Adults and teens with special needs got the royal treatment with cheers — and even paparazzi — as they headed down a red carpet to attend a prom held in their honor.
More than 150 special-needs teens and adults from Dallas-Fort Worth attended Night to Shine on Friday at Compass Christian Church, 2600 Hall Johnson Road.
The Night to Shine events give people with special needs, ages 14 and older, a chance to experience prom night.
The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored the event in conjunction with Compass church, and this year the foundation will sponsor similar events in 500 churches in the United States and in other countries, said Maureen Hilt, a spokeswoman for the church.
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Hilt said this is the second year the church organized the prom. Last year, the church had 125 guests. It accommodated 150 this year.
“We have over 28 guests on a waiting list, and we are hopeful that we can find a bigger venue next year to fit everyone,” Hilt said.
Along with a limo ride, guests had access to hair and makeup stations. The event included a catered dinner, dancing and karaoke. Each guest was crowned either king or queen of the prom.