People with special needs experience prom at White Lake Township church


These weren't your typical celebrities, however.

The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsors the event in churches across the country on the same day.

"I came here to have a glorious time at the dance", said Sammi Huffman of Fruitport.

The theme of the prom is a Night to Shine. "So, I feel like we are just giving them a relief and trying to incorporate their kids in something that every kid goes to in high school". "What about dancing?" "No I like sports", Chris said. "The happiness of everyone else is my favorite part".

According to organizers, over 200 people from across the Pine Belt participated in the event with over 400 volunteers.

"I got some moves". Inside, hundreds of volunteers, caregivers and more gathered as they placed the finishing touches on not only the atmosphere, but the guests as well.

Guests arrived at the Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster for an unforgettable prom experience including paparazzi. "Sometimes they're overlooked, sometimes they don't have that kind of attention. and we want them to feel like they're the most precious person in God's sight". "The hair and make-up they did a great job here".

Hope Church in Dubuque prepares for 2018 Night to Shine
Hope Church in Dubuque prepares for 2018 Night to Shine

The guests weren't the only ones being pampered at the event.

Greeted with claps, cheers, camera flashes and the royal treatment, Jolie Rabideau was excited to attend with her classmate, Joel. So we are constantly looking for ways to serve; and whenever we do, people are generous, they volunteer their time, they give money, they serve others. "I think this really draws attention to how awesome of a group this is". Everyone is happy to be with each other. "They can dance the night away".

"It's just really exciting just the atmosphere and just the joy on their faces", said Brannen.

Eric and Katie, dressed and ready to go to the Night to Shine event.

And while the dance might be in the dead of winter, it comes at the right time for her. Terrazas said her sister had to receive numerous brain surgeries.

Joe Sharpe and his "buddy, ' Megan Kramer, are introduced as they enter the 'Night to Shine" prom Friday at the Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. A cliché, maybe, but that didn't matter to the people wearing them.