NorthStar Church in Kennesaw welcomed 152 guests from Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Paulding, Gordon, Polk, Floyd, Fayette, Fulton and Gwinnett counties — and even one from Fruithurst, Alabama! — to the 2023 Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. The event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by local churches, is centered on God’s love.
Participants, who ranged in age from 14-67, were invited to attend a pre-party at the Acworth Community Center and to ride the limousine party bus to the red carpet at the church on Blue Springs Road, according to NorthStar Special-Needs Director Courtney Miller. The three-hour prom featured limousine rides, a deejay, dancing, karaoke, face painting, balloon artists, airbrush tattoos, a sensory room, games, shoe shining, hair and makeup appointments and touch-ups, nail artists, photo booths and visits with 10 princesses, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Chick-fil-A Brookstone/Acworth donated dinner for the guests and volunteers, who came from NorthStar, North Cobb and Allatoona high schools, Lewis Elementary School and other organizations.
For the caregiver event, the church treated 296 guests to live music, ballroom dance lessons, massages, nail artists, raffle prizes, dinner donated by 1885 Grille and bundtlets donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes.