Night to Shine Prom held in Alachua for people with special needs

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ALACHUA, Fla. (WCJB) -- For one night every year, people around the world with special needs get a true prom experience.

Night to Shine was created by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is hosted by hundreds of churches, both in the United States and abroad. Fort Clarke United Methodist Church hosted a Night to Shine prom in Alachua Friday night.

About 250 people from around North Central Florida attended the event at Legacy Park. The event was staffed by 400 volunteers.

"Our thing here is we're building community between our guests, who have special needs," said Kristen Thompson, the Marketing and Vendor Coordinator. "That's really where it's important. We're just making those connections, and those connections last the whole year."

Attendees get a VIP experience, complete with red carpet, paparazzi, make-up and shoe shining, and even limo rides.

Around the world, more than 100,000 people with special needs attended Night to Shine events Friday. More than 200,000 people volunteered at the events.