“I don’t feel like it’s real. I keep thinking this is a dream”, says Sarah Poehler who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sarah’s mother Terri Poehler was overwhelmed with tears, as she heard the call from her daughter, as she sat in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Richmond, VA with Sarah’s seriously ill dad. Terri, says, “this could not happen at a better time for our family – we needed some good news; as we were not sure how we were going to accommodate Sarah for the upcoming prom”.
At a recent Disney high school graduation trip, Sarah was dishearten by some of her classmates that didn’t want to be tasked with wheeling Sarah around. This left Sarah even more discouraged in attending her upcoming prom at the Signature Grand for Saturday, May 16 – until now. As part of the Ultimate Prom Giveaway package Sarah will receive luxury limousine service. Special accommodations will be arranged for Sarah to ride in-style for prom. “This is one of the many reasons we are raising capital to develop our own vehicles, which will accommodate those with special needs like Sarah who has Muscular Dystrophy. It is our ultimate goal to provide on demand luxury transportation services that are not “cookie-cutter”
Sarah was chosen based upon her essay, “How You Can Be The Change In Your Community You Want To See,” which will be read and she will be awarded along with other prizes (prom dress and shoes by Taylor’s Closet, hair, make-up, manicure by Spa S’Craige, custom necklace, bracelet, and earrings jewelry by Sparkle of Life, purse by Beijo, prom ticket by TLC Mobility Foundation and more). In addition, the runner up, Cynthia Sanchez of Atlantic Tech Magnet High School and honorable mention winner, Gaelle Lamothe of Dillard High School will be awarded at the charity dinner Women of Power & Play, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Boca Raton at Carmen’s Restaurant at the Bridge Hotel.
“This is a great opportunity to bring an a memory for a lifetime to all three finalists who have big hearts, and have a desire to make a difference while acknowledging the need and awareness of equal access transportation services for all,” said Dr. J.R. Harding, Chairman of the State of Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged which served as one of the judges.
Further information on the TLC Mobility Foundation and/or the Women of Power & Play event can be found at www.tlcmobility.org, or by calling 561.929.8950.
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At TLC, we believe transportation is more than a ride. We use transportation services, events and activities throughout the year to create positive memories to promote the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities and those without disabilities into family, work and play — creating richer experiences for everyone. For more information on the TLC Mobility Foundation visit tlcmobility.org.