Proctor High School Held "Night To Shine" Prom

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 08, 2019 01:44 PM

DULUTH - Augustana Lutheran Church hosted a "Night to Shine Prom.” It was sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and was held at Proctor High School Friday.

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Mollie Haag, the event coordinator, said the event focuses on children and adults with special needs, along with their families.

"Night to Shine is a worldwide movement to bring inclusion to people with special needs so that they can have a night to really just be themselves and shine," Haag said.

It's the second year the Night to Shine event has been held in the Northland. 544 churches worldwide in 16 different countries participated in this event.

The guests were taken to the prom with a limo ride and were welcomed with a red carpet filled with waiting paparazzi.

After putting on their corsages and crowns, guest were off to a photo shoot.

A beautifully decorated prom awaited them with dinner and dessert. After that, guests were free to dance the night away.

Danielle Wines, one of the co founder's of Proctor's Night to Shine, enjoys seeing all the smiles from guests.

"That's really easy actually, my favorite part of this is just watching everybody have fun, watching everybody feel accepted,and watching our community come together," Wines said.

It was Jodi and Isaac Stauber’s second year attending the event.

"One Direction One Thing, that's his favorite song," Stauber said. Isaac chose his mom as his prom date.

"It just brings tears to my eyes, to celebrate their lives and their characters and what great people they are, and how much joy they bring to our lives, it’s so much fun to turn around and see them light up," Stauber said.

It was a fun family night for the Olsons. Kim Olson, a committee member and guest at the event, was excited to see her son, Wade Olson, having a good time.

"I'm so glad to have an opportunity to have him in a safe environment so we can really enjoy the night," Olson said.

Wade was also looking forward to being with his friend, Jeff Arfman, at the prom.

Arfman wanted the Northland community to know the importance of helping and supporting people with disabilities.

"I have disabilities too, we can change the world, so people out there on TV land, please give us a chance to change a world that we need with handicap people," Arfman said.

Josephine Hadrich, a prom attendee, knew exactly what she was looking forward to.

"Dancing, the karaoke, the food, and the ice cream,” Hadrich said.


Alejandra Palacios

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