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Locals light up the dance floor at 'Night to Shine' Event

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Published: Feb. 9, 2018 at 11:20 PM CST
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Crestview Church of Christ hosted a special needs prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

It was one of over 500 churches selected around the world to host a prom for people of all ages with special needs.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to hair and makeup touch-ups and shoe-shinings.

They traded in the parents and guardians who brought them to the church for assigned "buddies"- designated dance partners to guarantee a harmless, good time.

After a round of professional photos, everyone packed into an array of limousines- from stretch Hummers to classic Lincolns- for a ride around the block before getting a curb-side service drop-off at an awaiting red carpet.

"I was so excited," says guest Ms. Marson, beaming.

A marching band played pop hits and cheerleaders shouted as prom guests danced down the aisle, and the "paparazzi" snapped pictures.

Opportunities for more photos were right around the corner with a line of photo booths- complete with cardboard mustaches and instant printouts.

Guests were finally escorted to the dance floor where they let loose for hours to hits like "24 Karat Magic" and "Wobble".

"I want to give a shout out to the DJ in there," says Joe who came to dance.

"He's been playing some really good songs!"

There were intermittent breaks of slower beats when many took the opportunity to grab a plate of Chick-fil-A® Nuggets, round of mini cupcakes or a martini glass of customized mashed potatoes.

Toward the end of the night, everyone gathered to watch a special message from football star Tim Tebow, announcing that every special person there was elected as a prom king or queen.

"I'm so happy, I could cry," says guest Deborah Adams.

Each was crowned by volunteers that included local and statewide pageant queens and News 10's own Julie Hays and Rusty Garrett.

Afterwards, the newly crowned kings and queens hit the dance floor for a few more songs before the night ended.

*Be sure to check out our Valentine's Day special when we'll show how one 28 year-old spent the day preparing for his very first prom.