Waco: Local church urges signups for special needs prom

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Planning is well underway for a local church to host a special needs prom sponsored by the foundation of star athlete Tim Tebow, but signups have been slow and the organization is hoping to spread the word about the big event planned for early February.

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“We have been hard at work preparing every detail that we can to make this a night for our special needs community to truly get a night to shine and to make them feel as special as we know they are,” said Emily Christian with Crestview Church of Christ.

Crestview Church of Christ in Waco was selected as one of more than 400 churches worldwide to host simultaneous proms for people with special needs put on by Tebow’s foundation.

The church opened signups in early November for the “Night to Shine” event on Friday, Feb. 9, but there are still more than a hundred spots open for attendees organizers think because of the busyness of the holiday season.

The only requirement is that those signing up be older than 14.

It’s free to register and organizers are working hard to make it as cheap as possible for someone to go, possibly even free.

There’s an effort underway to collect dresses attendees can choose from for free to wear.

They’re hoping a tuxedo business steps up to provide a discounted rate for tuxedos.

Once guests arrive to the prom there’s plenty of free fun planned, too.

“We'll have the red carpet, limousines, hair and makeup that the girls can come in and have done for them and also shoe shine for the guys,” said Crestview community minister Jack Whiddon.

“We've got karaoke room, games rooms, we’ve got a room for the caregivers who need to stay.”