Two residents shine at prom event

GRAFTON—Two local residents enjoyed a night of fun and dancing during a special evening.

Billy Davis, or the Taylor County Tie Man, and Trisha Sapp were treated to a night of dancing, karaoke and a wonderful meal, as part of the Night to Shine, an invitation-only event held at South Ridge Church, in Fairmont.

Across the nation, individuals were getting glammed up for the special event as over 700 churches opened their doors for Night to Shine. It takes thousands of volunteers to pull off this magical evening.

Locally, over 400 volunteers came together to help with South Ridge Church’s event.

Launched in 2015, Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people, ages 14 and older, with special needs and is centered around God’s love for them. The special event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Night to Shine is my favorite night of the year,” said Tim Tebow in a press release. “IT is also a favorite night for thousands and thousands of kings and queens all over the world that we crown at the end of this prom.”

He said that it is his belief that every town, every county or village, every state and every country should host the event for those with special needs in the community.

“It’s a time in which people can work together and be a part of something significant and life-changing,” Tebow expressed. “And be blessed in the process. It’s about being part of one team, God’s team.”

Every guest that entered Night to Shine was treated like royalty from the very first step, as they graced a complimentary red carpet in front of a crowd and the flashing lights of paparazzi. 

Before hitting the carpet, participants are treated to hair and makeup stations and shoe-shining areas. What prom experience would be complete without a ride in a limousine and the exchange of boutonnieres and corsages.

“Trisha and I had a blast,” shared Davis. “We got to play games, ride in a limousine and meet the Mountaineer. It was like a circus type of prom.”

While Sapp enjoyed the entire evening, she said that her favorite part of Night to Shine was the music and dancing. According to her mother, Sapp is an avid fan of song and dance and often plays a dancing game on her gaming system.

Davis agreed that one of his favorite parts of the special prom was dancing the night way, along with having their pictures taken together.

In addition to dancing and fun, guests were treated to a catered dinner, and the evening was topped off with the crowing of this year’s Night to Shine Kings and Queens.

“Everything is designed with our guests in mind and the special evening is all for them,” said a representative from South Ridge Church. “This is a gift to those people who might not be given the opportunity to celebrate in their own unique way.”

Guests of this year’s Night to Shine spent the evening creating an unforgettable night, filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

To learn more about Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit


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