Night to Shine participants to receive free attire, alterations for prom event

Organizers expecting about 250 participants for Feb. 9 event

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – The Tim Tebow Foundation's Night to Shine is coming back to Roanoke in February, but the prom night experience begins in January.

On Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, prom participants can pick out their own dress or suit and get it altered, for free.

Night to Shine is a prom for those with special needs, and 2017 was the first year for the event in the Roanoke Valley.

A pastor explained his favorite part of the event.

“The takeaway for me is watching the expressions, watching the joy the special needs community receives of this and just knowing that we've had a part of that, being able to witness their joy being expressed, and the love, the unconditional love they share with us. That was a huge takeaway,” said Danny Quirin, the associate pastor at Bonsack Baptist Church.

"We have a love for our special needs community and it's just a way to make them shine to make them feel like a king or queen how many of them their first prom experience," explained Shay Stevens, Events Coordinator for 2018 Night to Shine.

2017 prom participant Stephanie Romas said that dancing was her favorite part of the experience. 

Organizers said they're expecting about 250 participants for the Feb. 9 event.

If you would like to register someone to attend Night to Shine and find more information about free attire and alterations, visit www.nighttoshineroanoke.weebly.com.

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