The Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, Night to Shine celebrated it’s eighth anniversary as thousands from around the world came together to honor those with disabilities. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Night to Shine 2022 entailed a worldwide parade and virtual celebration.
The staff at Team 12 knew the individuals they serve were disappointed to miss another in person event again this year, so instead organized a mini “Night to Shine” in the community room at the BCFR main office. Residents from each of the sites came together to celebrate in person and watch the virtual celebration together.
Direct Support Specialist Alicia said, “It was definitely a team effort, last year it was online as well and everyone was sitting in an apartment watching. We wanted to do something more exciting this year.”
Supported living residents dressed in their finest, walked a makeshift red carpet, enjoyed dinner supplied by the Friends of BCFR, and sang karaoke while enjoying the Night to Shine Livestream show on the oversized TVs in the BCFR community room.
Director of Supported Living Natasha Sigoloff was thrilled to see everyone enjoying the evening together. She said, “The Night to Shine event not only afforded the individuals served the opportunity to get dressed up and gather together for a night of fun but it also allowed the SL staff to take a break from their daily tasks to laugh, dance and witness the pure joy from the individuals that love these events so much. We are so grateful for the wonderful staff that assisted the individuals with preparations for the dance. Having the new Community Room to host events like this is truly a blessing.”