Just one smile can light up a room. And 350 smiles might just change the world.
That's the number of promgoers that will attend Pickerington's "Night to Shine," a worldwide prom event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Pickerington's Grace Fellowship Church was selected to be a host church for the free prom for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
"Night to Shine is an incredible prom night experience centered on God's love for people with special needs," said Katie Bennett, Outreach Coordinator at Grace Fellowship.
"The event includes a red carpet entrance, dinner, limo rides, an official crowning (of prom king and queen) ceremony, dancing and much more," she said.
The free prom will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 in Grace Fellowship Church, 1449 Refugee Road, Pickerington.
Bennett said the aim of the event is to provide a fun, safe and rewarding experience for participants and their caregivers.
"The focus is for them to feel loved," Bennett said. "Regardless of (having) special needs they are loved. It's a special night for them."
She said Grace Fellowship is honored to host the event.
"It's just an incredible opportunity for us to impact our community," Bennett said.
Each prom participant will be accompanied by a caregiver (or buddy) which means registration will be capped at 700 people. Bennett said Grace Fellowship has the room to accommodate such a large gathering.
Volunteers are being sought to help with the event. In 2017, there were 375 host churches, 150,000 volunteers and 75,000 honored kings and queens who participated in Night to Shine around the world, said Bennett.
Grace Fellowship is seeking participants and volunteers for the free event.
All guests and volunteers are required to register. For details and to register go to www.gracefellowship.cc/nighttoshine.