Hundreds, including many with special needs, enjoy a Night to Shine

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - A Night to Shine is an event many in the mountains have been looking forward to for close to a year.

It is a prom-style event that honors and celebrates people with special needs in our community.

Last year, there were about 200 people that attended the prom at the First Federal Center in Hazard. This year, there were close to 500 people at the event.

As the night began, family and friends clapped as the stars of the night walked along the red carpet.

"This night is to uplift them and make them the center of attention and to just love on them", said Joseph Johnson, who helped organize the event.

With makeup and shoe shine stations, food, and music, this event aims at making everyone's night special.

"The best part about this is a prom for my son", said Sharon Whitaker, who came to the event with her family. "He's 17 and has autism. And just things like this for him to get out in the community and be accepted."

The dance floor was packed for most of the night. Many in attendance say dancing and listening to the music is their favorite part.

More than an hour into the event, everyone in attendance was crowned kings and queens.

A Night to Shine is a national event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Many people from Journey Christian Church volunteered to make the event happen.

Organizers hope this is a yearly tradition.

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