‘Night to Shine’ to bring prom experience to all

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Many young folks with special needs don’t get a chance to have a classic prom night. But that’s changing for those folks in Rapid City.

A young lady who is planning on attending Rapid City's second Night to Shine, tries on a dress at Bethel Church Sunday afternoon. Photo Date: Jan. 13, 2019.

A young lady tries on a dress at Bethel Church Sunday afternoon.

For the second year, Night to Shine will be held in Rapid City. The event is a prom experience for youth with special needs. The event is funded in part by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

This year’s Night to Shine will be held on Feb. 8 at the former Sears department store at the Rushmore Mall.

The event is an all-out occasion, featuring limousines, a red carpet, catered food, and music by a professional deejay.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bethel Church in Rapid City hosted a dress shopping experience ahead of the event.

Shopping for prom dresses is one of the most exciting parts of the event for many. They can be pricey, though, and all of the dresses on display at Bethel Church were donated and offered for free.

According to Night to Shine committee member Jessica Mertz, the event is a way to make everyone feel like a valued part of the community.

I think it’s great for our community to come together,” Mertz said. “There’s a lot of different opportunities to serve. Different churches have even come together, just to show that there is a love for all types of people in our community, and who doesn’t like a fun prom night?”

About 250 attended last year’s Night to Shine. Organizers are hoping to exceed that number this year.

The event is still looking for financial help and volunteers to help on Feb. 8. For more information, visit Bethel Church online.

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