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GALLERY: Night to Shine hosted for Okotoks special needs community

MyCityCare Okotoks' Night to Shine was a show of love, kindness, and support for the special needs community.

Last Friday night was a night for all to shine at the Foothills Centennial Centre.

Night to Shine on Feb. 9 showed love, support and appreciation to special needs teens and adults.

This year was the second iteration of the annual event, which was hosted by MyCityCare Okotoks in association with the Tim Tebow Foundation.

"Back in 2020 we were planning for a Night to Shine but COVID happened so we got shut down," said Lorna Jewer, director for MyCityCare Okotoks. "We did a socially distanced one where people would come in, play a couple games and get an appointment slot, and now we've graduated to this."

Last year's event had 30 registrations. This year, Jewer was proud to welcome 63 registered guests.

"A lot of our guests have the hugest hearts," said Jewer. "So let's celebrate."

Guests were treated to dinner, snow cones, arcade games and more during the event.

"I think it's nothing but a positive impact," said Jewer. "Members of our community that have special needs often get overlooked.

"An event like this shows them that they are truly kings and queens."

The formal event featured limo rides, crowns and a red carpet entrance for guests to be welcomed with applause and pictures by a volunteer photographer.

MyCityCare regularly hosts free events for the Okotoks community, such as clothing giveaways and personal Christmas shopping.

Learn more about MyCityCare here and the Tim Tebow Foundation here.

Amir Said

About the Author: Amir Said

Amir Said is a reporter and photographer covering local news throughout Foothills County. He can be reached at [email protected].
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