Donations needed for annual prom that lets special needs kids shine
Once a year, for one special night, Ashley Parthemer and her friends are crowned queens and kings at a dance that is created just for them.
The Night to Shine prom started three years ago at the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, thanks to a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation, which is committed to bringing faith, hope and love to people all over the world with special needs.
The dance itself is organized by Through the Roof Ministry, an organization that focuses on serving adults in Palm Beach County with special needs, lead by Rev. Phyllis Parthemer, pastor of the ministry. She is also Ashley’s mother, and knows very well just how important this night is not only to her daughter, but to her as well.
“We have limo rides, and each one of them walk the red carpet and are crowned kings or queens of the prom,” Parthemer said. “The premise is for every guest to experience the prom as if they were the guest of honor. There are tears shed. It’s wonderful to watch.”