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Local church hosts Tim Tebow's "Night to Shine" prom for people with special needs

The event launched in 2015
Posted at 10:37 PM, Feb 07, 2020

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A local church is one of nearly 800 churches worldwide hosting Tim Tebow's "Night to Shine" prom.

Nearly 200 people with special needs attended the prom inside a local high school in Pasco County.

Every guest enters on a red carpet, enjoys a catered dinner and gets a limousine ride. All guests are crowned king or queen of the prom.

"It is something my daughter normally doesn't get to do. We try to make all kinds of special moments for her and this is one of them," said Richard Bednarski.

Richard's daughter, Angela, has Down syndrome. Bednarski said the event means a lot to his family.

"She likes the fact that she can go out and be herself and not worry about what others think or what others say," he added.

Pastor Clayton Bell of Trinity New Life Church said the church has hosted the event since it started.

"This event is completely and totally tailored for them to create an experience that doesn't just start here. It starts weeks ago from shopping for dresses and suits," said Pastor Clayton Bell.

"Night to Shine 2020" is hosted by 721 churches across all 50 states and in 34 countries.

Kala Hamilton is the lead prom director. She said the event celebrates a beautiful part of the community.

"Is the most forgiving, loving, amazing part of our community so we're here to celebrate them," said Hamilton.

"This is truly to celebrate who God made them to be," she added.

It's the sixth anniversary for "Night to Shine."