Ohio Valley Night to Shine
MARSHALL COUNTY, W. Va. —
Prom season is quickly approaching. For the third year in a row, the Moundsville Penitentiary hosted an event poised to give everyone a night to shine.
Organized by Bowman United Methodist Church, the Ohio Valley Night to Shine brought hundreds to the West Virginia State Penitentiary Friday night for a night unlike any other.
"It's a prom for special needs, ages 14 and older. There's no age limit. Our oldest guest this evening is 84 years old," Kristi Crawford of Event to Shine said.
This year, the number registered went up about 60%, with about 160 guests altogether.
Each with their own friend to help and guide them throughout the night.
"It's awesome. Just seeing them all dance and get the cute little food, and all the cute little games is really cool," Bria Spigarelli, volunteer said.
After coming in on the red carpet, they could enjoy dinner, a photo booth, and a special ride in the party bus.
"I like everything here," guest Emily Hempelman said.
A lot of planning goes into making a night to shine possible. Crawford says that seeing everyone's smiles makes it all worthwhile.
"When we see their reaction, it makes all of the months of planning and sleepless nights doing paperwork all worth it when we see them walk the red carpet, when we see them dance, when we see their pure joy doing this event. It makes everything worth it," Crawford said.
Crawford says they will have to reapply to have this event again next year. She says they will do what they can to bring the event back in 2019.