Prom has come and gone. Finals are over and summer is in full swing. But, it is my hope that the memories of a fairy tale prom will be forever etched into the minds of Yocasta and Courtney.
It was a true story of community coming together…from the coffee date where a small idea began to blossom, to engaging the help of Eckerd Raising Hope in identifying girls in need, to the generous gift of dresses and shoes from a personal donor, on to the beauty services provided by local businesses. As Michelle and I say, “it was truly a God thing” that put us together to begin this event.
When I reflect back on the entire journey, there are a few things that stand out in my mind. I am amazed by the spirit of joy and giving that I saw in each person that was a part of this event. They gave of their time and talent and thanked us for inviting them to participate?? I didn’t get it at first…but when I think back on the feelings I had each time one of the girls reached out to me with an idea for their make up style or a question or thought, I get it. Knowing that you are making someone smile or feel happy is the best feeling in the world! When I think about the lesson I want my children to learn, it is simple… When (not if) you have an opportunity to make a positive impact in someone's life – seize it!
I am thankful for new friendships with Christine Holtje, Adrienne Drew and especially with Michelle Burtch (owner of Canvas Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL). Her kindness and compassion inspire me everyday! I look forward to doing this event again, growing it and helping more girls in the years to come. I’m so glad God put us together and I feel blessed to call you all friends.
Thank you to Pure Natural Nail Lounge for the spa afternoon complete with pedicures and manicures
Thank you to Corine Potter – Corine’s Cosmetics for the glamorous custom make up!
Many thanks to the fabulous team at Salon Number 9 for the use of the salon and the beautiful hair styling done by your talented stylists!
The whole "fairy tale prom" experience has reminded me just how simple it can be to make a difference in someone's life. Shouldn't our ultimate goal should always be to make someone smile?