Night to Shine: TrueNorth Church hosted fourth annual prom for people with special needs

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The “Night to Shine” is a worldwide movement to embrace people with special needs. A local church in North Augusta hosted an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love. 

TrueNorth Church gave back to people who will miss out on their prom. The pastor of the church says every year volunteers are eager to help.

“The win for us is volunteers,” Shane Williams. “It’s is exciting to be a part of, without any motive, just  showing the love of god, and having a blast with always these people.”

More than 200 guests walked the red carpet as paparazzi greeted them.

“They just love to give something beyond themselves, and just experience pure joy tonight,” said Williams. 

A mother who is also a caretaker told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson she is grateful for the church’s efforts.

“It’s just wonderful for them to give these children the opportunity,” said Penny White.

Not only is the guest treated like royalty but also the caretakers.

“Oh my gosh, I’ve been looking forward to this since last year,” explained White. “Just a night to get away, and relax to be with other parents that are going through the same thing we are it’s wonderful.” 

The pastor of TrueNorth says the spotlight will shine on everyone tonight.

“We all went to our high school prom or we been through those things, and often time it’s spotlighted on a few people,” said Williams. “We want to spotlight our 200 guest that is here, and let them know they are special and loved.”

“The Night to Shine” is run by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Each year the foundation crowns more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. 

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