Mid-Ohio Valley gearing up to host ‘Night to Shine’ for people with special needs

LITTLE HOCKING, Ohio (WTAP) – The "Night to Shine" special-needs prom event that is gaining popularity and support all over the world is making its way to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Warren Local School District and Porterfield Baptist Church in Little Hocking are partnering to host “Night to Shine.” It’s sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The event provides a prom night experience to people with special needs ages 16 and older.

Porterfield will host the event on February 8 from 6-9 p.m. It will feature everything from limo rides to a red carpet entrance to a photo booth.

Larry Ryan, the director of Special Programs for Warren Local Schools, said “We have ordered crowns and tiaras just like the Tim Tebow Foundation has suggested, where they get to go home with their own crown to let them know that they truly are special.”

The event is made possible all over the world thanks to the many volunteers who give their time and effort. The same sentiment is being felt in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“A lot of people donating their time and their gifts and talents whether it’s photographers, DJs, or people that prepare food and so it’s just amazing to see all these people come together for one night to do something different in the lives of somebody else or to touch somebody else’s life,” said Eric Leeson, an associate pastor at Porterfield.

When asked about the message of the event, Katie Dickson of Warren Local Schools said, “We’re all special, love goes a long way we can all help make somebody’s day just a little bit better in their darkest hour and as far as the participants themselves they’re just as special, there’s love out there for them and that you’re right here with us we got you, we got your back.”

“Night to Shine” events are slated for more than 30 locations in Ohio and 4 places in West Virginia.

Those who participate in the event are considered honored guests. Ryan said those who live in Wood and Washington counties and the surrounding areas are eligible to register for the event.

You can find more information about the event on the Mid-Ohio Valley Night to Shine Facebook page. That link can be found in the Related Links section of the article. You can also register to participate in the event in the link provided in the Related Links section of the article.

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