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A Night to Shine in Moultrie

Nettie Hatcher, Breathe Ministry Pastor at Heritage Church Nettie Hatcher, Breathe Ministry Pastor at Heritage Church
Nettie and daughter Jessica Nettie and daughter Jessica
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

From freshly done make-up and hair, to beautiful donated dresses and tuxes. And of course, a limo.

Heritage Church in Moultrie rolled out the red carpet for prom goers.

"Seeing them dressed up and feeling so special, it just means the world to us," said Pastor Nettie Hatcher.

Participants of all ages paired up with volunteer buddies to dance the night away.

"The ages are from about 12 until about 60," said Hatcher. "And, we even have a family here from Atlanta this year. So, we're the only church in the state of Georgia to host this event. So, we have people from all over."

Hatcher, who is pastor of the Heritage Breathe Ministry for special needs, was inspired to do something after raising her own daughter, 19 year-old Jessica, who has a very rare genetic disorder.

"As a parent of a special needs child, we hear no a lot," said Hatcher. "There's so many things that they can't do. And so many times the no's are amplified. And so tonight, for them to be able to get dressed up and receive the royal treatment, it just means a lot to the parents."

So, Hatcher applied to the Tim Tebow Foundation for the Night to Shine event. And after being selected as 1 of 45 churches from around the world, opened up the event for families across the state.

"Just to have him come out and know he's coming somewhere to be accepted, that he can participate, it's just awesome," said Liz Chason, parent. "He was so excited getting ready this afternoon."

And the participants didn't need votes to determine prom royalty.

Every participant was crowned king or queen.

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