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College Heights to offer 'Night to Shine' prom event

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By Kelly Cantrall

A local church is giving a prom experience to those who might have missed out the first time around.

College Heights United Methodist Church is hosting “A Night to Shine,” a prom for individuals with special needs ages 15 and older, from 5 to 10 p.m. April 20 at Central Hardin High School.

Attendees can receive formal wear for the event, have their hair and makeup done, have photos taken, eat a meal, dance and end the evening with a devotion.

Southland Christian Church in Lexington has hosted a similar event for years, and Joe Bennett, pastor to students at College Heights, felt it would be a good ministry to bring to Hardin County. He thought there needed to be more programs for those with special needs.

“We wanted to do something for them and we thought that would be a cool thing to do,” he said.

The church has many donated clothing items, and fittings for the garments is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Bennett said volunteers age 18 and older are needed to serve as escorts for each attendee. The church will offer training for volunteers a week before the event.

“For us, it’s a way to share the love of Jesus,” Bennett said.

There are more than 50 participants registered for the event.

Those interested in volunteering or donating items for the meal can contact the church at (270) 765-4284. Those interested in attending the prom can register at www.anighttoshine.eventbrite.com.

Bennett said he hopes this will be the first of many such events.

“We’d love to see it become an annual event, we really would,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.