Everyone remembers their first time at prom. A total coming-of-age experience, and the first real party for those looking to their new life as "adults". The Lights, music, food, limos, and everyone dressed to the nines in beautiful gowns and tuxedos. And then there was always a chance to be King and Queen and stroll in on the red carpet. That experience is exactly what a Night to Shine brings to people with special needs.

Credit: Hope Church YouTube Channel
Credit: Hope Church YouTube Channel

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Hope Church is hosting this evening of fun on February 10th at the Grand River Center. The event will be hosted simultaneously around the world in more than 720 host churches across all 50 states; including in 34 countries, and 36 different denominations; all organized by The Tim Tebow Foundation.

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Registrations for the local Dubuque event at the Grand River center are due on Saturday, December 31st. Register at ehope.org/NTS. This event is free for guests 14 & older with special needs and include a red-carpet entrance, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a royal-themed dinner, karaoke, dancing, and a photo booth. Night to Shine was created by the Tim Tebow Foundation in partnership with the Christian organization Youth With A Mission. Night to Shine celebrates the worth and value of people with special needs in a community wide event centered on God’s love for them.

As stated on the website, over 400 volunteers are needed to support this event, and thankfully that number has been reached. You can still help in other ways for this event though. Head to this website (Night to Shine | Hope Church (ehope.org)) and click the link for individual or business contributions. Your support makes an impact in the lives and joy of those with special needs. For more information on Hope Church in Dubuque visit them at 11893 John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque or at ehope.org

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