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Manassas prom is a 'Night to Shine' for people with special needs

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All Saints Church in Manassas was one of more than 500 churches around the world hosting 2019 Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

The Feb. 8 event was a prom-night experience for people 14 and older with special needs. More than 105 honored guests and their parents attended the event. Additionally, more than 150 volunteers made the night possible, including the buddies who were paired with each guest. 

Guests received the royal treatment from hair and makeup to shoe shining, corsages and boutonnieres. A catered dinner was served, complete with favors and dancing. The highlight of the night was when each guest was crowned king or queen of the prom.

Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, started the prom five years ago. According to his foundation website, this year more than 175,000 volunteers in more than 540 churches worldwide served more than 90,000 honored guests.

All Saints Church became involved when parishioners Danielle Smith heard about the program from a friend. After babysitting children with special needs for years, Smith thought it would be a wonderful way to show God’s love to them.

Photos by Joe Cashwell | For the Catholic Herald


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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019