PrincessMonicasWishFour-year-old Monica of Maple City will become a princess thanks to Make-A-Wish Michigan and community supporters in Traverse City on Saturday, May 21. The community is invited to come out and cheer on Monica as she rides by in a parade down Front Street.

Monica, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, wished to be a princess. From getting her nails and hair done to wearing a beautiful princess dress, Monica will look the part before she rides on a horse-drawn carriage through downtown Traverse City. Monica and her family will enjoy a variety of surprises at the private Princess Ball held at the City Opera House.

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Event Itinerary:

11 a.m. – Princess Monica rides in a horse-drawn carriage down East Front Street starting outside the Pure Essence Salon (430 E. Front St., Traverse City) as she is escorted by her prince, wish kid Clary. The parade will be led by wish kid Elena, the Traverse City Police Department and trumpeters.

11:15 a.m. – Kids cheer on Princess Monica from outside State Theatre as her carriage rolls by.

11:30 a.m. – Princess Monica arrives at City Opera House (106 E. Front St., Traverse City) for the Princess Ball (invitation only).

1 p.m. – Official program begins with remarks from Make-A-Wish Michigan President & CEO Karen Davis, a special proclamation from Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers and a crowning by the Cherry Festival Queen Danielle Bott. Dance Arts Academy will then perform on stage.

Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted more than 8,500 wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 

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