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DAVIS, Calif. - By partnering with local non-profit organization Evening of Dreams during prom season, UC Davis football ensured that local high school students with special needs also enjoyed this yearly tradition. Capital Christian Center hosted the ninth-annual event, an opportunity enjoyed by more than 200 individuals.
“With UC Davis football student-athletes here tonight to help, this has become a really awesome community event,” said pastor Rick Cole.
By serving as their dates for the night, the Aggies reached out to the special needs community to create a memorable night, in a tangible way to teens and your adults with disabilities.
This prom was founded, and is still directed by Michelle Raby, to reach out and provide a red carpet event for teens and young adults. The goal was to create a prom experience complete with limousines, formal pictures, music and refreshments to allow individuals of all abilities the chance to enjoy an unique, and unforgettable experience.
From the moment everyone arrived to Capital Christian Center and walked down the red carpet, smiles were seen from hundreds of volunteers, which included a large contingent of UC Davis football student-athletes, and the guests of honor who enjoyed an opportunity to enjoy a hair styling and makeup sessions, formal pictures, music, and a night for dinner and dancing.
Also in attendance that night was Marvel’s Runaways actress Virginia Gardner, a Sacramento native who showed her support by bestowing traditional honors to everyone in attendance.
"I’m here because I have a brother with autism, he actually came to this prom the first year they had it. This year, me and my castmate Rhenzy Feliz are crowning everyone prom king and queen for the night,” said Gardner.
“Hearing about what this prom means to (our guests) really touches us,” said Cole. "This event changes their world, and is something they look forward to each year.”