Summer Orban had just finished having her hair styled before settling into a makeup chair. She excitedly took selfies, admiring the work of the stylists. This was her big night.
Summer was preparing for the 5th annual Night To Shine prom for young people with developmental disabilities. She is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism.
Summer attended the Night to Shine event at One Church in Gahanna. The lead pastor at the church, Greg Ford, is the father of two boys with autism.
Night To Shine was created by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow and operated by Tebow’s foundation. Former Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer attended the event at Rock City Church in Hilliard.
The event has grown significantly over the past five years, serving more than 100,000 people with disabilities. More than 650 churches across the nation hosted Night to Shine events this year.