Dreaming of prom
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Among the dozens of women purchasing a dress at the annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak was Brittney Clause, a Dream Come True recipient. Because the sale benefited Dream Come True, Clause was eager to support the sale and happy for a chance to find a formal dress at a greatly reduced price. Clause is a senior at Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.
This year's Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak had a special guest a Dream Come True recipient, who like many others was in search for the perfect dress for her senior prom. Brittney Clause, a senior at Carbon Career and Technical Institute, was invited into the sale before the crowds arrived to look around and try on dresses.
Dream Come True is a nonprofit organization that works to fulfill the dreams of children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill and live in the greater Lehigh Valley. Clause was born with cerebral palsy and had a wish granted in 2005, when she asked to meet Hilary Duff and Joe Madison.
While Clause has difficulty walking, she stood and looked into the mirror happily as she tried on dresses that were her size.
She was pleased with her dress selection and a chance to save money on her prom dress but more importantly, was happy to support another child's dream and take part in a Dream Come True event.
"I'm a Dream Come True kid, so I support them. They're really good people," she said. "Dream Come True is like a family. Once you're in, you stay in. You're never left out."
She was impressed with the selection of dresses and found several options to choose from, but didn't want to reveal her final choice until prom night.
"It was really well organized. I didn't expect to see so many dresses," she added.
"People were really going out of their way to help you find dresses and see that they fit. It was a great experience."