Galt Church crowns 85 prom kings and queens | Way of life

Horizon Community Church hosted the fifth edition of its Night to Shine event on February 5 for people with developmental disabilities.

Guests of honor decked out in their finery for the “Shine-Thru Parade,” crossing the Horizon parking lot to be greeted by cheering church members, Galt police officers and Cosumnes firefighters.

Guests were given the “royal treatment” with crowns, corsages, buttonholes and loot bags. Their course was lined with balloons and streamers, and energetic music filled the air.

The church expected to receive 85 guests of honor this year, aged 15 to 63.

The Horizon event is part of the nationwide Night to Shine program created by footballer Tim Tebow, and is closest to the Sacramento area. The next closest Night to Shine celebrations are in Walnut Creek and Manteca. Night to Shine launched in 2014 as an in-person ball, but to keep the program going during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers reimagined it as a parade.

The fun will continue on February 11 with a global online event.

This will include “a virtual red carpet walk, karaoke, dancing, special guests and more,” according to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s website, “all leading up to when each honored guest will be crowned king or prom queen!

For more information on Horizon’s Night to Shine event, visit nighttoshinenorcal.com. For the national organization, visit timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine. Horizon Community Church is located at 446 Fairway Drive.

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