Special prom for special people needs some special volunteers

Last year more than 140 turned out for the prom and this year the church is expecting more than 175 meaning there’s a greater need for volunteers to serve as “buddies” for the night. (Courtesy photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The annual Night to Shine event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation is quickly approaching and a local church has been chosen for the third year in a row as one of the more than 375 churches around the world that will simultaneously host proms for those with special needs.

Crestview Church of Christ in Waco will host the prom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on, Feb. 7 for those with special needs who are 14 and older and organizers are making a final push for more volunteers and a few more donations.

Last year more than 140 turned out for the prom and this year the church is expecting more than 175 meaning there’s a greater need for volunteers to serve as “buddies” for the night.

Their role is to stick with prom-goers throughout the evening so they can enjoy a night out away from those who generally help take care of them.

“We definitely need buddies,” said Kari McKown with Elite Therapy Center.

“And I promise if you sign up to register to be a buddy you will be blessed more than anything that night.”

Also needed this year are additional donations of prom dresses, specifically larger sizes, and tuxedos for the participants to wear.

In years past, local choirs or bands have donated the tuxedos and organizers are hoping something similar will happen this year.

"We need everything from photographers to hair and makeup to limousines,” McKown said.

“We need people just to stand along the red carpet so if there's cheerleading groups or football groups or basketball groups that want to be in their uniforms or even just families, they can sign up to do that. "

The event features limo rides, a red carpet entrance with a crowd and plenty of paparazzi.

Once inside the guests get the royal treatment which includes hair and makeup stations as well as shoe shining and free flowers.

A karaoke room along with a dance floor and food is also provided.

Katy Siegmund, 27, has attended the prom in the past and already has her outfit picked out for this year.

While her mom says it’s hard to get her daughter off the dancefloor, Katy says her favorite part is arriving to the evening in style.

“I love riding in a limousine,” Katy said with a huge smile.

Crestview children’s minister Emily Christian says it’s a night she knows no one ever forgets.

“It’s hard to describe but really the thing that is so hard to put into words is you see God’s love everywhere,” said organizer Emily Christian.