Proms Expected To Draw 30,000 With Special Needs
This Valentine’s Day weekend, hundreds of proms planned specifically for people with special needs will take place on a single night at sites around the globe.
Two hundred churches in 48 states and eight countries are expected to host the events organized by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow through his foundation.
Dubbed “Night to Shine” all of the parties scheduled for Feb. 12 will feature a red carpet entrance with “friendly paparazzi,” corsages and boutonnieres, karaoke, dancing and hair, makeup and shoe-shining stations.
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Every participant will be crowned king or queen of the prom.
“When I was 15 years old, I began to realize the importance of fighting for people who can’t fight for themselves,” Tebow said. “As a foundation, we are so passionate about people with special needs, and this event is a great time to tell them how much they are loved by God and by all of us.”
For the events, the Tim Tebow Foundation provides host churches with instructions, guidance, funding, decorations and gifts for attendees. The organization said it is spending $2 million on the parties.
Over 70,000 volunteers and more than 30,000 individuals with disabilities are expected to attend. The free proms are open to people with special needs ages 16 and older.
Last year, similar events were held at nearly four-dozen venues in the United States and abroad.