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Thursday, October 17, 2019
Riverbend Community Church welcomed special needs guests recently to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine at The Palace Center, Allentown. Krissie Perrin of Macungie and Hannah Morgan of River Edge, N.J., along with Leah John of Coopersburg attended the gala affair. Riverbend Community Church welcomed special needs guests recently to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine at The Palace Center, Allentown. Krissie Perrin of Macungie and Hannah Morgan of River Edge, N.J., along with Leah John of Coopersburg attended the gala affair.
PRESS PHOTO COURTESY PGCDuring a recent Parkland Garden Club meeting the club received a certificate of donation from Riverbend Community Church and Night to Shine Leadership Team for corsages made and worn at the event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY PGCDuring a recent Parkland Garden Club meeting the club received a certificate of donation from Riverbend Community Church and Night to Shine Leadership Team for corsages made and worn at the event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Tina and Mary Eitzenberger, mother and daughter stylists, provide hair styling for guests who want to add a touch of glamour to their look. Tina works for Forte Salon in Bethlehem and Mary works for Revolt Hair Studio in Allentown. Tina and Mary Eitzenberger, mother and daughter stylists, provide hair styling for guests who want to add a touch of glamour to their look. Tina works for Forte Salon in Bethlehem and Mary works for Revolt Hair Studio in Allentown.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESMonica Vega of Walnutport is a ‘Night to Shine’ event buddy for Shernell Pierre of Emmaus. Buddies volunteer to help guests at the event. PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESMonica Vega of Walnutport is a ‘Night to Shine’ event buddy for Shernell Pierre of Emmaus. Buddies volunteer to help guests at the event.

‘A Night to Shine’ sparkles at The Palace

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Local News

Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most special people a chance to dress up, be feted and to have fun at a prom just for them.

The recent celebration at The Palace Center, Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby complete with red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered.

After passing through a tremendous arch of balloons, the guests registered and met their buddy.

Cloak room staffers gathered coats guests had worn against the cold night air.

In another corner, a makeup and hair dressing room had been created for anyone who had a curl out of place.

The service was provided by volunteers most of whom were experts in their field.

Mother and daughter team, Tina and Mary Eitzenberger, provided hair styling for guests who wanted to add glamour to their look.

Tina works for Forte Salon in Bethlehem and Mary works for Revolt Hair Studio, Allentown.

A shoe shine booth was available for male guests to add gloss on their shoes. Pastor Mark Tramontina was one of the volunteers providing shoe shine services.

He said his military experiences with shining shoes made him an expert.

A refreshment stand had plenty of water and coffee. A table of pastries awaited the guests.

Floral bouquets and boutonnieres were tied with ribbon or expertly pinned and ready for the ladies and gentlemen.

The event is a program of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

According to the foundation’s website, “The vision was simple … work with churches around the country to provide an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.”

According to Monica Tramontina, wife of Pastor Mark Tramontina, 650 churches world-wide sponsored similar events on the same night.

She said 350 volunteers helped organize and staff the event where every special-needs guest was accompanied by a buddy whose job was to make sure the guests had a great time.

Monica Tramontina said it is the third year Riverbend Community church has organized the event.