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Church to host prom night for people with special needs

Catalyst Church, 206 W. 12th Ave., will hold Night to Shine 2020, a complimentary prom for special needs people ages 14 and older.

It is one of nearly 750 churches around the world already registered to host tonight’s event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Catalyst is part of this worldwide movement that is uniting churches of different denominations all over the world with the common goal of celebrating people with special needs.

Mike Blackie, pastor of Catalyst Church, said the church is expecting 80 to 85 guests for the event along with 130 volunteers and hopefully Stormtroopers.

He said, in addition to Blair County, guests are coming from Huntingdon, Cambria and Bedford County.

At Night to Shine, each guest enters on a red carpet complete with a welcoming crowd and photographers.

At the event, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, prom favors and a dance floor, all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

“It is awe inspiring to see how God is using the church globally to stand up and advocate for people with special needs. I truly believe that the world is coming together through Night to Shine to celebrate the love that God has for us,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation provides each host church with the official 2020 Night to Shine Planning Manual, personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member and access to free and discounted resources.

Night to Shine launched in 2015 with 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers honoring more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. In February 2019, 655 host churches and 200,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 100,000 honored guests with special needs.

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