First United Methodist Church to host prom for individuals with special needs
CHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) — For the second year First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge is teaming up with Broome County to sponsor a Night to Shine. “It is truly the happiest prom in Broome County without a doubt, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “These proms were given in all fifty states as well as 29 countries now this year it’s going to be 720 host churches in 34 countries,” Clark said. It’s love that Garnar says is evident from the minute the guests arrive. The goal is to spread love to a community that organizers say deserve a special night. The event is part of a national celebration sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, one that is growing by the year. A Night to Shine offers a prom night experience for individuals with special needs and will take place this Friday, February 7 at Chenango Bridge High School. Organizers say it’s also a night to show appreciation for those who devote their lives to caring for individuals with special needs. If you’d like to donate to the event you can do so by sending a check to: “Some of these folks are in their forties, fifties, sixties and they never got to have a prom when they were in school,” said Pastor Robert Clark of First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge. “Now they get to have this prom” “They are given shoe shine, hair and makeup is done they also receive boutonnieres and corsages,” Clark said. First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge PO Box 501 Chenango Bridge, NY 13745 “Their caregivers will be at the red carpet to see them then we put them in a special area so that they can just have a break for a few hours,” Clark said. A prom that organizers say will be a first for many in attendance. “They are coming in and they are getting loved on and they are getting a huge applause, the cheerleaders are there,” he said. That includes hair, makeup and dresses,all of which were donated to the event. “Everything is free of charge to them and it’s our opportunity to just feel the love on that community,” said Clark.