It's a memorable Valentine's weekend for hundreds of Oklahomans with special needs. Friday evening, the Putnam City Baptist Church hosted "Night to Shine."
A “Night to Shine” is a world-wide recognized event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. It’s a prom night experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs, ages 16 and older.
"We couldn't be more excited to partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation in hosting the 2016 Night to Shine Prom," PCBC senior pastor Bill Hulse said. "This will be a tremendous community-wide event to provide one special night for some of the most special people in all the world! We admire and share the vision that Tim Tebow has to make a difference in people's lives."
Several special guests were in attendance at the prom such as Pistol Pete, Boomer and Sooner, Elsa from the hit movie Frozen as well as many others.
Every guest entered the dance on the red carpet -- complete with paparazzi -- and were given the VIP treatment.
“We have one girl that came in from Texas that was embarrassed at her prom, at her school. And her parents said can she come and have a prom that she can enjoy. And she’s come from Texas. We got ‘em from Louisiana. It’s just been a very exciting thing to see happen,” said Pastor Hulse.
Every guest was also crowned as prom king or queen.
"We are honored to be able to work with so many churches across the county and around the world to impact the lives of people with special needs," said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. "After such an amazing response to the inaugural event held in 44 locations earlier this year, our prayer is that this event will one day change the face of Valentine's Day weekend from simply a celebration of love, to a celebration of God's love for people with special needs."
During Night to Shine 2015, 44 hosts churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor the more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year, the host churches are expected to see more than 20,000 people with special needs at prom all at one time around the world.
For more information on this worldwide movement and to support the continued growth of Night to Shine with a donation, visit here.