Fifth annual Night to Shine brings prom to people with special needs

Guests enjoy dancing at the Night to Shine prom event Friday evening. The event allows people with special needs to enjoy a prom experience. (Lexie Petrovic/KRCG13)

Over 500 churches across the world participated in a Night to Shine prom event Friday evening, hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Night to Shine was first launched in 2015, and began with 44 churches. Jeremy Redman, a volunteer and the pastor of Captial West Christian Church, said the event's purpose is to provide an unforgettable prom experience while focusing on God's love. Redman said lots of planning went into the event.

"Countless hours, months of preparation, hundreds of volunteers to make something like this happen," he said.

Redman said the lavish night began with the transportation to the event.

"They have had paparazzi filming them and taking photos as they walked the red carpet," he said. "They've had a chance for karaoke and singing and they just scarfed down some Chick-fil-A."

In addition to the karaoke, guests could enjoy a hair and makeup station, dancing and a photo booth. Night to Shine guest Richard Thomas said he looks forward to the event every year.

"Just an awesome event, like a high school prom," he said. "Great food, great music, a lot of wonderful people here tonight."

Thomas said his favorite part was the chicken from Chick-fil-A. He said the night was all he had hoped for.

"It started with the red carpet, and then you get the shoe shine," he said. "We came and ate the food and we will probably do the limo a little bit later."

Redman said he credited the success of the event to Tim Tebow and his faith.

"Tim Tebow has never been afraid to share his faith and his desire for missions and what he is doing with his family, and this is a special way for him - because of his faith - to give back to communities all around the world," he said. "We are just happy to be apart of his heart, resonate with him, and to love people in a great way- in a special way."

Redman said while the event is a lot of work, the end result is always worth it.

"I think the smiles on their face is what makes it the most rewarding of all, that they really are enjoying themselves and that they do feel special which is why we do what we do," he said.

For more information on Night to Shine and the Tim Tebow Foundation, click here.

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