love to be a VIP guest to our red carpet event, Evening of Dreams was created to help teens and young adults with disabilities feel like royalty. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated like a king and queen and feel special, and we like to make that happen every year.

Or maybe you feel drawn to the special needs community and want to see them have the time of their lives on a night dedicated to them. There are many ways for you to get involved, whether you would like to donate, volunteer, or just simply spread the word! Evening of Dreams is a vision that will have lasting impact for years and years to come! There is a place for you!

Michelle Raby, Founder of EOD

WHO WE ARE

Our goal is to reach out to the special needs community in a tangible way and to bring inclusion to teens and young adults with disabilities.

WHAT WE DO

Our Prom is a red carpet event for teens and young adults with disabilities who are escorted by area athletes and student leaders, complete with photographers, dinner and dancing. 

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Evening of Dreams wouldn’t be possible without our faithful donors and all contributions that support this event.  Please CLICK HERE to consider making a  make a tax-deductible financial donation. 

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New Dresses and a New Friend

Today Michelle and I had the opportunity to go out to Rocklin and make a new friend while getting an awesome dress donation for Evening of Dreams!

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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... read more

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-... read more

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