Joyce M. Johnson

Cinderella and Pocahontas were right at home in a land not too far, far away where famous princesses and evil queens could gather in Cuyahoga Falls to raise money for the needy in the community through the Dane Foundation.

The annual Pastries with the Princesses tea party was held Sunday at the Redeemer Family Life Center, where 100 attendees dressed up as their favorite fairy tale character.

Lowery D. Lockard, event chairwoman, president and founder of the organization, dressed as an evil queen.

“This assists us in serving more than 500 individuals with disabilities, single mothers and senior citizens each year,” she said.

Phylliss Steiner and Patty Moser helped plan the fundraiser. Steiner sewed many of the costumes and props. Fairy grandmothers Gloria Fisher and Kathie Greene helped register people at the door. Natalie Everly brought her Cinderella look-alike daughter, Alexis Everly, from Wadsworth.

“My daughter wants to meet the princesses and we haven’t been to Disney World yet,” Everly said.

Sheri Shay of Cuyahoga Falls brought her daughters, Bella and Allyssa, also known as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Tinkerbell.

“We are celebrating my niece’s birthday here,’’ said proud aunt Vicky Hasenohr with Emma Mills.

Bella Smith dressed as Ariel and sat with her mom, Bethany Smith, and grandparents Roger and Jane Chamberlin. Stella Noussias was one of the many royal attendees.

Melissa Crowe brought 8-month-old Makayla and 2-year old Austin.

Makayla and Austin’s grandmother, Cindy Mains, said her family attended the year before.

“We had a wonderful time last year and that’s why we’re here again,” Mains said.

Marcel Bahr brought his girlfriend, volunteer Katharina Schmalstieg, who was dressed as the Enchanted Princess Giselle.