April 2, 2020

Prom Update

As the nation has been ordered to “socially distance” themselves from others and not congregate in large groups, the decision has been made to POSTPONE A Night to Remember Prom. An event like ANTR, which requires large groups of friends, family and paparazzi to come together in celebration, must happen, but not right now.

What does this mean for you? Here are the answers to your FAQ’s:

Is ANTR Prom cancelled?
NO! We are postponing the event. It is not cancelled.

What is the new date for ANTR Prom?
With the changing status of this pandemic, we will HOLD OFF on announcing the new date until May 1st. Our best estimate is that ANTR will be rescheduled for a date in June or July.

I am a CONFIRMED Honored Guest. What does that mean for me?
ALL Registrations will REMAIN CONFIRMED. Once the new date is announced, we will transfer all Honored Guests to the new date. When the new date is selected, ANTR will then send out an email announcing the new date and, at that time, you can “keep or cancel” your reservation.

I am on the WAITING LIST as an Honored Guest. What does that mean for me?
Everyone on the waiting list will remain on the waiting list, in the order they registered. Once we announce the new date, if our confirmed Honored Guests choose to cancel, we will move those from the waiting list to the confirmed list to fill their spots (in the order they are on the list).

What happens to my Tuxedo Rental?
Men’s Warehouse has kept everyone’s measurements and will transfer your tuxedo rental to our new ANTR event date (once it’s announced). For those that get transferred from the waiting list, you will be sent instructions to be fitted directly at Men’s Warehouse.

What is happening with my formal dress?
We completed all of our Dress fittings. If you had a dress that needed alterations, those dresses are being sewed and completed. You will be contacted by our sewing team to pick up your dress at EastLake Church when it’s completed. (Please wait patiently for a phone call.) For those that get transferred from the waiting list, they will need to supply their own dress for the night of the dance. We no longer have an inventory of dresses.

I was registered as a STUDENT HOST, now what?
All our student hosts will REMAIN CONFIRMED. Once the new date is announced, we will transfer all Student Hosts to the new date. We will then send out an email and you can “keep or cancel” your reservation. We will fill in the cancellations with students from the current waiting list.

I was registered as an ADULT VOLUNTEER, now what?
All our Adult Volunteers will REMAIN CONFIRMED. Once the new date is announced, we will transfer all Volunteers to the new date. We will then send out an email and you can “keep or cancel” your reservation. We will fill in the cancellations by re-opening our website for those teams that still have openings.

Thank you for your flexibility. We continue to pray for our ANTR Prom friends and our country as we battle this pandemic. Stay healthy, keep washing those hands and we look forward to celebrating with you this summer!

With love,

Rob & Cheryl Shields
Founder & Executive Director
A Night to Remember Prom

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Some people have asked about the status of A Night to Remember Prom in light of the Coronavirus and whether it will occur on April 24, 2020 as scheduled.

A Night to Remember Prom is still 6 weeks away; therefore, we have made the decision to not cancel or postpone the event at this time. We are very closely monitoring the impact the virus has here in San Diego County.  We are also monitoring alerts from the County Department of Public Health and the CDC.

We continue to pray that the virus will have run its course over the next few weeks, and life will soon return to normal. We will officially notify everyone about the status of ANTR Prom by April 10th.  Please check ANTR’s website on April 10th.  

Also, if you have not picked out your dress or been fitted for a tuxedo, your last opportunities are tonight (March 12th) from 6:00-8:30 at EastLake Church and Saturday, March 14th  from 8:30am-10am. If a decision is made to postpone the Prom, there will not be any additional dress or tuxedo fittings.

Keep those hands washed and stay healthy,

Rob & Cheryl Shields
Founder/ Executive Director of A Night to Remember Prom for students with Special Needs

I am including the latest information we have regarding the virus and steps each of us can take:

The San Diego County Public Health – Diseases and Conditions Unit has assessed the county’s present level of risk and has activated at Level 3, which is their lowest level.

Prevention and Staying Healthy

To stop the transmission of this virus, it is recommended by the CDC to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough (with a tissue if possible or point your mouth into your arm), then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Soap and water helps!! The virus will break down if exposed to soap, so there is no need to only use disinfectant agents when cleaning.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of Coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases.
    • The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings-at home or in a health care facility.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Faqs About the Coronavirus

  • Is there a vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus?
    • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease but there is no reason to panic.
    • As always, you should stay home if you are sick [with any kind of illness, not just the Coronavirus] and do not visit others if you are sick.
  • How sick are people with Coronavirus getting?
    • Most people (80%) have no or mild symptoms and they recover completely.
    • 20% get sicker and need medical care.
    • Between 2-3% can get quite ill and may require hospitalization; the disease can lead to death.
    • Typically it is the most vulnerable individuals—those who are older or have a chronic disease—who become ill first.
  • How is Coronavirus spread?
    • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • This occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Masks don’t cover your eyes, which is why masks don’t prevent healthy persons from exposure.
    • The CDC is concerned that it might be possible that a person can get Coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
    • It might be possible for the virus to spread before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus.
    •  Some persons with the Coronavirus may never have any symptoms, and therefore not realize they are spreading the disease which is why basic prevention steps are useful for everyone.
  • Why are some counties declaring a health care emergency?
    • This allows them to better prepare in case coronavirus infections are diagnosed in their county.
    • It is not an indicator of anything more than increasing their ability to respond to the virus.
    • This is important as worldwide Coronavirus is spreading, especially in Asia and Europe although numerous other countries now have some cases.
  • What should I say if someone asks me what I know about Coronavirus?
    • Share the websites with others to ensure others in the community have the most accurate and timely information.

Here are some useful websites with constantly updated information.

A Letter from Rob & Cheryl Shields

Please read a special letter from Rob & Cheryl Shields regarding the 2020 A Night to Remember Prom.

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A Night to Remember is a FREE Prom honoring students with special needs ages 15-22 years old.

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Learn about why and how A Night to Remember was started and has grown to 850 students in attendance.

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