New Mexicans prepare for a ‘Night to Shine’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Hundreds of New Mexicans spent Friday morning and afternoon preparing for a special needs prom.

“It means happiness, joy,” said Korinna Guevara.

Korinna Guevara was never asked to prom when she was younger.

“I had like people making fun of me, making jokes about me,” Guevara said.

Growing up, Guevara said she was an easy target for bullies.

“They said that I am retarded or dumb, but I’m not,” she said.

The now 48-year-old said she never dreamed of doing what she said ‘normal’ kids did, until now.

“They tell me keep your head up high and go for the gold,” Guevara said.

That gold will be sure to shine bright on Friday evening as Guevara attends her very first prom.

“I can meet friends or my new boyfriend, you never know,” she said.

It’s all part of Tim Tebow’s National Night to Shine experience where more than 200 churches in 48 states and eight countries host a special needs prom.

Legacy Church in Albuquerque is hosting the event in New Mexico. The church expects about 1,300 people to attend.

“The joy that comes form seeing how happy these people are to be at this event, to get to dressed up and to put on a prom gown or if they are a gentleman to put on a suit and a tie and be made to feel special,” said Legacy Church Administrative Assistant Fran Luna.

“My mom thinks I’m going to be Prince Charming and my date is going to be Cinderella,” said prom participant Dakota.

Like Cinderella, the people attending the prom got the fairy godmother treatment on Friday.

“I am getting my nails done, makeup and hair,” said prom participant Emily.

The event which included dinner and dancing starts at 6:30 p.m. at Legacy Church.

Anyone 16 and older with special needs can attend.

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