Leukemia to Cinderella: A fairy-tale evening

By Michelle Costanza

November 2, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local realtors invited the community to enjoy dinner to support one little girl's dreams.

More than 200 people filled the Relief Pitcher on Friday night dressed in gowns and tiaras for the annual trivia night hosted by the Binghamton Association of Realtors.

The fairy-tale setting was decorated in honor of Destiny, a 4-year-old Binghamton girl diagnosed with leukemia.

Her dream? To become a princess.

"When we can get together and help a young child who's dream is to be Cinderella, it really tugs at our hearts," said Thomas Reid, Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors president.

The Community Service Committee, made of several members of the association, puts on various events throughout the year to benefit the community and individuals in need.

"We like to do different events to let people know that we're not only here selling houses. We actually believe in our community. We live and work here, too," explained Reid.

Sandi Stebelton, chairwoman of the Community Service Committee, said when Lordes Hospital gave them Destiny's name, she knew it was the perfect cause to support.

Destiny was tapped on the shoulders by Stebelton -- aptly dressed as a fairy godmother -- and crowned Cinderella for a night. The smiling little girl showed off her glass slippers and even had the chance to dance with a "prince."

More than 200 community members came out to support the sold-out event and enjoy dinner and a round of trivia.

Tickets were $25 each, and organizers said they had raised more than $5,000 for Destiny's family through sales and raffles.