Friday night was not your ordinary work day here at Help Us Gather. Having fun and getting glammed up is what we are all about and this year our team volunteered as buddies for Night to Shine at Christian Family Church in Tampa. Night to Shine is a special prom night held at about 450 locations across the nation and internationally for people with special needs.
Night to Shine mixed the best elements of a elaborate high school prom and a black tie celebration to benefit hundreds of people with special needs from around the Tampa Bay area. The night started with the guests arriving in limos and being paired with buddies to make sure they would have a great time from the moment they stepped on the red carpet.
After a grand entrance complete with paparazzi, we had a buffet dinner followed by games and tons of dancing. Our buddies were all about the dance floor and one of them even jumped on stage with the DJ!
The main event of the evening is when crowns are awarded to all the guests for King and Queen. Daniel, Joy’s buddy, was so excited to be crowned a King and wanted a special photo to share with his mom.
It was really a great experience to see the smiles on our buddies faces and all of the other guests in the room. This is why at HUG we work so hard to bring the community together and build inclusion for the special needs community. Events like Night to Shine give people like Daniel unforgettable social experiences.
Click the link to learn more about Night to Shine and the Tim Tebow Foundation.