All smiles at the ‘Night to Shine’ prom in Broadview Heights for teens with special needs

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BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Over 160 people with special needs walked the red carpet Friday night at the Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights.

“We are doing a ‘Night to Shine,'” said Pastor Chad Allen.

The CVC is one of three churches in Northeast Ohio that hosted a prom for teens with special needs on Friday night.

“We are one of 200 churches partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation simultaneously hosting a special needs prom in 48 states and 7 countries,” said Pastor Allen.

“Tears came to my eyes the second we pulled into the church driveway. This is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Christine Boyle.

Boyle spent the day picking out a dress with her daughter Courtney and getting their hair and makeup done.

“It has just been an awesome experience. It’s something that most kids get to do and some with special needs don’t. We are so grateful,” said Boyle.

Each special attendee got to be in the spotlight as they received a crown or a tiara because they are all kings and queens.

“I love the spirit of the Tebow Foundation. They want to take Valentine’s Day, which is a day of love, and really extend that into God’s love for all people,” said Pastor Allen.

“To see their smiles, there is so much joy. It’s amazing,” added Boyle.

The other prom locations include Garfield Memorial Church in Pepper Pike and First Christian Church in Canton.

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