The fifth-annual Tim Tebow Foundation's Night To Shine in Embry-Riddle rolled out the red carpet.
Ormond Beach resident Janell Riggs got the chance to be a princess for a day.
Riggs was one of 165 attendees at the fifth-annual Tim Tebow Foundation's Night To Shine event at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Friday, Feb. 8. Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church hosted the event for the fourth year in a row, and Tomoka Christian Church also participated this year.
Night to Shine provides a prom night for the special needs community, and is held worldwide. At Embry-Riddle, the night started with each prom attendee being escorted down a 150-foot red carpet by either a member of the school's ROTC or a cheerleader. Family members, photographers and volunteers acted as "paparazzi" to welcome them into the prom, where once inside, they enjoyed a live DJ, photo boot, limo rides, a karaoke station and the opportunity to be drawn by one of the three caricature Disney artists.
For event co-chair Bob Coleman, it was a night to show the special needs community they really are kings and queens. These are people who are not always told they are beautiful, he explained, and this is an opportunity to give them a fun evening. He said the community has been engaged every year to help them raise money for the prom because they see what a difference it makes for the local special needs population.
“It’s probably one of the most gratifying things we do," Coleman said.
Riggs' special night started long before the date of the prom. She visited Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church's Glitter and Shine, which helped the prom attendees pick out an outfit to wear. She picked a sequined red dress.
“It reminds me of Princess Jasmine," Riggs said.