Glynn County joined a worldwide phenomenon on Friday. For the first time, the county hosted its own “A Night to Shine” event, a prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation for special-needs individuals.

More than 500 churches around the world held “A Night to Shine” events this past weekend with Gilead Ministry in Brunswick hosting the first one in the county. The endeavor had plenty of community support.

Southeast Georgia Health System, Glynn County Schools, Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority and Family Connection Glynn County all provided support while HelloGoodbuy donated much of the attire used by the attendees.

There were volunteers helping in a variety of capacities. Volunteers helped with hair and makeup, and there were also “buddies” — volunteers who paired up with the students for the event.

Attendees got the full Hollywood treatment at the event. They were greeted by “paparazzi” lining the hall, taking photos as participants walked the red carpet.

Eighty volunteers helped turn the venue into a dance hall worthy of a prom celebration. A DJ kept the party going with music while a photo-shoot was set up in another corner.

Along with the event at Gilead Ministries, members of SOAR — a local nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities — rode a charter bus to an “A Night to Shine” event in Jesup.

We are thrilled to see this event come to Glynn County. “A Night to Shine” provides people with special needs a chance they might have missed otherwise in school.

It is important for us as a community to continue to integrate people with special needs into our society. Everyone deserves a chance to live a life full of fun and happy memories.

We thank everyone involved for helping bring “A Night to Shine” to the Golden Isles for the first of what is hopefully many events.

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