Tim Tebow Foundation’s 5th Annual Night to Shine Prom for People with Special Needs Crowns 100,000 Kings and Queens of the Prom
This past Friday, hundreds of thousands of people came together on one single night, all from different cities, different countries, different cultures, but with the same love, in a worldwide movement celebrating people with special needs. At Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, 200,000+ volunteers from 655 churches and 35 different denominations across the United States and 24 countries, honored more than 100,000+ guests with special needs simultaneously on one incredible night.
“Night to Shine is special because there are so many things in our society that tear people apart and this night is a night that brings people together. Because every single person is important...we are all loved, we are all created in God’s image and there is a reason and a purpose for each our lives,” shares Tim Tebow, Founder and Chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation.
As he does each year, Tim Tebow set off to attend as many locations as he could to be able to personally encourage, celebrate and love on the communities hosting Night to Shine and their guests. Tebow’s travels began Wednesday, February 6, with the 2019 Night to Shine Kickoff Tour. The first leg of the Kickoff Tour was in Cuenca, Ecuador, at the Unsion Foundation, followed by Thursday's stop at Familia De Dios in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. While at Night to Shine in Ecuador and Mexico, Tim Tebow and the team who accompanied him walked guests down the red carpet, danced and crowned guests King or Queen!
After Mexico, the team flew back to the States to make several stops throughout the day at host locations as they prepared for the big night. The team surprised students with special needs and Night to Shine honored guests at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, and were able to pray with the students as well as tour where Night to Shine would be held that evening. At Compass Christian Church in Grapevine, TX, they surprised some volunteers that were setting up for Night to Shine, took photos and prayed with the volunteers and leadership team. The next stop was Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, TX, who has hosted Night to Shine all five years, during which they surprised honored guests that were getting their hair and makeup done, listened to their worship team as they prepared for Night to Shine and prayed with the leadership team.
As Night to Shine began to make its way across the country, the team traveled to Albuquerque, NM, where they visited Legacy Church, another 5th-year host. Tim met and thanked volunteers, surprised and spent time with honored guests getting their hair and makeup done and prayed over the team of volunteers.
The last church to be surprised by Tim Tebow for Night to Shine 2019 was ZOE Church in Los Angeles, CA. Tim welcomed numerous guests as they walked the red carpet, and then spent the night dancing with A LOT of kings and queens and shared the message of God’s love with all the honored guests and volunteers.
All while Tim Tebow and the TTF team were traveling Friday evening, Night to Shine events were happening simultaneously around the world. Thousands of boys, girls, men and women were enjoying THEIR Night to Shine… they were being cheered for, clapped for, and loved by thousands of volunteers, their family and their friends.
“God gave his very best for each of us - he gave us his Son - and because he was willing do that, we are willing to do whatever it takes to make these honored guests feel special and feel loved. They are worth it, and that's why I love Night to Shine.” - Tim Tebow
The foundation has shared the Official 2019 Night to Shine Worldwide Highlight Video to tell the story of what can happen when people from all over the world join together in love and celebration of people with special needs. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/Bgz6X2BxPQo
“Night to Shine is such an incredible night of pure love, joy and celebration. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world come together to lift up the honored guests, to celebrate their value, to celebrate their significance,” shares Steve Biondo, President of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Our prayer is that this celebration continues daily in each of these communities across the globe. It may just flat out change the world.”
This year alone, the Tim Tebow Foundation dedicated more than $2.5 million to Night to Shine through financial grants assisting churches who wished to host, prom kits for each of the host churches including décor and gifts for the honored guest, and individual staff support. The foundation’s commitment is made possible through the generous support of the event’s official Global Partner, American Residential Services. Night to Shine is just the beginning, though, as the foundation is launching a new ministry this year to support churches in creating or enhancing special needs ministries to serve these honored guests and their families year-round.
The Tim Tebow Foundation is already looking ahead to Night to Shine 2020, planning for continued God-sized growth as more and more people stand with them in celebrating people with special needs. To sign up to stand with the Tim Tebow Foundation or donate towards Night to Shine visit www.timtebowfoundation.org.
About Night to Shine:
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. This event has generated worldwide interest and may one day change Valentine’s Day weekend from just a celebration of love to a celebration of God’s love for all of His kings & queens.
About the Tim Tebow Foundation:
The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. That mission is being fulfilled every day through the foundation’s seven areas of outreach, including W15H, Timmy’s Playrooms, Orphan Care + Prevention, Adoption Aid, the Tebow CURE Hospital, Team Tebow and Night to Shine. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit www.timtebowfoundation.org
About American Residential Services:
Based in Memphis, Tenn., privately-owned ARS operates a network of more than 70 locally-managed service centers in 23 states, with approximately 7,500 employees. The ARS Network features industry-leading brands including, A.J. Perri, Aksarben ARS, Allgood, Andy’s Statewide, ARS, Aspen Air Conditioning, Atlas Trillo, Beutler, Blue Dot, Bob Hamilton, Brothers, Columbus Worthington Air, Comfort Heating & Air, Conway Services, Efficient Attic Systems (EAS), Florida Home Air Conditioning, Green Star Home Services, Irish Plumber, McCarthy Services, Rescue Rooter / Proserv, Rescue Rooter, RighTime Home Services, RS Andrews, The Irish Plumber, Unique Services, "Will" Fix It, and Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. As an Exceptional Service Provider, the ARS Network serves both residential and light commercial customers by providing heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation services. Each location has a knowledgeable team of trained specialists. ARS requires background checks and drug tests on all employees. We hire professionals with the highest level of integrity. Providing exceptional service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right – the first time, with all work fully guaranteed. ARS: "Making it work. Making it right." For more information about American Residential Services, please visit https://www.ars.com.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, 375 churches, from around the world, hosted Night to Shine for 75,000 honored guests through the support of 150,000 volunteers!
Check out the Official 2019 Night to Shine Gator Nation Highlight Video below.
Legacy Park in Alachua, Florida is hosting a PROM NIGHT for individuals with special needs ages 14+ (Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation) Our guests will be given the true VIP treatment:
Red Carpet Entrance with Paparazzi
Hair and Makeup for the girls + Shoe Shines for the guys
Catered Meal + Limo Ride and much more...
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Venue Host of Night to Shine 2019
Co-Host of Night to Shine 2019
Catering Dinner to our Guests