Proms For Those With Special Needs Expected To Draw 115,000
Thousands of teens and adults with disabilities are set to dance the night away at a series of special proms all held on a single night at hundreds of sites around the world.
More than 720 churches on five continents will host the parties next week in advance of Valentine’s Day.
The events are part of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s annual “Night to Shine.”
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Open to people with special needs ages 14 and older, the proms typically feature hair and makeup stations, shoe shining, limousine rides, karaoke, dinner and a dance floor. There is a red carpet with “friendly paparazzi” and all guests with special needs are crowned king or queen of the prom.
“Night to Shine is a night that brings people together,” said Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback whose foundation has hosted the events since 2015.
Proms will be held on Feb. 7 at locations in all 50 states and 34 countries, organizers said.
The events are expected to draw 115,000 guests with disabilities and 215,000 volunteers. That’s up from the estimated 100,000 people with special needs who attended proms at more than 650 sites last year.