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Night to Shine: Local church hosts prom honoring students with special needs at Nats Park

Night to Shine: Local church hosts prom honoring students with special needs at Nats Park (ABC7)

They got to take a ride in a limousine, then walk the red carpet. After that, it was on to the food and the dance party.

Nearly 200 students came to Nationals Park Friday night to attend Night to Shine, a prom aimed at young people with special needs.

Between the students, their parents and caregivers, and the many volunteers, well over 500 people attended the Night to Shine event, which was one of the hundreds put on throughout the United States and the world Friday night.

Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The former football star launched the event in 2015, and since then it has seen huge growth.

The event at Nationals Park was one of several put on in the DC area.

This is the third year Waterfront Church has hosted the Night to Shine event at the baseball stadium. In that time it has more than doubled in size.

"For a group of kids that can honestly feel uncomfortable in their own skin 364 days a year, this is a chance for them to remember that they are precious, that they are valued, and that they have a purpose," said Waterfront Church's Pastor Zack Randles.

Everything from the prom dresses to corsages to the food was free.

"Being a mother of an individual with special needs, a lot of times you're concerned that your child is moreso tolerated than celebrated," said Sarah Herring, whose daughter Dajah attended. "And this environment is all about celebrating them, celebrating their uniqueness."

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