By providing pro bono legal services, three Nyemaster Goode attorneys recently helped a mother-daughter team make a dream come true by helping them establish Dreams Made TrueTM, a new nonprofit organization that celebrates the lives of girls with special needs.
Created by parents David and Dayna Teske of Carroll, Iowa, Dreams Made TrueTM was inspired by their daughter, Daleney Marie Teske, who has cerebral palsy. In 2009, Daleney and Dayna traveled out of state to participate in a pageant with other special needs girls. Daleney enjoyed it so much that David and Dayna decided to create a similar pageant for the state of Iowa. They began working on making this dream happen in late 2009.
Among all the planning and coordinating, David and Danya learned they need to address certain legal aspects in order to ensure success of the event and the organization. After learning from a law firm that thousands of dollars would be incurred to organize the entity, qualify for nonprofit status and secure trademark protection, the couple approached Nyemaster Goode, and three members stepped up by offering their services at no cost.
Kathy Law, Denise Mendt and Wendy Marsh pooled their talents to get the organization up and running in time for the first annual Dreams Made True Pageant, which was held July 23-24, 2010 in Carroll, Iowa. "Wendy, Denise, and Kathy helped us with trademarking and registering the name, and forming the nonprofit organization, Dreams Made True, Inc. They were wonderful to work with!" Dayna said.
Over the weekend of the pageant, ten girls from around the state of Iowa, joined by their parents, got together to meet each other and each girl's pageant buddy, a volunteer who would assist the girl through the day's events. On Saturday morning, the girls each had a private interview with a panel of judges. Meanwhile, parents were kept busy with technology forums and inspirational presentations. Over a lunch of pizza, a magician entertained the group, and then came hair styling and make-up in preparation for the pageant. Each participant walked the stage first in casual wear, then in an outfit of her own choosing and then in evening wear for the final round. Winners were awarded crowns, sashes and trophies, and everyone went home with a medal of participation.
Witnessing the event first-hand, Wendy Marsh participated as a volunteer buddy with contestant Natalie Wulf, who ended up winning in her age group. "It was just really a lot of fun and the girls all just shone with pride," Wendy said.
With the completion of the first Dreams Made True pageant, David and Dayna and their group of volunteers are looking to next year and hoping for an even bigger turn out to celebrate Iowa's special girls.
For more information about the organization, visit http://www.dreams-made-true.org/.