Night to Shine offers fancy event for those with special needs

A guest makes his way down the red carpet at a past

A guest makes his way down the red carpet at a past"A Night to Shine event. This year's prom takes place Feb. 9

The night began when registered families arrived at River Church around 6 p.m. Parents and family members were ushered into an area to relax, converse, enjoy food, and receive manicures and massages.

More than 100 Southern Oregonians with disabilities got to go to the prom they never had Friday night.

"With tears in their eyes thank us from the bottom of their hearts", said Hoelscher.

Guests for Night to Shine have been stopping in the past two weeks to choose their prom night finery.

"Seeing everyone so happy and having so much fun is just my favorite part", she said. At Mount Pleasant, the event is from 6 8:30 p.m., and 160 guests are expected; more than 300 volunteers will participate.

For the event, guests are paired with a date or a buddy.

"It's going excellent", Drain said of the February 9 event.

She said volunteers are still welcome to sign up through a link on the group's Facebook page or just show up today. The smiles on their faces, alone, make this all worth it.

"Jesus says, "whatever you've done to the least of thee, you've done to me" and the Bible says we're all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, so we get to see that manifested in all kinds of different ways tonight", Howle said.

In Lynchburg for the second year, Journey Ministries hosted a prom for over 170 participants and 400 volunteers at Phase 2.

Terraza said her sister was treated as if she were a normal child. "This is the only opportunity for a lot of them to ever go to a prom".

"I didn't do it a year ago".

"I came here to have a glorious time at the dance", said Sammi Huffman of Fruitport. She is 20 years old, I'm actually doing double duty.

The Tim Tebow Foundation supports these proms across the nation and around the globe, Lefevers said. "I like it. It's an exceptional experience and a new experience for me".

From makeup, nails, dresses, a photo booth, dancing, putt putt, cornhole, limos and karaoke.

Lisa Willis said something so simple as getting fitted for his very first tuxedo was a special moment.

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