A 'Night to Shine' for people with special needs

February 09, 2018 11:31 PM

ALBANY - Tonight, they are treated like celebrities.

Camille walks the red carpet.

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Kathleen gets cheered on.

Sisters Kateri and Haley Reed accept corsages. 

Allie gets her picture taken because tonight, it's their night to shine.

"I am having an amazing time," Mollie said.

125 guests show up to Our Savior's Lutheran School. Here, more than 200 volunteers will help make this an unforgettable night.

"It's all about them feeling accepted and valued and being an important part of society," Lorrie March said.

March is a teacher at the school, her son Jeremiah has Down Syndrome. She says the shocking diagnosis three and a half years ago opened up a world of possibility and a newfound purpose. 

"When you become a parent of a child with a disability so many dreams that you thought that you wanted just disappear and it's all about creating new dreams," March said.

The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors the night that allows Elizabeth to clap her hands.

"She is a very happy girl and she is loving this," Billie Guy said of her daughter.

Best friends Mollie and Emily dance.

Emily DiDonato said, "I'm just really glad to meet new people and how god created them and be the person who they are."

And it's not just this location that's busting a move- 450 churches worldwide with 90,000 participants are celebrating a Night to Shine.

"Dancing, hanging out with my girlfriend and my friends and stuff like that and getting together and having a good time," Adam Graham said.

It's a night of pampering and kareokeing and above all- this is a night to remind each person here, that they are special and they are loved.

At the end of the night each guest was crowned king and queen of the prom. Lorrie is hopeful that next year they can hold the event again and open it up to even more people.  


Karen Tararache

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