The message for more than 60 girls from at-risk Long Beach neighborhoods was "Dare to Dream" - just like one of Disney's most popular princesses did.
As Tiana, from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog," entered the room at the Long Beach Arena, the girls screamed with excitement.
The Disney princess dreamed of opening a restaurant, a dream that several girls in the audience said they shared. But whether it's becoming a doctor, lawyer, nurse or astronaut, the girls were encouraged to follow their hearts and realize their dream is special and achievable.
Disney On Ice, which will be offering shows all weekend at the Long Beach Arena, invited girls from area Girl Scout groups to be part of a special program
In addition to meeting and taking pictures with Tiana, Long Beach City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal was in attendance to share her background and secrets of success.
After asking the girls what they wanted to be when they grew up, Lowenthal told the girls that "anything is possible."
"Have a dream and follow it," Lowenthal said. "Don't let anyone or anything discourage you - you can be and do whatever you want."
Noreen Tham, marketing manager for the Greater Los Angeles Girl Scouts, said the girls were "over the moon" about being invited to the program. She said the event sums up the mission of the Girl Scouts.
"We are all about promoting and building strong women," she said. "Our girls look up to these princesses, and sometimes all it takes is a role model to push these girls to excellence."
Lowenthal encouraged the girls to get a good education and of course, listen to parents.
"Study hard in school," she said. "Get good grades and do not let anything hold you back. Whether you want to be in politics, education, the medical field, athletics or acting and dancing, just put
After the event, the Girls Scouts and their families were provided tickets to attend the opening night performance of Disney On Ice's "Dare to Dream," which will be at the Long Beach Arena through Sunday.
Tham said most of the more than 60 girls would have been unable to afford or attend such an event. She said the Girls Scouts were honored to be invited and included, and it is an event that these girls will not soon forget.
"It is these types of events that keep the girls talking for days," she said. "They were so excited to come and meet and see princesses. But this day was about more than that - these girls learned tonight that dreams do really come true. They learned that if they set their sights high, anything is possible."
Tickets for the show are priced between $12 and $75. For more information visit www.disneyonice.com.
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