Community Baptist hosting second annual Night to Shine

ALABASTER – For the second year in a row, Community Baptist Church in Maylene is giving members of the special needs community the opportunity to have a fun prom experience at its Night to Shine event from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. CBC is one of more than 350 churches internationally that will host Night to Shine, which is sponsored by the Tim Tebow foundation.

“It’s an amazing night for our community and our church to come together to allow our children and adults with special needs a chance to go to prom,” organizer Mandy Mealer said. “They can dance and have fun without worrying about being different.”

At Night to Shine, Mealer said guests will get to enjoy much more than the traditional dance floor and DJ that most proms have. Upon arrival, each guest will be able to walk into the church on a red carpet while being welcomed by “paparazzi.” Several limousines and vintage cars will be available to drive guests, and a team of professionals will be onsite to shine shoes and help guests with hair and makeup.

Additionally, Mealer said there will be separate rooms designated for board games, karaoke and other activities. One room will allow parents and caretakers to unwind while watching the guests on the dance floor through a live stream.

“It will allow them to relax while watching their kids or loved ones dance and party and have fun,” Mealer said.

Mealer said Night to Shine is free and open to teenagers and adults of all abilities over the age of 14. At last year’s Night to Shine, Mealer said 55 guests attended and more are expected this year.

“We’re hoping for a repeat of last year, but we’re preparing for more guests,” Mealer said.

Currently, Mealer said the church is looking for volunteers, who will undergo background checks and special training sessions.

Registration is not required for guests, but it is encouraged. For more information about Night to shine or to register as a volunteer or a guest, visit Cbcmaylene.org.