HOUSTON—The second floor of the Omni Houston Hotel is filled with joyful commotion and a scent of hairspray in the air. The Superstars are getting ready to shine on the red carpet tonight: girls with their moms and sisters, boys who decided to get a touch-up by professional hair and make-up artists, who volunteer for the event. The music sets the mood and the chatter goes on.
The honorees are excited to pose for pictures and give interviews. While the organizers are excited and anxious because it is the first time the Night of Superstars takes place in Houston and more than 500 guests attend the event. The Hollywood-like charity event gathers officials, celebrities and media to celebrate the accomplishments of the outstanding young people who perform beyond their potential in various areas despite the challenges.
“Every child has a breathtaking story. You cannot walk away from it without being inspired by what these everyday heroes do,” said Tanya White, host committee chair of the Night of Superstars.
James Parker is one of the Superstars who cannot verbally express his excitement. Instead he shakes hands and gives away smiles that magnetize the people he encounters. He drives around in a wheelchair in a new tuxedo and a green bowtie that goes along with his company’s brand.
“We are proud of James to receive this award and participate in such a grand event that celebrates children with special needs who deserve the support of the community,” said Renee Parker, company manager for Shredding on the Go (SOTG).
Her son, James Parker, a young man with physical and developmental disabilities, is the owner of the document destruction company. His business empowers adults with disabilities who are eager to work and participate in the community by performing shredding.
“The story of Shredding on the Go is a powerful example of what determination and community support can achieve. With this event we hope to create awareness about outstanding entrepreneurs and young adults who inspire us to look beyond the difficulties,” said Greg Johnson, founder of the Night of Superstars.