“The Night to Shine” is a prom that’s held throughout the county the Friday before Valentine’s Day, for people with special needs.
Event coordinators say when the “Night to Shine” started 5 years ago it was held at just 34 churches across the country.
Now it’s at over 600 churches all over the world including in Boalsburg where 150 guests are having a night to remember.
Micah Heckathorne, from Zion has cerebral palsy, he had fun doing things he isn’t normally given the option to do.
“He had his shoes shined, he got a beautiful flower, and had his hair done and then got to walk the red carpet,” Sandy Dieterle, Micah’s “Buddy” for prom, said. “So, already it’s exceptionally fun.”
Lisa Lesher, Coordinator of “Night to Shine” at Harvest Fields Church, says ladies are getting their hair curled, couples are getting their pictures taken, people are dancing.
Walking down the red carpet and eating a dinner.
She says this is the first prom for many people with Down Syndrome or Autism and it helps them feel loved.
Each guest comes to the prom with a date and a “buddy”, which would be a friend or care taker.
“It is important because we have a community full of people with special needs and disabilities that are often forgotten about,” Lisa Lesher, Event Coordinator, for the “Night to Shine”, said.
Folks as young as 14 and as old as 80 danced the night away and their expressions say it all.