Archived News & Events, February 2018

February 23, 2018

A Night to Shine with Merakey AVS

On February 9, individuals from Merakey and Merakey AVS put on their prom dresses and tuxedos to head to the Night to Shine Prom. 37 individuals attended proms held at two local churches: Woodland Valley Church in Cranberry, PA and The Bible Chapel in McMurray, PA. Each location, hosted by The Tim Tebow Foundation, featured an unforgettable prom night experience for individuals with special needs.

Each guest was welcomed to the event on a red carpet, complete with a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. A television inside the event displayed a live feed for guests to watch as everyone arrived. Once inside, guests received corsages and boutonnieres and were crowned prom king or queen. They also sang karaoke, enjoyed delicious refreshments and danced the night away! Each guest left at the end of the event with a favor to remember their evening.

“This program is amazing,” commented Merakey AVS house manager Nancy Hoover. “The ladies looked beautiful and had a fantastic time!” Merakey is grateful for both the area churches as well as the Tim Tebow Foundation for partnering with us in enriching the lives of the individuals that we serve.

February 23, 2018

Dancing with the Cars

Guests gathered at the Dancing with the Cars event on February 15 to witness the presentation of the check for the 2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP). Hosted by the presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF), the event served as a preview for the 2018 Pittsburgh International Auto Show.

Unveiled at the Ford stage in front of a large audience, Tony Brown from Merakey AVS expressed his gratitude for the PVGP for its importance to the lives of him and his peers. The Autism Society’s Anita Iyengar also spoke about the impact of PVGP on her life. The GPADF then presented both the Merakey Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society with a check for $350,000 – bringing the 35-year charity’s donation total to more than $5 million!

Merakey AVS had more than 64 guests at the event, including 7 ambassadors and their accompanying staff members. The festivities for the event included dancing, delicious food, amazing cars and great company. Merakey AVS is grateful to the PVGP and to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, drivers and more for their commitment to the individuals that we support.

February 16, 2018

Wicked Sensory Performance

Wicked Sensory PerformanceOn February 3, 114 individuals and staff members attended a sensory-friendly performance of Wicked. The show was designed to serve patrons with sensory sensitivities and other special needs. Adaptations included: relaxed house rules, and lower light and sound levels; trained volunteers and staff members were available throughout the performance to provide assistance, as needed.

“We all loved it,” reported House Manager Kristy Fuller. “The show kept everyone’s attention and many were singing and dancing in their seats. It was truly one of the best shows I've been to.” “I observed many of the individuals looking around at the beautiful surroundings of the Benedum Center,” commented staff member Marie Brozenic. “There are so many things for the senses at this performance.”

Attendance at this performance was made possible through a grant from the Walter F. and Ellen H. Nicoden Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

January 25, 2018

Night to Shine – Worldwide Prom for People with Disabilities – February 9, 2018!

Night to shine The Night to Shine (hosted by The Tim Tebow Foundation) is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs/disabilities ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, churches around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests, and we want Merakey to be a part of it! Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing!

REGISTER NOW for this FREE event! Each participating church handles its own registration and has a capacity limit. To Register:
• Visit timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine and search for participating locations in your area.
• Once you find a convenient location, Google search the church name and register for the event at the specific church.

Proms are located in states where Merakey provides services. Let us know if you have consumers who will be attending. We’d love to share stories about it through Merakey Communications. Note: Photographers, videographers, and media will likely be in attendance. If registering an Merakey client, be sure that the individual has full approvals to be photographed by outside groups.