'Night to Shine' honors people with special needs with their own prom

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –More than 720 churches from around the world are participating in an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs. Guests enter on a red carpet, and enjoy a night full of fun and dancing.

Click on the video to see the priceless reactions of special guests celebrating at Mount Pleasant Church in Greenwood!

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The Night to Shine event was launched by the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2015. In its first year, the event honored more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom at 44 host churches. This year, more than 700 host churches celebrated more than 100,000 honored guests with special needs. 26 of them here in Indiana.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi.

"They come on to the red carpet and you can just see the joy on everyone's face," said Johnette Cruz with Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. "They're super excited and they’re super pumped to be here.”

Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, and prom favors for each honored guest.

"It’s like the best prom for anybody, really,” Cruz said. "It's their one night to have fun and be remembered as being celebrated and loved for who they are regardless of their circumstances.”

There is also a Respite Room for parents and caretakers, and a dance floor... all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

 

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