Christian Life Church hosts Night to Shine prom for people with disabilities

Christian Life Church in Plymouth hosted the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine, a prom event centered on God’s love for people with special needs, Friday, Feb. 9.

Night to Shine is an annual international event. Through grants from the Tim Tebow Foundation, 537 churches from around the world hosted the event on the same day this year.

The Plymouth event was the only one in Sheboygan County and it was Christian Life’s inaugural year as a host church.

The guests were pampered with shoe shines, hair spritzing and touching up their make-up, corsages or boutonnieres, and a limousine ride followed by many people cheering for them as they walked the red-carpet and were introduced one by one.

All of the guests were crowned kings and queens of the prom.

Each king and queen was paired with a buddy who spent the evening with them making sure they were having a great time. Snack food, a DJ, a photo booth, a balloon drop and takeaway gifts added to the evening’s fun.

One of the prom kings said, “This was the best night of my life!”

Night to Shine in Plymouth drew participants from Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Calumet and Washington counties. Family members of one queen traveled from Florida and South Carolina to see their sibling honored.

Among those who enjoyed the Night to Shine prom were three Plymouth High School students

The local event welcomed 87 “kings” and “queens,” including PHS students Jadan Johnson, Kendell Lafayette and Trenton VanderSande. Many staff members responded to a call for prom dresses, and Jaden chose a beautiful pink cocktail dress with silver “bling.”

Participants enjoyed a limousine ride to the prom, which they entered after a walk down the red carpet. They got to visit the “touch up” room, where participants got flowers and a tiara or crown. The men also had their shoes shined, and the women got their hair and make-up done and were able to pick out a purse for the night and some jewelry if they needed. The event also included appetizers, beverages, a photo booth, and dancing.

More than 265 volunteers gave of their time and talents to make the night special for the kings and queens.

PHS Team Panthers Adam Smith and Ellie Welsch volunteered at the event, as did number members of the PHS National Honor Society.

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