Today, I wanted to introduce Enchanted Encounters. I met Lisa Coruzzi by chance at a recent Project Dinner Table event at the Smith Center. My bride for next February works for Gaia Flowers and she extended an invitation to me. I was thrilled to be able to join her. Lisa knows my bride from Gaia Flowers so I met her that evening!
Below is Lisa’s story and how she came to developing the idea for Enchanted Encounters.
Enchanted Encounters is a new local cause in Las Vegas created by two young visionaries, Lisa Coruzzi and Saliha Lezha. Saliha is a nursing student at the College of Southern Nevada. Lisa studies Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Despite their differences in paths, they’ve always had two things in common: compassion towards children and an admiration of Disney and what it stands for. These common interests fused with Lisa’s business-marketing oriented mindset and Saliha’s compassionate desire of some day going into Pediatrics.
As a result, a great idea was born.
Upon generating this idea with Saliha (Snow White), Lisa (Belle) immediately shared it with a contact she had made during her marketing position with Gaia Flowers. Her name is Cathie France (Custom Gowns by Cathie). Cathie was known for creating beautiful custom wedding gowns, and was thrilled at the idea of expanding her experience from Brides, to Princesses. From there, the idea came to be.
Enchanted Encounters currently consists of its two founders, Belle and Snow White, as well as Pocahontas, Cinderella, Ariel, Tiana, and still growing.
The goal of Enchanted Encounters is to bring the fairytale experience to children in the community who cannot necessarily make it out to Disney Land to see their favorite characters that they so admire. It could be because they can’t afford to, are prone to illness, or simply cannot leave their hospital bedsides or treatments. So, we bring the experience to them to prove that dreams really do come true and anything really is possible. Whether at a non-profit event benefiting children, or right along their bedsides at the local Hospitals, the Enchanted Princesses will be there to lighten up these children’s spirits despite everything they are going through. Because every child deserves a fairytale.
“Having had several visits with all kinds of children now, I can assure you that these children give me far more than I give them. Their positive spirits, warm hugs, and larger-than-life smiles have raised my own spirits and provide me with an escape from the hardships and negativity that exists in our everyday reality. Don’t thank me for what I do, these children are my light.” – Lisa Coruzzi, Belle
The Enchanted Princesses are always looking to make new friends. If you have or know of a local non-profit cause benefiting children, or have a child of your own who is underprivileged, call Lisa at (702) 738-7778, or email EnchantedEncountersLV@gmail.com to schedule a Princess visit. To learn more about Enchanted Encounters, visit them at Facebook.com/enchantedencountersNV.