Tickets On Sale Now for “An Evening Of Shining Stars”

8th annual special needs talent show set for May 3rd One of the area’s most anticipated events — “An Evening of Shining Stars” — featuring members of the special needs community, will take place on Friday May 3rd, 2019 at 7:00pm. Founded by Cranford resident Sally Curci, the 8th annual showcase will feature another talented […]

Shining Stars Rock the Stage at First Holiday Show

The Christmas spirit was shared by a near sellout audience of 600 at the first-ever Shining Stars Christmas Spectacular, featuring a talented cast of forty who performed to a standing ovation at Union Catholic High School on November 30th. It was the first time in the seven-year history of Shining Stars that they took the […]

Investors Foundation Donates $1000 to Shining Stars

Everyone at Shining Stars Network would like to extend our sincere thanks to CEO Kevin Cummings and the Investors Bank Foundation for their generous donation of $1000.00 towards our continuing goal of creating opportunities in the performing arts for the special needs community. Cranford branch manager Juan Rengifo is pictured with the entire Shining Stars […]

Jockeys to face Ambassadors on Sept. 24th. 2018

The Shining Stars Ambassadors special needs basketball team will face members of the Monmouth Park Jockey colony in a benefit basketball game on Monday September 24, 2018 at the Maple Place School in Oceanport. The Ambassadors travel the state to play first responders and other community teams to promote inclusion, friendship and understanding, while sharing […]


Special needs talent show draws 1,000 for 7th annual event It was truly their night to shine! With a crowd of over 1,000 packed into the historic Union County Arts Center, the Shining Stars cast put on a spectacular performance, singing and dancing their way through “Music From the Decades” — which featured songs from the […]

Sally Curci Honored by State of N.J. for Volunteerism

Each year the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.   The 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presentation ceremony and celebration of volunteerism was held at the War Memorial in Trenton on the afternoon of Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Ordinary people […]

Ambassadors to Face Cranford PBA in Basketball Game Friday Night

One of the most exciting basketball games of the season is coming to Cranford this Friday night, April 13th, when the Shining Stars Ambassadors special needs basketball team takes on the Cranford PBA in a charity fundraiser. The fun and excitement will begin at 7:00 pm at the Cranford High School lower gym. Suggested admission […]

Cranford Elks donate $1,000 to Shining Stars

Since the beginning of the Shining Stars talent shows seven years ago, the Cranford Elks have been supporting our mission of helping the special needs community shine. And the Elks are right beside us again, generously donating $1,000 to this year’s show as we look to make it bigger and better than ever. Special thanks […]