Central Indiana teens prepare for ‘a night to shine,’ a special prom hosted for teens with special needs

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2016) – Dozens of Central Indiana teenagers are fit and ready for prom.

And the event is promising to be big.

Paparazzi. A red carpet. Even a salon.

“Here’s a black and white one right here,” a volunteer said Saturday afternoon.

But first these teens spent the day finding the perfect attire.

“I am very excited,” Mickey Deputy said, a high school senior.

In mid-February, Deputy will join other teens attending A Night to Shine prom. The Tim Tebow Foundation has partnered with churches nationwide to bring glitz, glamour and generosity to teens with special needs.

“For her to be able to come in and look at a rack of dresses and take three or four of them into a dressing room and try them on and find one,” Jenny Deputy said, Mickey’s mother. “Her jaw dropped.”

Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood is preparing to be a first-time host.

“It’s very emotional at times,” Rea Gray said, one of the event organizers. “We just know they are going to have a great time.”

Volunteers on Saturday helped students pick out dresses, jewelry and coats, all donated from church members and the community.

“It’s priceless to see her face light up when she puts on something that fits and makes her look and feel beautiful,” Jenny Deputy said. “That’s what every mom wants to do with their teenage girl.”

The prom is scheduled for Feb. 12.

Organizers said already about 120 teens are signed up.

“I’m very excited for this prom,” Mickey Deputy said. “If you have a dream, just do it. I love you.”