'Night to Shine' welcomes record crowd in Champion
It was truly a 'Night to Shine' across the country Friday as hundreds of churches hosted those with special needs for a night of glitz and grandeur.
21 News stopped by Wildare Church in Champion which had a record-breaking turnout this year and spoke with the team that makes this all possible.
"It just gives me joy to see joy on their faces," said Rose Ann Gordon, Volunteer with 'Night to Shine.' "Some of the attendees don't even get to go to prom. They're so excited, I get excited inside."
It's one of hundreds of churches around the world that provide an unforgettable prom experience for those with special needs, Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
"It's such a blessing to be a part of that," said Bonnie Muresan, Volunteer with 'Night to Shine.' "To be able to give back to help create this fabulous night for them."
Organizers of this year's 'Night to Shine' say it truly takes a village to put this on. From photo booths to hair and makeup stations, corsages and boutonnières, shoe shiners, and even a limo service bringing the guests to the event in style, over one hundred volunteers made the evening happen.
"We try to set up everything around them their needs," said Trish Shafer, Event Coordinator. "We have their dietary needs and their physical needs. Everything is catered to them."
Volunteers were comprised of Wildare church members and surrounding community members.
Wildare's 7th year of the event brought a record-breaking 90 attendees. A red carpet with paparazzi led the guests to dinner and dancing. Every attendee was the crowd 'king' and 'queen.'
The evening was entirely self-funded through community donations. Night to Shine takes place in all 50 states and 16 countries around the world.