Lake Erie College students had a chance again this year to participate in Night to Shine, an event established by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Over 100 members of the LEC community volunteered their time to give people with special needs from the Lake County area a prom-like event tailor-made to leave them with an unforgettable experience. Guests and volunteers gathered at Painesville Baptist Church on Friday, February 7 for a truly special evening.
This is the fourth year that LEC has participated in Painesville’s Night to Shine event. Associate Professor of Special Education Dr. Katie Krammer organized the student and faculty volunteers and assists the Night to Shine event planners with organizing prom dates or “buddies.” With her leadership, students from various majors, faculty and staff from all across campus had a chance to experience an opportunity, that while perhaps out of their comfort zone for many, allowed them to spend an incredible time with the 130 special guests at the event. The groups represented included athletic teams, Lake Erie College ambassadors, natural science and mathematics majors and more.
“Night to Shine has become an event that I hold close to my heart,” says Ennis Thomas ‘20, an LEC men’s basketball player. “The love and energy in the room is unmatched. To anyone who is curious about the event, know this, doing a selfless act is the feel good memory you'll cherish for the rest of your life.”
Night to Shine rolls out the red carpet every year for guests. Activities included a photo booth, refreshments, a DJ playing prom dance music, and a sensory friendly room for guests to relax. Those in attendance were celebrated for who they are, and given a chance to party with consideration for their conditions, ranging from autism, heart conditions, deafness and more. Those interested in participating in the future can mark their calendars for February 5, 2021.