Joyce M. Johnson
It was easy for guests to feel like royalty Sunday afternoon at Pastries with the Princesses event held in Cuyahoga Falls.
The annual fundraiser for the Dane Foundation was held at the Redeemer Family Life Center. In addition to all of the princess characters there were two real princesses: Ashlee Lundvall, Ms. Wheelchair USA; and Dianna Warren, Ms. Wheelchair Ohio.
“As a mom it’s important to let little girls know we can all be princesses,” Lundvall said.
The mission of the Dane Foundation is to address the unique needs of individuals with disabilities, single mothers and senior citizens. The Dane Foundation has a mandate to promote public awareness and understanding of individuals it serves and their unique status in the community.
Founder Patty Moser, who named the group after her son Dane, who passed away from cerebral palsy in 2009, said, “This keeps Dane’s legacy going.”
She and Diane Thompson welcomed 120 attendees. Stacy Manzo of Tallmadge brought her 5-year-old daughter, Lauren Manzo. and her grandmother, Sue Rice, as well as Lauren’s cousin, Bailey Rice.
“She has so many dresses we had trouble picking one out,” Manzo said of her daughter.
Grandmother Christine Dorton said, “This is a fantastic way to involve children and help others.”
Her granddaughter, Emily Burgan, dressed as Cinderella.
Joey Apollonio brought his 6-year-old daughter, Brynn, who was excited about seeing the princesses.
Those dressed as characters for the cause were: Aurora Burgy, Kathie Greene, Deb Plate, Swati Chaparala, Libbie Dayer, Katharina Schmalstieg, Logan Rinehart, Tim Pinson, Megan Bielawski, Michele-Lynn Stone, Natalie Lockard, Sarah Min, Hallie Smith, Aurora Rinehart, Jackie Poncar, Brigitte Morvay, Mackenzie Miller, Tiffany Brubaker, Anokha Pacubidri, Stella Noussias, Stephanie Hinchlifee and Monica Michel.
Attendees enjoyed music, crafts, games and tea with pastries, all to benefit the Dane Foundation.