Special Needs students dance at 2018 Night To Shine Prom Photo Credit: Jose Cashwell

Friday night was prom night for people 14 and older with special needs at All Saints Catholic church in Manassas.  More than 92 honored guests and their parents attended the event, along with 150 volunteers who made the night possible. 

Guests received the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, prom favors for each guest and, of course, dancing. The highlight of the night was when every one of the ‘Night to Shine’ guests was crowned a king or queen of the prom. 

Tim Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, started the prom four years ago. Now, it has become a worldwide movement. According to the Tim Tebow Foundation website, more than 175,000 volunteers in more than 540 churches around the world served more than 90,000 honored guests on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. To learn about the event here

All Saints Catholic Church became involved when one of its parishioners, 26-year-old Danielle Smith, heard about the program from a friend. After babysitting children with special needs for years, Smith thought it would be a wonderful way to show God’s love to them. Fr. Lee Roos, pastor of All Saints, approved the idea, and in June 2017, Smith applied online to the Tim Tebow Foundation for All Saints to become a host church.