Teen Face: Windsor teen planning prom for those unable to attend

  • Teen profile Victoria Cahill, senior at Windsor High School, Tuesday Dec. 21, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Victoria Cahill enjoyed her high school prom so much, she decided to organize one for students who don't ordinarily get to go.

She's putting on a prom for special needs kids in Sonoma County as part of her senior project at Windsor High School.

"My brother has autism," she said of the personal connection that inspired her to stage the upcoming event on Feb. 22.

"I just loved my prom. It was really fun last year, something I really looked forward to," she said. "I thought it was something these kids should be able to experience too — a high school experience they shouldn't miss out on."

It's easier said than done. Victoria has secured a venue at Vineyard of Faith Church in Windsor, along with lights and a deejay, who is donating his services.

But she's still still looking for help for dresses, tuxedos, corsages, boutonnieres, desserts and beverages. And she needs to pay for insurance coverage.

"A couple days ago I went around to ask for donations. I don't have funds now. I came in contact with a girl who gives dresses to underprivileged girls. She said she would donate," she said.

Her teachers have confidence that she can pull it off.

"She's a very intelligent and driven young lady," said Barney Kaufman, who teaches a business class in Windsor High's Vineyard Academy. "I definitely think she would have the tenacity and drive to do something like this."

Victoria is getting word of the prom out to special needs kids in various school districts through a connection at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

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