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1C the Sanctuary was rocking Friday evening.

About 150 people with special needs from around the community came out and received the full prom experience during “Night to Shine,” made possible through the Tim Tebow Foundation. There was a red carpet, limo rides and a crowned king and queen.

Shortly before 7 p.m., attendees continued funneling into the sanctuary area which served as one big dance floor. Nearly 400 volunteers were in attendance ensuring each prom attendee had a buddy to spend their night with.

The event took about nine months of planning to come full circle, said Columbus resident Amber Stary, who more than a year ago sent a letter to the Tim Tebow Foundation asking for the opportunity to bring “Night to Shine” to the community.

In 2018, more than 537 churches nationwide and in 16 countries participated in the movement, as previously reported by The Telegram.

Stary, who didn’t expect to hear back from the foundation, said she’s thrilled that so many deserving people could benefit from such a fun night out.

“This has kind of been my passion, to do something big for them, because they don’t always get this type of thing for them,” Stary said of “Night to Shine” participants. “That’s what this day is for, completely for them.”

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