Photo by Mandy Garvin Photography Smiles were everywhere at the Night to Shine prom held Friday, Feb. 8 in Logan County.

Photo by Mandy Garvin Photography

Smiles were everywhere at the Night to Shine prom held Friday, Feb. 8 in Logan County.

Friday night saw a shining light on an event held in our community where smiles were plenty and hearts were full.

For Jimmy Davenport, who served as DJ for the evening, this night was as spectacular as those who were at the event and he was grateful to just be a part of it.

"I was honored, humbled and blessed to be part of this wonderful event," said Davenport. "If you left there without a smile on your face then there is no smile in you."

Davenport is talking about Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs.

The Logan County Extension Office was crammed packed with excitement for the second year in a row as Adairville Baptist Church joined the Tim Tebow Foundation in hosting the prom.

This year celebrates the fifth anniversary for Night to Shine as 655 churches from around the world come together on one special night to celebrate approximately 100,000 honored guests for an evening of fun.

Night to Shine is a worldwide movement changing Valentine's Day weekend from simply a celebration of love, to a celebration of God's love.

Every guest of Night to Shine entered on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, prom favors for each honored guest, and of course, dancing!

"We wanted to host this event for not only our small community but open it up for our entire county and even surrounding counties," said Maegan Angel with Adairville Baptist Church. "We were able to serve 58 guests with special needs from over five different counties. This was our second year hosting Night to Shine and I feel it went very well. The room was full of smiles the entire night and both guests and volunteers seemed to really enjoy the night."

Angel said the best part of the event is the crowning ceremony where each and every guest walks the red carpet and is crowned a King or Queen of the prom and told that they are special and loved because that is how God sees them, not only on this special night but every single day of their lives.

"It means the world to each and every one of us who volunteered to be able to serve the people in not only our community but surrounding communities of people with special needs and their families who are often left out or forgotten," Angel added. "This special night is not only for our guests to shine, but for churches to shine, volunteers to shine, and most importantly, for Christ to Shine. We are already looking forward to next year!"

Jackie Stewart, director of Active Day of Russellville, experienced the evening along with several members of Active Day.

"To see the guests smile, laugh and dance the night away was a huge blessing for me. I know the members of Active Day of Russellville that attend look forward to this event all year, and they talk about it for weeks before and after," said Stewart. "This is a night they get to get dressed up and go out on a 'date.' They are pampered from the time they enter the doors and are told many times throughout the night that they are all kings and queens and that this is 'their night.' The excitement fills the room and they are showed how special they are."