2017-02-16 / Front Page

A Night to Shine

Special needs folks get their own ‘Prom’
BY PAM BRANNON
Gulf Breeze News © 2017

Brian Joyner gave his aunt her first Prom Night last Friday night in Gulf Breeze -- along with almost 200 other first-timers. Joyner and his Mom spearheaded a Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow national prom night for special needs folks of all ages. The first one ever held in Gulf Breeze was a huge success, thanks to Joyner, his Mom and about 400 other volunteers.

The prom attendees ararrived at the Community Life Center church in Midway about 6 p.m. to get ready with complimentary hair styling, and makeup artist doing their magic. Guys were given tuxedos to wear for the evening, and each young lady — from age 16 and up — wore a gown from the 300-plus donated.

Then, each went to the back door of the building to be picked up by a long white stretch limo and brought to the lighted entrance with a crowd cheering their arrivals and camera snapping.

Each was accompanied by a “buddy” to help with food and dancing.

Each received a crown or tiara. Food surrounded the three walls of the room. Dancing was continuous all night long. It was a night of dreams come true, thanks to an 18-year-old Gulf Breeze High student who wanted to make his aunt happy!




LEFT: A Night to Shine was a dress-up affair that included lots of fun, music, dancing, balloon animals and memories that will last a lifetime. LEFT: A Night to Shine was a dress-up affair that included lots of fun, music, dancing, balloon animals and memories that will last a lifetime.

Photos by Pam Brannon | Gulf Breeze News Photos by Pam Brannon | Gulf Breeze News

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