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By Charlotte Burrous

It will be a Night to Shine for people with special needs when The Vineyard and The Catalyst Church hosts the fifth annual Night to Shine Prom from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in The Vineyard at 245 S. Raynolds Ave. in Cañon City.
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, everyone with special needs from ages 14 and up is invited to the prom on this special occasion.

It’s a time to dress up or wear their regular clothes. Formal dress is not required. Girls who like to dress up may get prom dresses at no charge in Chrysalis at 515 Main St. and boys may get their suits and tuxedoes at New Horizons or Goodwill at no charge.
“When they arrive at the prom, the girls receive corsages and the boys receive boutonnieres,” said Jennifer Harrigan, organizer. “Their keepsakes. We do them every year. We always do silk so they can keep them.”

Not only do they get to dance, but also they’ll have an opportunity to take limo or Trolley rides, have their official photographs taken, participate in karaoke, listen to a DJ, have their shoes shined, visit the sparkling station, have massages, visit the game room and be crowned either as Kings or Queens of the Prom.

Also as part of the event, The Catalyst Church will provide hors d’oeuvres and beverage, as well as the decorations.
“(Guests) do need to register, but they can register online at vineyardlive.org,” Harrigan said. “We partnered with The Vineyard. Tim Tebow Foundation wanted us to partner with a church. It started off with 44 churches. The second year, it was (more than) 200. This year, it’s (more than) 700 churches. It’s not 700 proms, but 700 churches. The Catalyst Church (has joined) us too.”

But it also takes volunteers to help that night. They also need to register at vineyardlive.org, she said. Then click on NTS on the menu and register either as a guest or a volunteer.

“It’s a very emotional evening for the guests, as well as the volunteers,” said Starpoint Foundation Director Ron Hinkle.
“It’s centered on God’s love,” Harrigan added. “It’s an unforgettable prom night.”Those who would like to attend or volunteer are urged to go online to vineyardlive.org to fill out applications as soon as possible.

Vineyard and Catalyst hosts fifth annual Night to Shine Prom

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