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Volunteers Needed to Help Make Special Prom a Night to Shine

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A special prom is coming up this month that will give guests a night to remember. A Night to Shine began on Valentine's Day weekend last year as a way to celebrate people with special needs. Two metro churches will hold the event this year and volunteers are still needed.

Katie Brown is getting ready for a special night.

"The prom, I am so excited," she said.

The 32-year-old attended A Night to Shine last year at Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny. This year, Valley Church in West Des Moines will also hold the event, which is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

"We're excited to host this unforgettable prom night experience for individuals with special needs that are 16 years of age or older," said Beth Castile, the Special Needs Coordinator at Valley Church.

Katie Brown shows the dress she'll wear for A Night to Shine.

Katie Brown shows the dress she'll wear for A Night to Shine.

About 250 guests will dance the night away on Feb. 12 at Valley Church. They'll even be treated to pre-prom activities.

"Nails getting done, hair, makeup, and karaoke, because they all love karaoke," Castile said.

Volunteers are still needed. One simple way is to show up February 12th outside the Valley Community Center and serve as paparazzi.

"We would love lots of people to come out and support and be on the Valley Community Center sidewalks to welcome them in their limo buses as they arrive on the red carpet," said Castile.

Organizers also need prom buddies to accompany the guests and make the event extra special. "It's a fun event to let them be reminded that they're special in God's eyes. Everyone is created equally in God's eyes and they are kings and queens for the night, but in God's eyes, they're king and queen every night," said Castile.

It’s a night they'll never forget.

Brown talked about last year’s dance and said, "It was awesome, and we did a song from Frozen, 'Let it Go.' I like that one."

A Night to Shine is February 12th at Valley Church in West Des Moines and Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny. You can sign up to help on Valley Church’s website.

The Tim Tebow Foundation started A Night to Shine last year at 44 churches across the country. This year, 200 churches in 48 states will hold the prom events. The foundation will provide $2 million in sponsorships to the host churches. About 70,000 volunteers will help across the country to put on the events.

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