Night to Shine set for people with special needs

PORT ANGELES — The deadline is Jan. 15 to sign up people 14 and older with special needs for their Night to Shine free prom Feb. 10.

The prom will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

To register a loved one to attend Night To Shine, contact by Jan. 15. Space is limited.

“The event is a first for our area,” said Cheryl Smith, director of programs at Camp Beausite NW, which is on 510 Beausite Lake Road in Chimacum.

Night To Shine, founded by The Tim Tebow Foundation two years ago, has grown to 350 locations holding the event simultaneously in all 50 states and several countries, with 32,000 honored guests and 75,000 volunteers, Smith said.

The Hillcrest Baptist Church of Port Angeles applied to the foundation to host the red-carpet event for people with special needs on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Other presenting partners include Clallam Mosaic, Camp Beausite NW, The Crossings Church and Wilderness Escapes.

100 guests with special needs

The event will accommodate about 100 guests with special needs, as well as 100 volunteers who will serve as companions or buddies for each guest, organizers said.

If needed, transportation will be provided by Camp Beausite NW to and from the event.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters the complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi, Smith said.

Once inside, guests receive “the royal treatment,” including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest and, of course, a dance floor “all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom,” Smith said.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, manage parking, serve as buddies to escort each guest and manage the VIP room for parents.

Volunteers are required to pass a background check. To volunteer, contact

‘Opportunity to celebrate’

“This is an opportunity to celebrate our friends, neighbors and family members with special needs, a chance for them to dress up, have a night on the town, and make friends and memories, in a safe and fun setting,” said William Gullick, pastor at Hillcrest and chairman of the event.

Donations of hair styling and makeup services, formal wear and shoes for men and women, and cash are needed. Donations of gowns, suits and dress shoes can be dropped off at Elwha Heritage Center and both Clallam YMCA locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Hillcrest Baptist Church in Port Angeles, visit the church’s Facebook page.

For more information on the worldwide Night To Shine movement and locations, see www.timtebow

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