The Cross Creek Church in Palmyra threw a prom Friday night- to give people with special needs the one they may have never had. They were thrown a little that morning, when the wind storm tore down their registration tent. But the church community came together to make sure the event went on without a hitch.
150 honored guests and 400 volunteers danced the night away at Night to Shine. This event is worldwide, and is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. This is the first year it was held in Rochester, and organizers said it will now become an annual event.
Event Organizer, Linda Prince, said her son, Jacob, who has autism, inspired her to put on the event.
“Just to let them know that that’s their moment of glory, everybody cheering for them, and that they are awesome and special and that’s what we want them to get out of it,” said Prince.
The goal is to give everyone the prom they’ve always dreamed of, and to help make that happen, every honored guest is paired up with a buddy. A lot of the pairs met for the very first time at the dance.
“I was excited to meet Taitum and just hope she has the night of her life, and that’s what we’re here to do is make them feel like a queen,” said buddy Darlene Ryan.
The dance also included limo rides, a glam station, a photo booth, karaoke, dancing and a red carpet entrance, where they’re crowned by their buddy.
“They introduced my name and her name and…it was so awesome to have all the fans applauding my name. I never felt so alive, it was awesome,” said honored guest Anthony Zastrow.
Prince said she wanted to spread the love she has for her son to everyone at prom.
“Some of the group homes around here, some of the individuals have never been told they’re loved and to be told you’re loved every month to us is a big deal. He gets it every night, I just want that for everybody,” said Prince.