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Kelsey Anthony, of Northampton, and Kyle share a dance at the Night to Shine prom, held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Allentown, organized for the third year by Riverbend Community Church, Allentown.PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Kelsey Anthony, of Northampton, and Kyle share a dance at the Night to Shine prom, held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Allentown, organized for the third year by Riverbend Community Church, Allentown.PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVES
Alyssa Schlener, of Northampton, and Reilly Bower, of Lansdale, have a fun time at the event. Alyssa Schlener, of Northampton, and Reilly Bower, of Lansdale, have a fun time at the event.

Night to Shine

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Douglas Graves Special to The Press in Local News

Prom gives special needs individuals a festive evening

Riverbend Community Church, Allentown, went all out to give individuals with specials needs a fun night. The Night to Shine prom was held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Hanover Street in Allentown. One hundred forty guests enjoyed dancing, eating and socializing.

The lobby of Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel, complete with a red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.

After passing a tremendous arch of balloons, guests registered and met their buddy.

In a corner of the center, a makeup and hair dressing room was curtained off for anyone who had a curl out of place. The service was provided by volunteers, most of whom were experts in their field.

The mother and daughter team of Tina and Mary Eitzenberger provided hair styling for guests who wanted to add glamour to their look. Tina works for Forte Salon in Bethlehem, and Mary works for Revolt Hair Studio in Allentown.

A shoeshine booth put some gloss on men’s shoes. Pastor Mark Tramontina was one of the volunteers providing shoeshines. He said his military experiences with shining shoes made him an expert.

A refreshment stand had plenty of water and coffee. A table of pastries awaited the guests.

Floral bouquets and boutonnieres were tied with ribbon or pinned and ready for the ladies and gentlemen.

The event is a program of the Tim Tebow Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, “The vision was simple — work with churches around the country to provide an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.”

According to Monica Tramontina, wife of Mark Tramontina, 650 churches worldwide sponsored similar events on the same night. She said 350 volunteers helped organize and staff the event. Every participant with a special need was accompanied by a buddy, whose job was to make sure the guest had a great time.

She said this was the third year Riverbend Community Church has organized the event.