The church is planning a dance for people with special needs

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It’s time for the “Return of the Super Heroes”.

Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain America have been invited, but people with special needs will be the real-life superheroes at the Putnam City Baptist Church’s OKC Prom 2022.

VIP attendees can mingle with the comic book superhero characters who inspire them at the in-person prom experience scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Church, 11401 N Rockwell.

“Our attendees are coming back, the real heroes,” said Robert Miller, a Putnam City Baptist member who is coordinating the ball.

He said the event will feature many of the same special activities that have been offered over the years as part of the “Night to Shine” prom events held at the church.

However, he said it’s important to note that this year’s in-person event is not being hosted in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation’s international “Night to Shine” program, which will be virtual.

The Tim Tebow Foundation launched the “Night to Shine” balls in cooperation with churches around the world. Details of the foundation’s plans for a virtual experiencer in 2022 were included on the nonprofit’s website.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Night to Shine 2022 will be a global Shine-Thru parade and virtual celebration,” the foundation said in a statement. “Although this year is a little different, nothing can stop Faith, Hope and Love from shining like never before.”

Tiffany Pinkston and John Henning dance during the 2017 "night to shine" at the Putnam City Baptist Church.

Last year, Putnam City Baptist and several other Oklahoma churches participated in the foundation’s first virtual prom experience, offered online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miller said the church has decided to hold its own in-person event this year, hoping that predictions of a late-January spike in COVID-19 cases hold true and that virus cases will decline by prom time. in mid-February.

“These kids, they need a prom, that’s why we’re going to have ours live,” he said.

welcome super heroes

The Tim Tebow Foundation created the Prom Night Gathering for people ages 14 and older with special needs. The foundation partners with churches around the world to host the Valentine’s Day weekend prom experiences as celebrations of God’s love for VIP guests.

Miller has been the coordinator of “Night to Shine” in Oklahoma since Putnam City Baptist began hosting the special balls in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation in 2016.

Like previous Night to Shine events, OKC Prom will have volunteers serving as buddies for each VIP attendee to ensure they have the best prom experience. Miller said there will be room for 200 VIP attendees and their volunteer buddies. He said the church had had hundreds of additional attendees in the past, but decided to lower the registration limit. The church also has extra square footage due to a new addition so that attendees have enough space to enjoy the evening without it being overcrowded.

Traci McLearen walks the red carpet at the 2018 Oklahoma City "night to shine" prom experience at Putnam City Baptist Church.

A Parents’ Ball for parents and caregivers of participants will be held this year at Putnam City North High School. In previous years, the parents’ event was held at an Oklahoma City senior health and wellness center adjacent to the church, but Miller said work was underway at that location. building.

Chick-Fil-A will provide meals for the prom experience while Qdoba is prepared to support the prom for the parents. Miller said prom attendees will be able to visit the Thunder Girls and local celebrities. A DJ will be in charge of the music for the dance and participants will be able to enjoy karaoke and limo rides.

Miller, known as the “Prom Guy,” said the church will partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation next year if the organization collaborates on live prom experiences.

Shine on

Although Putnam City Baptist is hosting its own in-person prom event, several Oklahoma churches are participating in the Shine-Thru Parade and Tim Tebow Foundation Virtual Celebration this year.

These include Crossings Edmond in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Kari Holder, the church’s nursery and early childhood pastor, said this will be the third time Crossings Edmond has hosted “Night to Shine”. She said the church is holding a drive-thru “Shine-Thru” event in the church’s parking lot, 1500 Covell Road. VIP attendees will be able to visit multiple stations to receive items to enjoy the Night to Shine Shine-Thru Parade and Virtual Home Celebration on February 12.

“It’s a way for them to get a little bit of the fun prom experience from the comfort of their own car,” Holder said.

OKC Prom

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 11.

Or: Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N Rockwell.

Cost: To free.

Information: To register as a participant or buddy, go to https://pcbc.tv/prom/; also see https://www.facebook.com/NightToShineOKC/.

Edmond Shine-Thru Crossings

When: The Drive-thru event is February 10. The virtual “Night to Shine” will take place on February 12.

Or: Edmond Crossings, 1500 W Covell Road, Edmond.

Cost: To free.

Information/registration: www.crossings.church/shine.

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