Night to Shine: Wabash County residents with special needs attend prom

By Mandy Underwood

Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School was full of smiles, laughs, dancing and cheering on Friday, Feb. 7 during the Night to Shine event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and put on by Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

Night to Shine is a prom night for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.

This is a night where everything is all about the guests, from hair, makeup and shoe shining, to a red carpet with an audience cheering for each guest who gets announced before their red-carpet debut.

Also available for the guests was video games, karaoke, basketball, corn-hole, dinner, limo rides around town, and of course a dance floor with a DJ and fun party lights.

Each gust had a buddy who spent the evening with them, ensuring the best time possible. There were other volunteers, from Bachelor Creek Church of Christ who served food, made sure the activities were running smoothly, and stood on either side of the red carpet, cheering and high-fiving each guest that walked down.

Overall, there were 138 guests and over 400 volunteers.

One volunteer, who requested to stay anonymous told The Paper of Wabash County said that ever since she found out about Night to Shine, she has wanted to volunteer.

“I love this. It’s such a nice thing for everyone,” she said. “I haven’t seen anyone tonight who isn’t totally excited, and I am excited for them, too.”

Janet Legesse, the Early Childhood Minister at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, and an integral part of Night to Shine told The Paper that this year’s event was a huge success.

“Night to Shine was an amazing experience where we saw not only Bachelor Creek, but the community come together to love on and celebrate people with special needs,” she said. “It was an unforgettable prom experience where we were able to celebrate the value of every life.  It was a night when all guests are kings and queens of the prom. We loved getting the opportunity to change the narrative on how people with special needs are viewed.  It is an event that we here at Bachelor Creek look forward to all year and are honored to put a Night to Shine on.” 

Posted on 2020 Feb 11