Hundreds attend Roanoke’s first ever Night to Shine

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – Roanoke’s first ever “Night to Shine,” a prom for those with special needs, accomplished its goal.

Eight months of preparations, with guidelines from sponsor “Tim Tebow Foundation,” led to one unforgettable evening.

The crowd cheered and clapped as each star stepped out of the limo and into the lights.

It may be the prom, but with the red carpet rolled out it looked more like a Hollywood premier.

Every detail of the night was planned to make all 170 prom goers feel exceptional.

“There’s lots of laughs, they were so excited on the red carpet, everybody was waving and cheering in their dresses in their suits,” explained Diane Lane-Morris, one of the organizers.

Just like every other prom the evening started with hair and make-up for the ladies and shined shoes for the gentlemen.

But the real action happened on the dance floor.

“People with special needs are so often overlooked and we have people ranging in age from 14 to 74, so a lot of the folks this is truly their first chance for a prom,” explained Lane-Morris.

“I’ve heard about this for a few years and I just wanted to come and check it out,” said Garrett Brumfield, disability advocate.

Garrett Brumfield is a disability advocate and couldn’t miss the opportunity to support Roanoke’s first “Night to Shine.”

“Society has this mentality that individuals with disabilities can’t do certain things in life and can’t enjoy life just like any individuals can,” Brumfield explained.

The event definitely proves otherwise.

But unlike most proms everyone leaves this one a king or queen.

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