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Prom in Macon County is just for those with special needs

Organizers and volunteers readied Macon County's Bloemsma Barn for Night to Shine, the spotlight Tim Tebow and his foundation put on people with special needs. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

It's not traditional prom season. But hundreds of proms were taking place Friday night across the world, one of them here in our mountains.

Organizers and volunteers readied Macon County's Bloemsma Barn for Night to Shine, the spotlight Tim Tebow and his foundation put on people with special needs.

“You looking forward to it, Kyle,” Tim Bracket asked his son.

“Yes,” Kyle said.

Brackett said Kyle looks forward to all the activities of the prom-like event, including riding in a limo, a red carpet and dancing.

“It will just be very special to recognize him and all the efforts he's had through his life,” Brackett said.

The Brackett family will all be on hand for this first time involvement with Tebow's Night to Shine.

“Five-hundred-fourteen churches, I think, this year are having proms all over the world at the same time,” organizer Carol Anne Elliott said.

This one, outside Franklin, is hosted by Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

“It's really nice to be able to take a day out just to celebrate some of these folks that never get shown that kind of love,” pastor Brian Southard said.

Night to Shine is done every year around Valentine's Day for special needs folks 14 and up. One-hundred people with special needs will fill the barn Friday night.

“The main goal tonight is to show these people that God loves them and that we love them,” Elliott said.

The excitement builds all day, many getting their hair done, getting dresses and tuxedos at no cost thanks to a generous community.

The big moment comes at 8:30.

“All the participants get crowned either King or Queen of the prom,” Elliott said.

Kyle is a big sports fan and would be beside himself if former football star and now baseball player Tebow showed up. That remained a mystery during the day Friday.

“We asked him that. But he wouldn't give it up,” Southard said.

“We just know that he's a real good Christian man and we appreciate him and his foundation,” Brackett said.

Either way, Kyle can't wait.

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