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Wallingford Church Hosts Ball Celebrating People With Special Needs

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    Wallingford Church Hosts Ball Celebrating People With Special Needs

    The Red Carpet was rolled out in Wallingford for an evening of awesomeness for some people nothing short of extraordinary on Friday night.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019)

    The Red Carpet was rolled out in Wallingford for an evening of awesomeness for some people nothing short of extraordinary on Friday night.

    New Life Church joined more than 600 churches around the world for "Night to Shine," a ball dedicated to celebrating and embracing people with special needs, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

    "We just want them to feel loved. We want them to know how special they are and how much we love them," said New Life Church Pastor Will Moratti.

    No detail was overlooked. After getting welcomes fit for superstars, ladies got dolled up in the beauty salon and gents got their shoes shined.

    A photo booth captured million dollar smiles. Then it was time to shake a tail feather on the dance floor.

    Kate and her best buddy Kathleen didn't miss a beat.

    "I just like to frolic on the dance floor and be myself," Kate said.

    "Just seeing this and everyone being happy is just amazing," Kathleen added.

    Quite a few stars were born on the party's karaoke mic.

    "It's fun, the karaoke, the dance, the food," said Gloria Perez, of Plainville.

    New Life joins more than 100,000 people sharing in this night like no other. It surely won't be forgotten by all who joined this magical celebration.

    "One hundred and forty volunteers working tirelessly all weekend, this was put together. We're just so honored to be a part of it," Pastor Moratti said.

    This was the first time that New Life hosted Night to Shine, but it's been such a success that Pastor Moratti said he hopes they can host more of these events for years to come.

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