Kyle Leske attended A Night to Shine and by the look on his face, it’s something he will never forget. In the main room nearby were plenty of light blue and white balloons and crepe paper and tiny white lights. Centered around God’s love, the unbelievable night has touched the lives of many since 2015. It’s awesome. Everybody is volunteering their time so the kids can have a good time.
On Friday, more than 100 people in the area with special needs went to their very own prom.
In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, more than 200 churches and countless volunteers host Night to Shine.
Once inside, they received the royal treatment. “I really hope the limos have the fancy wine glasses in them again this time”. Volunteers applied makeup for the female guests, and there was a hair salon outside the church’s sanctuary. Of course there was music and lots of dancing.
Night to Shine attracted 124 people this year, in addition to escorts for everyone from Ohio Northern University and Rhodes State College.
Katie Evans was there with her special needs brother Scotty.
“I think it’s got to feel incredibly inclusive”, said Jared Brandon, director of communications at the church. “Iit is awesome! love Night to Shine”.
Madison arrived in a blue dress that reminded her of a favorite movie, “Frozen”.
Guest Joshua Lyne said he was having fun dancing and singing karaoke. Then she found the blue dress that was ideal.
“It’s great to see him just let loose and have a good time with his buddies out there”, said event volunteer Derek Smit. “The buddies got as much out of it as the guests did”, she said.
Tam Gerl and Lisa Branson take a selfie photo just before guests are crowned prom kings and queens during the second annual Night to Shine event Friday at Vineyard Church.
Berryhill said this is the first year Mount Pleasant has hosted the event but they are already looking forward to planning next year’s event and seeig what they can do better. Something Escobar said touched her the most. The organizing committee members all have ties to Proctor schools either as parents or staff. “I saw George and just knew I was meant to be his buddy”. “Everyone’s just excited to be happy and to be here”.