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  • WVUA 23s Chelsea Barton poses with kings and quee

    first_imgWVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton poses with kings and queens of the Night to Shine Event.Night to Shine is a worldwide event put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation. It allows people with special needs to have a prom night they will never forget.This event brings faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.According to Tim Tebow, this night is meant for people to understand their worth. God loves them and their community does too.This is the fifth anniversary of the Night to Shine event. Valley View Baptist Church is one of 537 churches that hosted the event. The event took place at Shelton State Community College.Valley View Baptist Church Pastor Drew Dockery wants every individual who attended to know they are loved for who they are.“We’re thankful that Tim Tebow and his foundation put on Night to Shine and that we can be a part of it. And to just show these individuals that we love them, that the community loves them, that the church loves them, but above all else the Lord loves them and that they are kings and queens in His eyes and in our eyes,” Dockery said.Carla Allen says her daughter looks forward to this night every year.“This is just an amazing night for my daughter Annie. She is 15. She has attended the prom for three years and it’s just her night to shine. She’s nonverbal, nonambulatory, but she knows this is her night,” Allen said.More than 400 volunteers came together to put on a special event for the 160 guests who attended.The night started with girls getting their hair and makeup done while boys got their shoes shined.All attendees and their dates got on a party bus and dropped off at the red carpet. The red carpet was lined with people cheering and taking pictures. The Million Dollar Band played “Yea Alabama” as guests walked down the red carpet.Prom attendee Alex Hughey said this event makes her feel loved.“I feel special and beautiful today and I feel like a great person here. and I feel like iI made many new friends,” Hughey said.Guests enjoyed a meal provided by Chick-Fil-A and desserts provided by TCBY.After dinner, good music and dancing consumed the night. Tim Tebow appeared on a video screen thanking everyone for coming to the event and completed the video with a prayer.The night finished with a balloon drop and WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton crowing of the prom kings and queens. All attendees received a crown, gift basket and endless amount of memories.last_img read more