S H O U T O U T S At this very special night sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, everyone is a prom queen or king. On Feb. 7, 2020, the sixth anniversary of Night to Shine, close to 700 churches around the world will roll out the red carpet for anyone 14 or older with special needs. Guests get the royal treatment, including limousine rides, hair and makeup, shoeshine, corsage or boutonniere, a catered dinner and more, all at no cost. In Oxford, Grace Bible Church’s Night to Shine will take place 6-9 p.m. at the Oxford Conference Center. In New Albany, Hillcrest Baptist Church’s Night to Shine will take place 7-10 p.m. at the church. Hillcrest is one of 42 churches that participated in the event in its first year. Michelle Armstrong is a Tim Tebow representative and a member of the church’s special needs committee. “One of my favorite memories would be seeing the smiles on each face and knowing this is their night to shine and fit
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in, in a world that always tells them no,” Armstrong said. Anyone can get involved with Night to Shine by donating or by registering as a volunteer. “It is a remarkable night and such a blessing,” Armstrong said. “When you sign up as a volunteer, you hope that you can be a blessing to the kings and queens in some
capacity; however, the volunteer is the one who walks away with the biggest blessing.” Visit hillcrestministries.com/nts to volunteer or donate to Hillcrest’s Night to Shine. To request to be added to the waitlist to attend, call 662-534-4821, extension 201. To volunteer, donate or register to attend Grace Bible’s Night to Shine, visit nighttoshineoxford.com.
C a l l a’s Mo no g ra m s When Calla Brassfield’s youngest child was born, she decided to become a stay-athome mom. She also bought a small sewing and embroidery machine and taught herself how to monogram. She’s now owner and designer of a successful business, Calla’s Monograms, in Bruce. Brassfield said one of the best parts about the business is the connection she forms with her clients. “You create a relationship when designing a custom piece,” Brassfield said. “You have to know and understand what your customers want. I love pulling that out of them and then seeing the joy and excitement on their faces when they see their item. It makes my day when they share their pictures with me.”
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Those relationships continue as customers return to her for special items to outfit their growing families. “Baby reveal items are my favorite,” Brassfield said. “I love that I get to be included in a very important time in their life. From the reveal, to their coming home outfit, to their first holidays and birthday shirts.” Brassfield finds inspiration for her projects from newly released designs. She sells her goods in a booth in Veronica Kate’s Floral and Gift Boutique in Bruce and online through Facebook and Etsy. She hopes to one day open her own store. Find Brassfield by searching “Calla’s Monograms” on Facebook or check out her Etsy shop at monogramsfrombrucems.