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Dreams Take Flight helps dreams come true

Dancers from Samba Fusion entertained attendees of the Dreams Take Flight Masquerade Gala. - Amanda Oye
Dancers from Samba Fusion entertained attendees of the Dreams Take Flight Masquerade Gala.
— image credit: Amanda Oye

A room full of adults played dress-up, donning exquisite masks to help make the dreams of more than 100 kids come true at the Dreams Take Flight Masquerade Gala at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel last Saturday evening.

“Everyone was excited,” said Melissa Hance, the president of Dreams Take Flight Vancouver.

Even those who did not come with their own masks found themselves purchasing one at the event to join in the fun.

While at the gala, guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and performances by Samba Fusion and SideOne.

“SideOne did not disappoint,” Hance said. “The dance floor was packed.”

The gala, which was run by volunteers with the support of sponsors including the Air Canada Foundation, helped raise an estimated $25,000 to send disadvantaged children to Disneyland for a day.

“We have so much passion devoted to this,” Hance said.

“It has a lasting effect on [the kids],” she said.

Dreams Take Flight Vancouver will be making its 22nd trip to Disneyland on October 21st.

This year, the organization is working extra hard on fundraising as they need to raise an additional $17,000 to cover the cost of fuel, which has previously been covered through sponsorship.

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