Entering her magical quinceanera on her father’s arm, her tiara sparkling and her fuchsia ballgown trimmed with ruffles to perfectly match her cake, Adriana Palma scanned the crowd for familiar faces. Most of the guests were strangers but would soon become like family and, without them, this Parisian pink fairy tale would never have become a reality. When the teen left Mexico in 2020, she looked forward to a new life in Miami with her parents and three younger brothers. When the pandemic hit, her father’s job disappeared and, with it, her chances for the quinceanera of her dreams -- or so she thought. Thanks to Lian Navarro, an employee at the Miami Rescue Mission, and a cadre of fairy godmothers, Adriana got the quinceanera of her dreams. Many people contributed to make the event special for her. Based on Adriana’s comment, “I felt like a princess,” they achieved their goal.

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