‘Night to Shine’ was night to remember

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A prom over the weekend in Waco for those with special needs was a huge success for the second year in a row.

(Photo courtesy of Emily Christian)

The “Night to Shine” event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, a nonprofit started by the star athlete, was held at hundreds of churches simultaneously worldwide Friday night, including Crestview Church of Christ in Waco.

“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.

A total of 140 prom-goers from 14-years-old to 82-years-old came dressed in their evening gowns and tuxedos alongside volunteers who signed up to accompany them as their “buddies.”

So many volunteers signed up, organizers had more than needed this year.

The guests were treated to limo rides, hair and makeup, shoe shining and a red carpet until the wet weather forced the group to shut it down.

Therapists from Elite Therapy Center in Waco and Heart of Texas Independent Living in Belton were also on hand to assist if needed.

“Many parents tell us this is the only event were they feel like their kids can be without them,” Christian said.

“Because of all the people coming together and therapists helping they know they can trust us.”

KWTX anchors Taina Maya and Gordon Collier crowned every guest as prom king and queens.

“It went really well,” Christian said.

“The second time you do something it’s usually always better. Everyone was having fun and it was good, really good.”

The church says they plan to reapply and hopefully secure the event again for next February.

“For me, it’s a little glimpse of what heaven is going to look like. No one has to be self-conscious about their limitations. Everyone is celebrating them there and it’s just so full of joy,” Christian said.