Dreams Made True, Inc. was founded in 2010 by David and Dayna Teske of Carroll, who were inspired by their daughter, Daleney Marie Teske, now nine years old going on ten. Daleney was a premature baby, weighed just 1 1/2 lbs. at birth, and was also afflicted with cerebral palsy. Daleney has worked hard to overcome her obstacles, says her proud mom. She has learned to walk with the aid of a walker and the next goal will be walking with crutches.
Daleney entered and won a pageant for disabled girls in Illinois in 2008, and the Teskes were so impressed by that positive experience that they sought to start a similar pageant for Iowa girls with disabilities after Illinois changed their rules last year, now limiting entries in their pageant to Illinois girls.
Using their daughter's initials, DMT, the Teskes created Dreams Made True Inc., an organization supported by all who love girls with special needs.
Dreams Made True, Inc., is a non-profit organization, dedicated to enhancing the lives of girls with special needs, ages 5-25, and providing their families the opportunity to connect with and learn from each other. These young ladies will have the chance to unite and showcase their unique abilities through the beauty pageant format.
The first (annual, the Teskes hope) Dreams Made True pageant is open to any Iowa girl, ages 5-25, with any disability, and will be held this Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, at Central Christian Church in Carroll.
During the two-day event, there will be social time, rehearsals, interviews, inspirational speakers, entertainment, hair and makeup sessions, and the pageant competition Saturday night, emceed by Gary Kroger, a former "Saturday Night Live" 'Not Ready for Prime Time' cast member.
The girls will rehearse on Friday, and also be paired up with a "buddy" at that time.
A performance by Lindee Link, singing her hit "Fairytale," will highlight the evening on Saturday, along with the crowning of winners in four different age categories.
Six-year-old Paris Mulder of Marcus and seven-year-old Christa Lux of Cherokee will be among the participants in Carroll this weekend.
Dayna Teske is the former Dayna Smith, daughter of Ed and Diane Smith of Marcus.