Recently, co-founder Robert Shields was featured in the California Bar Journal for his work in creating the A Night to Remember Prom. You’ll find a link to the full article at the bottom of this post.
Robert A. Shields, a partner at San Diego’s Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, spends most of the year as a defense litigator representing Fortune 500 companies in product liability and breach of warranty claims. But come January, he does double duty helping his wife of 15 years, Cheryl, a former event planner, gear up for “A Night to Remember Prom.”
The couple began throwing the annual bash three years ago to honor special education students. The event, complete with limos, red carpet and paparazzi, pairs mainstream high school students with special needs students for a night of fun, dancing and camaraderie. For these students and their families it’s a life-altering experience. The Shields, parents of 10-year-old triplets, were inspired during a visit to Rob’s hometown of Rockford, Ill., where their local church held a similar affair. Back in San Diego, the couple carried the concept several giant steps further.
Now approaching its fourth year, the party has grown from 300 to 800 students, with 150 more on this year’s waiting list. Since they began, the couple has drawn interest from other communities from the Bay Area to Milwaukee about hosting a similar event. Already, students from Orange County and Palm Springs have traveled to San Diego to attend the prom there.