CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — People with special needs were the stars of the show at this red carpet event.
The Tim Tebow Foundation and First Christian Church partnered to host the “Night to Shine” prom dance. This is the 3rd annual event and this year more people came than ever before.
They pulled out all the stops for this party. Anybody with special needs ages 14 and up could come and bring their families for night of food, music, and friendship. The red carpet was rolled out, and paparazzi cameras were flashing.
Samantha Beissmann says, “My mom did this hair for me. It took a couple hours.”
The guys and gals got all dressed up for prom night.
Dylan Overmyer showed off his boutonniere saying, “I have this flower and I say “how you doin’?”
This prom is unlike any other. Event coordinator Kelsey Wright says, “We can do hair, makeup, nails, we have all sorts of professionals doing that. They get to have corsages and boutonnieres. They get to take limo rides, karaoke, we’ve got two photo booths this year.”
Pictures capture a moment they won’t soon forget. Beissmann says, “I love to dance, have fun with friends, make new friends.”
Take one look around the room, and you’ll see everybody looked like a prom king and queen. But what makes this prom extraordinary was that they’re getting a chance to do something they may have never done before. Wright says, “We’re celebrating really special individuals in our community who are sometimes overlooked. We believe that god loves each and every one of us. We feel like it’s important they recognize that and know that too.”
140 people with special needs came to the event. One of the best parts of the night was that every single person was crowned prom king and queen.